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Old 06-01-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Update: I'd call it a success.

Every topic I've found so far on this involves people asking if they can stuff it in a bong, or roll it into a joint.

Not interested.

I want to try infusing some finishing hops with a hickory or mesquite smokiness. Basically I want to get the grill going, and while I spend the day smoking some excellent ribs, I want to see if it's possible to smoke my hops as well.

Would this just ruin the hops? Severely change it's AA%? Totally change the profile?

Has anyone done this? And if so, for how long?

Just a curiosity. If no one knows, I'll probably try it in a few weeks. If it's awful, I'll maybe try making a smokey extract out of oak barrels and everclear or something.


 
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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I'm interested too. F'in dopers ruining the search...

Also, I'm interested in using hops as the smoking item. A local brewery smoked onions with hops before they turned them into friend onion rings. I'm curious how this works. It'd be awesome if you could do this with spent hops.

 
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:34 PM   #3
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There was a thread a while back about the same thing. I believe consensus was it'll ruin the delicate oils & acid in the hops. Smoking grain works great though.

Edit: Nevermind, it was about smoking grain with hops smoke:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/hop-...-grain-324251/

But I still think it'll ruin the hops. If you're going for a hickory / mesquite smokiness, I would highly recommend smoking your grain...that definitely works.

 
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:41 PM   #4
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A local brewery smoked onions with hops before they turned them into friend onion rings. I'm curious how this works. It'd be awesome if you could do this with spent hops.

This sounds awesome

 
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #5
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If you were going to do this, I would think you'd want to start with fresh wet hops. They need to be dried anyway, so you could smoke them at the same time (you would want to keep the temp as low as possible). With already-dried hops, I'm guessing they'd get way too crispy. Though maybe if you soaked them first, and/or kept them misted down while smoking?

 
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:50 PM   #6
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If you were going to do this, I would think you'd want to start with fresh wet hops.
You could probably cold smoke them, like you do cheese.

 
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:40 PM   #7
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There was a thread a while back about the same thing. I believe consensus was it'll ruin the delicate oils & acid in the hops.
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But I still think it'll ruin the hops. If you're going for a hickory / mesquite smokiness, I would highly recommend smoking your grain...that definitely works.
I'm not sure I agree. They definitely won't be any good for bittering/hop aroma contributions, but I can see them being used in delicate beers like lambics where you would use aged hops.

I also really really really like the idea of smoking other things with hop smoke. Obviously, somebody's going to have to do these experiments.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:46 PM   #8
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I agree that cold smoking would be the only way to do it (although admittedly I dont know what temp that would be). Smoking in the same manner as you would ribs would surely cook the hops and likely render them useless. I would love to try the end product if you do indeed try this though!

 
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:22 AM   #9
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I'm not sure I agree. They definitely won't be any good for bittering/hop aroma contributions, but I can see them being used in delicate beers like lambics where you would use aged hops.

I also really really really like the idea of smoking other things with hop smoke. Obviously, somebody's going to have to do these experiments.
I agree with you in both of the cases above. Definitely cold smoke, as stated above.

 
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:49 AM   #10
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I'm anxious for someone to actually attempt this and post reviews!
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