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Old 09-12-2007, 03:39 AM   #1
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I went to my LHBS today, and he pulled a box full of wild hops he had picked from the countryside from behind the counter and gave them to me (no cost).. . I went home and measured that he had given me 6.5 oz. I tried to replicate a recipe that I had done earlier. . an IPA recipe.. . but substituted all wild hops . . .


It should be a good, one hop Pale Ale. . .I'll post results as they come up.

I was going to post pictures. . . but my camera was dead. . .anyway, wanted to share the excitement. . . .
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Old 09-12-2007, 04:04 AM   #2
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Isn't it kind of a crap shoot as far as Alpha Acids go? If they're wild you probably wouldn't even be able to guess the content. Not unless it's a known domestic strain that went wild. How much did you use and what did you base it on?
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Old 09-12-2007, 04:18 AM   #3
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Well, these smelled rather mild. . .smelled a LOT like Hallertau. I figured them at 5% AA or less. I used 2 oz at 60 minutes, 1.5 0z at 30 minutes, 1.5 oz 15 minutes, and 1.5 oz at 5 minutes. (that's for a 10 gallon batch)

I figured that using a single hop pale ale with an already proven recipe should give me a good study as what the characteristics of the these hops truly are.

I even have bottles of the original IPA that I can compare.

Yes, its a crap shoot, but I don't think I'll be disappointed.
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Old 09-12-2007, 04:21 AM   #4
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Seems like a decent place to do some continuous hopping.

DFH's 90 minute IPA isn't my favorite, but their 60 minute I think is fantastic.

I've been thinking about continuously hopping a pale ale or IPA for my next brew.

 
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Old 09-12-2007, 04:22 AM   #5
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problem is that I'm going to have to hit up my LHBS for more wild hops to dry hop with. I ran out during the brew.

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Old 09-12-2007, 04:49 AM   #6
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An IPA is a good beer to use wild/unknown hops on b/c too much hop flavor will never hurt.

 
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Old 09-12-2007, 09:23 AM   #7
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Awesome! Who cares if you know what the IBU's. This is a cool experiment. Bet it turns out awesome.

 
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:13 AM   #8
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The only problem is that my efficiency on this one suffered a bit for some reason. . . I have been having that problem on the last several batches. I think it may be related to crush, and maybe too much sparge water. I'm STILL trying to fine tune my system after 1.5 years of using it.

Oh well. The beer will still be good, nevertheless.
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:35 PM   #9
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That sounds awesome! I'd love to stumble across some wild hops... a friend has this tree in his back yard that produces little cones that look a lot like hops but I have no idea what they are. Hops don't really come on trees, do they?

 
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Old 09-12-2007, 02:20 PM   #10
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I might be doing this later in the month. My neighbor says there are some wild/very old hop plants along one of his ditches.
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