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Old 11-19-2007, 03:51 PM   #1
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I am looking for unusual hopping methods I can experiment with? What is the weirdest way you have added hops to you beer?
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:58 PM   #2
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Jamil had an article about adding huge amounts of hops very late in the boil, none boiled over 20 minutes. That is wierd by conventional wisdom, but I am not sure what else you are looking for! Are you looking for more hop flavor or just wanting to know if anyone has done some freakish experimentation?
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:06 PM   #3
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anyone has done some freakish experimentation.
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:33 PM   #4
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How about filling a cornie full of hops right off of the bine and using it as a Randall? Worked well, but I really should have moved the leftovers to another cornie. After two weeks, it started tasting like grass (as in Kentucky bluegrass).

I know one guy who has done several experiments with mash hopping. He feels it is a waste of hops.
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:39 PM   #5
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Have you tried first-wort hopping or using a hopback?
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:43 PM   #6
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I'm a fan of First Wort Hopping for a fresh and grassy summertime flavor.

I have also soaked hops in grain alcohol for a week and added the extraction to the secondary. I'm still unsure how much bitterness was really extracted. I tried this on a low bitterness beer, but would be willing to experiment further.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:33 PM   #7
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I made a braggot on Friday with 5 ounces of hops boiled no longer than 15 minutes. That's about the weirdest thing I've ever done (which isn't really that weird). I'm excited to see how it turns out.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:48 PM   #8
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Well, there is this weird way which led to DFH's contiuously hopped ales.


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We did some experimenting and some taste-testing (by far, the best part of our jobs!) and came up with a continual hopping regimen. We McGuyver-ed an old-fashioned football game (the kind that vibrated) to slowly, but surely dump the pellets into the beer during the length entire boil - we really liked the result and the 60 Minute IPA was born (the boil time for that beer is..... ta-da... 60 minutes long)! We feel the beer retains the best of the hops flavor and aroma without a hop-wallop in-your-face assault.
The football game didn't last too long (it got wet), so we built Sir Hops Alot (a machine we invented that perfected the continual hop regimen) for our 50-bbl brewhouse. When we upgraded to our 100-bbl brewhouse, Sir Hops Alot was retired and we brought in our latest invention Sofa King Hoppy (a bigger, badder invention that allows for continual hopping).
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:05 PM   #9
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This beer
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:30 PM   #10
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Hmm, hop experiments during a hop shortage? I'll stick to getting the best utilization that I can so that my batches so hit $50 each soon.
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