Testing Alpha acids - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Testing Alpha acids

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-27-2008, 04:19 PM   #1
Warrior
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
York, Pa
Posts: 907
Liked 16 Times on 13 Posts



This has probably been covered here before but I was wondering if there is an inexpensive way to have your homegrown hops alpha acid tested?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 04:23 PM   #2
Brewing Clamper
 
Brewing Clamper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2006
Union City, CA
Posts: 2,846
Liked 19 Times on 17 Posts


I think I remember reading something about this a while back. I think you can send a lab a sample along with $40 to have them test your hops. That's not all that bad, but I would wait until your plants are well established.
__________________
--Omar

4 Ohms Aleworks & Lagers | Twitter | Facebook | Blog |

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 04:23 PM   #3
RoaringBrewer
 
RoaringBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Lancaster County, PA
Posts: 1,787
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Not sure, but I'm guessing no since most people don't get it done... Not sure I've ever read of anyone getting it done and I read a lot here. I'm sure SOMEONE can do it, but for a price...

I guess this is why people will bitter with normal pellets or flowers from the LHBS (that do have an AA%) and use their homegrown stuff primarily for flavor and aroma. The IBU difference created from 15-20 minute or less additions is not near as critical, so it doesn't matter if your homegrown cascade are the normal 5% you may buy at the LHBS or if they are 2-3%...
__________________
Roaring Bull Brewing Co.
Est. 2006
http://www.cafepress.com/roaringbull

Currently Consuming (HB): Apfelwein on Tap Troegs Hopback on Tap; Craft Bottles
Fermenting/Conditioning: Up Next: Hop Trio American Wheat, Lake Walk Pale Ale
In Planning Stage: Farmhouse Saison and Something Oaked.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 04:24 PM   #4
mrkristofo
 
mrkristofo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Behind the zion curtain
Posts: 922
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Mail them to me, and I can do it. Seriously, it's quite easy if you have access to the instruments and the mad geek skillz.

EDIT: I double-checked some Willamette leafs I got from the LHBS listed at 4.7%...I calculated them to be 3.1% after 2 years. Not bad. I also double-checked some 2007 Targets at 11.7% and I determined them to be 11.64%.
__________________
Coming Soon:
Primary: Stone Vertical Epic 08.08.08
Secondary: Oaked Arrogant Bastard
Conditioning: Dead Guy Ale clone, Double-Dubbel
Drinking: Not for a while


 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 04:25 PM   #5
RoaringBrewer
 
RoaringBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Lancaster County, PA
Posts: 1,787
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by mrkristofo
Mail them to me, and I can do it. Seriously, it's quite easy if you have access to the instruments.
You should start making a buck (notice I said a buck, not hundreds of them! ) off HBT'ers who want to have their hops tested! Sweet deal...
__________________
Roaring Bull Brewing Co.
Est. 2006
http://www.cafepress.com/roaringbull

Currently Consuming (HB): Apfelwein on Tap Troegs Hopback on Tap; Craft Bottles
Fermenting/Conditioning: Up Next: Hop Trio American Wheat, Lake Walk Pale Ale
In Planning Stage: Farmhouse Saison and Something Oaked.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 04:26 PM   #6
Brewing Clamper
 
Brewing Clamper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2006
Union City, CA
Posts: 2,846
Liked 19 Times on 17 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by mrkristofo
Mail them to me, and I can do it. Seriously, it's quite easy if you have access to the instruments.
You realize you just opened up a pandora's box, right? The line starts with Warrior, then me... take a number...
__________________
--Omar

4 Ohms Aleworks & Lagers | Twitter | Facebook | Blog |

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 04:27 PM   #7
Brewing Clamper
 
Brewing Clamper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2006
Union City, CA
Posts: 2,846
Liked 19 Times on 17 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by RoaringBrewer
You should start making a buck ...
I'll send you a rhizome.
__________________
--Omar

4 Ohms Aleworks & Lagers | Twitter | Facebook | Blog |

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 04:28 PM   #8
mrkristofo
 
mrkristofo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Behind the zion curtain
Posts: 922
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Brewing Clamper
You realize you just opened up a pandora's box, right? The line starts with Warrior, then me... take a number...
A pandora's box full of hops.
__________________
Coming Soon:
Primary: Stone Vertical Epic 08.08.08
Secondary: Oaked Arrogant Bastard
Conditioning: Dead Guy Ale clone, Double-Dubbel
Drinking: Not for a while

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 04:28 PM   #9
Yuri_Rage
Gritty.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
 
Yuri_Rage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Southwest
Posts: 14,291
Liked 813 Times on 514 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by mrkristofo
Mail them to me, and I can do it. Seriously, it's quite easy if you have access to the instruments and the mad geek skillz.
Can you elaborate on the process? I'm not suggesting that I'm going to start up a hop measuring business or service (I'm fairly certain I don't have access to the lab equipment required). I'm just curious about how it's done.
__________________
Homebrewed Blog..........YouTube Channel .......... Shirts, posters, etc

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 04:29 PM   #10
RoaringBrewer
 
RoaringBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Lancaster County, PA
Posts: 1,787
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuri_Rage
Can you elaborate on the process? I'm not suggesting that I'm going to start up a hop measuring business or service (I'm fairly certain I don't have access to the lab equipment required). I'm just curious about how it's done.
+1, curious as well...
__________________
Roaring Bull Brewing Co.
Est. 2006
http://www.cafepress.com/roaringbull

Currently Consuming (HB): Apfelwein on Tap Troegs Hopback on Tap; Craft Bottles
Fermenting/Conditioning: Up Next: Hop Trio American Wheat, Lake Walk Pale Ale
In Planning Stage: Farmhouse Saison and Something Oaked.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to adjust ammount of hops according to Alpha Acids chemman14 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 09-08-2009 08:57 PM
Alpha Acids Aspera Recipes/Ingredients 11 02-09-2009 06:10 PM
Alpha Acids / Late addition or Dry Hopping AnOldUR General Techniques 1 06-08-2008 10:54 PM
Dry Hopping / Alpha Acids jayhoz General Techniques 6 01-10-2008 07:09 PM
geek question involving alpha acids Dragonfly General Beer Discussion 7 12-02-2005 12:12 AM


Forum Jump