Is There a Way to Check if Hops are Aged Enough for Lambic? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Is There a Way to Check if Hops are Aged Enough for Lambic?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-01-2008, 02:07 PM   #1
Evan!
 
Evan!'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 11,863
Liked 88 Times on 73 Posts



This is probably a stupid question (stupid because the answer is probably "nay-nay"), but...at least a year ago the friend who got me into brewing and donated a lot of my current brew setup to me awhile back, came over with a box full of old ingredients. That included tons of hops, some were plugs in the original wrapper, others were loose leaf hops not sealed or anything, just in the original freshops bag with a rubber band around it. Now, he had gotten them from some guy awhile back who wasn't brewing anymore, and then gave them to me, and now I've had them for a year. Problem is, since they've changed hands so many times, I've got no way of knowing when these things were originally purchased. I've used some of the plugs for stuff like mash hopping IPA's, etc., but I still have a ton of loose leaf amarillo and styrian goldings. I know they've gotta be at least a couple years old, probably more. They don't smell cheesy, and they're not terribly pungent.

So is there any way to verify their usage for Lambic? Or, after this long with substandard storage and no cheesy smell, is it pretty much a given that they're fine for this purpose?
__________________
MOSS HOLLOW BREWING CO.
Aristocratic Ales, Lascivious Lagers


.planned:
•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2008, 02:09 PM   #2
GilaMinumBeer
Half-fast Prattlarian
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Posts: 59,270
Liked 7709 Times on 6292 Posts


I thought they were supposed to be "cheesy" for a Lambic. IIRC, I read somewhere that some brewers age their hops for up to 3 years.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2008, 02:13 PM   #3
Evan!
 
Evan!'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 11,863
Liked 88 Times on 73 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer View Post
I thought they were supposed to be "cheesy" for a Lambic. IIRC, I read somewhere that some brewers age their hops for up to 3 years.
Yeah, they go through a cheesy stage in the aging process, but if they stay cheesy, then they're no good.
__________________
MOSS HOLLOW BREWING CO.
Aristocratic Ales, Lascivious Lagers


.planned:
•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2008, 02:16 PM   #4
the_bird
10th-Level Beer Nerd
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
the_bird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2006
Adams, MA
Posts: 20,916
Liked 534 Times on 429 Posts


Sounds like they're where they want to be. Landhoney (or, as someone referred to him recently, Honeylady) would probably know for certain, but it sounds like they're past the cheese stage.

How about boiling some up with a small amount of extract and seeing if there's any flavor/bitterness extracted? Do an experimental batch (or use that for starter wort) before taking any chances with the lambic.
__________________
Come join Yankee Ingenuity!

"I'm kind of toasted. But I looked at my watch and it's only 6:30 so I can't stop drinking yet." - Yooper's Bob
"Brown eye finally recovered after the abuse it endured in Ptown last weekend, but it took almost a full week." - Paulie
"no, he just doesn't speak 'stupid'. i, however, am fluent...." - motobrewer
"... I'll go both ways." - Melana

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Aged hops and Orval dregs... lasseg Recipes/Ingredients 9 12-23-2009 01:25 PM
pLambics + aged hops dwarven_stout Brew Science 2 10-25-2009 09:50 PM
pLambics + aged hops dwarven_stout Recipes/Ingredients 1 10-21-2009 10:58 AM
Aged Hops Available Jsta Porter Lambic & Wild Brewing 3 02-23-2009 09:10 PM
Foil bags with check valve for storing hops? Funkenjaeger Equipment/Sanitation 1 08-29-2007 12:32 PM


Forum Jump