Hydrating (aroma) Hops Pellets (Do You?)

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I decided to try a new techinque for maximizing my flavor / aroma hops by hydrating my pellets in cool water about 20 minutes prior to adding at their designated times.

I figured that pellet shops added at flame out spend a fair amount of time just hydrating and breaking down. So, why not get a jump on that process prior to adding them.

Any one els ever hydrate their hops (whole or pellet) prior to adding for aroma or flavor?

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Nope, I've never tried it or heard of anyone else doing it.
 

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Kinda off-topic, but that has to be one of the strangest-looking concoctions I've seen...if it weren't for the hop shortage, I'd dare you to stick a straw in it and have at. ;)
 

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All I'm seeing is one BierMuncher and two cups.:fro:
 

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Try it with boiling water and see how long it takes, compared to the cool water in your example.
Just one more thing to clean up, if you ask me. ;)
 

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I don't hydrate my aroma hops. but I do find that this is a great technique for dry hopping. Just add a wee bit of boiling water (just enough to cover the pellets) and let them stand for 5 mins, then pitch the whole thing into the fermenter. The hot water helps release a lot of the resins and aromatics much better than if they were added directly into a cool fermenter alone.

I got this idea off a podcast on Basic Brewing Radio -- I think it was the Gerard Lemmens episode (1 Sept. 2005).
 

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FlyGuy said:
I don't hydrate my aroma hops. but I do find that this is a great technique for dry hopping. Just add a wee bit of boiling water (just enough to cover the pellets) and let them stand for 5 mins, then pitch the whole thing into the fermenter. The hot water helps release a lot of the resins and aromatics much better than if they were added directly into a cool fermenter alone.

I got this idea off a podcast on Basic Brewing Radio -- I think it was the Gerard Lemmens episode (1 Sept. 2005).
I'm going to try that next time. Thanks for the tip. :mug:
 
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FlyGuy said:
I don't hydrate my aroma hops. but I do find that this is a great technique for dry hopping. Just add a wee bit of boiling water (just enough to cover the pellets) and let them stand for 5 mins, then pitch the whole thing into the fermenter. The hot water helps release a lot of the resins and aromatics much better than if they were added directly into a cool fermenter alone.

I got this idea off a podcast on Basic Brewing Radio -- I think it was the Gerard Lemmens episode (1 Sept. 2005).
I read your post and thought "what a great idea".

Then I had a few beers.

Then I went downstairs and pitched a half-ounce of Mt. Hood Pellets into two of my fermenters that had a pale ale conditioning....

Pitched em dry. :mad:

I really need to not be allowed to do any brewing tasks after drinking. :cross:
 

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I did a search for this topic, because I had a thought about this. I do most of my brewing with pellet hops, but I do grow a little of my own. I have Cascade, Centennial, Nugget, Willamette and Columbus. I dry and freeze them for later brews.

The problem with whole hops, especially those that were dried, is that they soak up a ton of wort. I don't bitter with my own hops, but I do add a lot post 30 mins. Would there be a benefit to rehydrating them simply so they don't soak up so much wort in the process?
 

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It's nothing new, IIRC Pliney clone recipes call for this technique for the two stage dry hopping. So if Russian River practices it then it has to be a winner. It just seems so messy so I personally have never tried it.
 

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It's nothing new, IIRC Pliney clone recipes call for this technique for the two stage dry hopping. So if Russian River practices it then it has to be a winner. It just seems so messy so I personally have never tried it.
10 year old thread, may not have been as well known back then :p
 

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So what’s the current consensus then? Worth it or not? Seems you’d have to water it down a lot in order to not leave a bunch in the glass.
 

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So what’s the current consensus then? Worth it or not? Seems you’d have to water it down a lot in order to not leave a bunch in the glass.
You could use a sanitized rubber spatula to scrape out any leftovers.
 

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Didn't read any results, never have tried it. But, how long does it really take pellet hops to break up? I put mine in a paint strainer bag, dunk it in the boil or even after flameout. Swirl a bit, lift the bag and there is just hop goo... Seconds at best. To me it is as was said in 2008, just another thing that you have to clean.
 
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