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Title: Hop tincture?
Post by: euge on April 21, 2010, 05:54:46 AM
Is it possible to make a tincture from whatever variety of hops and still retain the desirable qualities? Anyone ever done it for brewing purposes?



Title: Re: Hop tincture?
Post by: dean on April 25, 2010, 12:57:06 PM
I've been reading a little on making essential oils and extracts, basically it looks like two methods, distilling and half arsed distilling.   :D  Do a search on it and you'll find a few sites with some info.  I'd like to try it with hops as well since I'm going to have way more hops than I can use.   ;D  8)
Title: Re: Hop tincture?
Post by: dean on April 25, 2010, 01:28:42 PM
Here are a couple links you might find helpful.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_oil

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Essential-Oils

Title: Re: Hop tincture?
Post by: denny on April 25, 2010, 04:53:15 PM
Is it possible to make a tincture from whatever variety of hops and still retain the desirable qualities? Anyone ever done it for brewing purposes?





What kind of "desirable qualities" are you looking for?  I.E., do you want to use the tincture for bittering, flavor, aroma, all 3...that might have a bearing on if it's possible and how you'd do it.
Title: Re: Hop tincture?
Post by: euge on April 25, 2010, 05:09:02 PM
It would need to retain the flavor & bitterness primarily.
Title: Re: Hop tincture?
Post by: denny on April 25, 2010, 05:13:18 PM
Cool...that gives us some parameters to work by.
Title: Re: Hop tincture?
Post by: euge on April 25, 2010, 06:52:00 PM
OK. Just placed 4g of 16% Zeus in 100ml Everclear. Little jar. Will shake periodically and keep in the dark.

The wiki links are interesting. Hopefully alcohol will work with hop flowers.
Title: Re: Hop tincture?
Post by: euge on April 29, 2010, 03:26:48 PM
Well so far I'm not getting much aroma when I open the jar. No taste test yet.