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Title: Hops
Post by: blatz on October 04, 2010, 07:36:56 PM
In case you hadn't noticed yet, hopsdirect and freshops seem to have their 2010 inventories most of the way up.  I just ordered a reload of my freezer tallying to 10lbs of hops  ;D.

Just FYI.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: bluesman on October 04, 2010, 08:01:32 PM
That's nothing for you Paul...you should need to reorder before spring for sure.  ;D

I did notice the 2010's last week.  I want to place an order very soon.

Title: Re: Hops
Post by: blatz on October 04, 2010, 08:28:33 PM
Haha - touché !
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: uthristy on October 04, 2010, 08:45:24 PM
Call me when they get pellets posted, 30+ lbs of leaf was too space taken up this year.

I've been out of Saaz for a few weeks now and using Sterling instead, its not the same at all.... :(

Title: Re: Hops
Post by: dhacker on October 05, 2010, 01:29:21 AM
I like hops . . a lot. But I must admit I'm trying to figure out how you guys can go through 10 lbs. (or more) of hops a year?

Are you putting them in cheesecloth and hanging them from yer rear view mirror?  :D
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: euge on October 05, 2010, 01:50:35 AM
That's 160 ounces! Still haven't used all mine from 2009! They're mostly high alpha so I better get after it...
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: uthristy on October 05, 2010, 10:32:50 AM
I like hops . . a lot. But I must admit I'm trying to figure out how you guys can go through 10 lbs. (or more) of hops a year?

Are you putting them in cheesecloth and hanging them from yer rear view mirror?  :D

 I went thur a phase of hopbursting beers , many with 6-8oz in the last 20mins. and lets for get that pliny clone.... :D
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: blatz on October 05, 2010, 01:31:43 PM
not really that hard, believe it or not.  I make my IPA around 6 times per year (2-3 batches are for parties/club functions) - 15oz of hops per batch thats almost 6 pounds right there.  I make my father in law's beer for him 4-5 times a year, at 7oz a batch, theres another 2.

That's only my two most frequently made recipes, if you figure I make 15-18 batches total a year, so lets say another 8 batches at an average of 5oz per batch, well there you go, that's 165 ounces.



Title: Re: Hops
Post by: beveragebob on October 19, 2010, 01:45:41 AM
My latest newly designed IPA is using a whole lb of Cascade hops in a 10 gallon batch.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: 1vertical on October 31, 2010, 03:22:04 AM
I recieved my hopsdirect order in and need to suppliment them with some smaller
one ounce purchases to taylor to some recipies I want to try....but man I got hops.
I put em in quart jars and vacuum sealed em in the freezer...hope they last a long time.....
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: euge on November 01, 2010, 04:14:53 AM
They will. But you'll find reason to use them. ;)
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: bluesman on November 01, 2010, 10:50:33 AM
I think I've determined that one can never have enough hops.  ;D
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: beersk on November 01, 2010, 04:23:19 PM
Hopsdirect still doesn't have Chinooks pellets :(
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: denny on November 01, 2010, 04:32:58 PM
I've got over 30 lb. of hops in my freezer.  I think I've got enough..for now, anyway!
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: bluesman on November 01, 2010, 04:44:19 PM
I've got over 30 lb. of hops in my freezer.  I think I've got enough..for now, anyway!

Wow Denny... :o

That's quite a load.  :)

That's what... about 30 five gallon batches.  ;)
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 01, 2010, 05:47:40 PM
Hopsdirect still doesn't have Chinooks pellets :(

On the right side of the page it has said that the pellets would be released in Nov.  It is now November, so they should be out soon.  The pelletizers are fired up once the crop is harvested.  As I understand it, they fill the contracts first, then they put hops on the spot market.

I am waiting for some of the European hops to show up on their page.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: beveragebob on November 01, 2010, 11:50:31 PM
I'm still waiting to see EKG's. I probably have ~ 18 lbs of hops in the freezer. SWMBO keeps putting FOOD in my hop freezer....sheesh.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 02, 2010, 12:57:42 AM
Bob, yes I want a pound of EKG cone hops.  Used a whole pound+ in a historic English IPA last year.  Aged it for 10 months then dry hopped.  It had a couple of brewing mistakes, but turned out to be a really good beer.  Want to do it again without the mistakes.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: bluesman on November 02, 2010, 01:42:54 AM
I'm still waiting to see EKG's.

I second that motion. I need some 2010 EKG's...
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: euge on November 02, 2010, 06:32:53 AM
I read somewhere- don't have anything to cite- that EKG's are rapidly vanishing due their acreage being diminished in England.

Used to mix Fuggs and EKG. What a  combination!
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: bluesman on November 02, 2010, 10:58:02 AM
I read somewhere- don't have anything to cite- that EKG's are rapidly vanishing due their acreage being diminished in England.

Used to mix Fuggs and EKG. What a  combination!

It sure seems that way.  The imported variety are harder to come by these days.  I can get plenty of PNW grown EKG's but that's about it.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 02, 2010, 12:21:11 PM
I read somewhere- don't have anything to cite- that EKG's are rapidly vanishing due their acreage being diminished in England.

That is correct.  I have seen some numbers for the acreage of British hops, and it is only a little over 3000 acres, down from 50,000 in the early part of the 20th century .  The East Kent fields have competition from housing development, as that is not too far from London.  Also read that most of the Kent acreage is owned by a guy in his 80's.  Get 'em while you can.

Hops used to be grown near San Francisco.  Those acres were tuned into housing in the early-mid part of hte 20th century.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: denny on November 02, 2010, 03:20:51 PM
I just bought some killer EKG pellets from my LHBS.  They weren't cheap, though!
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: beveragebob on November 03, 2010, 03:24:51 AM
I hear ya DC. I'm tempted to haul off and get some from NB but, I keep holding out hope that hopsdirect will get some pellets soon. Maybe I'll give them a call tomorrow and get the skinny. I know it takes more time coming from across the pond. I'll report back any info.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: bluesman on November 03, 2010, 10:35:51 AM
I just bought some killer EKG pellets from my LHBS.  They weren't cheap, though!

Denny...which manufacturer and where were they grown?
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: beveragebob on November 03, 2010, 10:47:19 PM
I just got an email from Joe at Princeton Homebrew in NJ. He is telling me he may be sourcing the 2010 EKG crop in plugs in the near future....stay tuned!
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 06, 2010, 01:50:53 PM
Hopsdirect still doesn't have Chinooks pellets :(

The "New Crop" Chinook Pellets are up on their page today.

I still have to wait for the EKG cone hops to arrive.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: roguejim on November 07, 2010, 07:57:53 PM
I hope your cones are relatively fresh.  The one and only time I received EKG cones from HopsDirect, they had esters de limburger. 
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 07, 2010, 10:32:00 PM
The last pound of EKG I got from Hopsdirect were somewhat old.  They didn't smell the greatest, but did not smell bad or like cheese.  Made a heck of a good historic British IPA.

I have read some referrences that the old British brewers liked to age their EKG.  Some hops benefit from a little oxidation.  Read the hops section in "Designing Great Beers" if you don't believe me.  Limburger smell means they have gone too far, though.  Only good for Lambics then.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: beveragebob on November 08, 2010, 06:30:13 PM
That's why I only get pellets from anything across the pond. My personal preference.
Title: Re: Hops
Post by: beersk on November 08, 2010, 08:55:39 PM
Hopsdirect still doesn't have Chinooks pellets :(

The "New Crop" Chinook Pellets are up on their page today.

I still have to wait for the EKG cone hops to arrive.

!!!! You're right!  Thank you for informing me, this makes me very happy. I LOVE Chinooks!