MB has less oils than Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra and so on. IIRC it has about 1% or less, those others have 2 to 3 % oil. If you want an aroma punch like those hops give, you need to double or triple.
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Yeah, I get that part about the poor crop harvest. One of the local breweries only got 1/2 or 2/3 of the Saaz contract back in 2007/2008 due to the poor harvest in Saaz region. Adjustment had to be made to keep a popular beer flowing.Really? I know there are clauses due to poor crop years so that you get prorated amounts of what you contracted. If they can sell out from under you, what kind of a contract is that?
It's a contract to buy. If the grower has the hops then the buyer has to buy them at the agreed price but the grower is not committed to tender the hops to fulfill the contract. Generally the farmers are going to fulfill contracts because they want those guarantees before committing cash to fields but they don't want to be on the hook for paying the costs of a bad harvest caused by natural factors.
Really? I know there are clauses due to poor crop years so that you get prorated amounts of what you contracted. If they can sell out from under you, what kind of a contract is that?That is why smaller breweries have hop contracts. The growers use contracted hops to justify going to the bank for a loan to put more new hops in the fields. There are ones that deal on the spot market, but volatility can be a problem there (availability and price).The way I hear it, contracts dont guarantee that the brewery gets its contracted hops though. A monster can make a call and end up with them, and the craft sized guys are out of luck, contract or no. Marshalls latest test may prove valuable. Maybe we should start squirreling away pellets for the future.
The big breweries have contracts too, but some of those would be for Alpha hops that are turned into extract.
+1I was just listening to a discussion about Lagunitas going global. One person mentioned how that kind of thing might impact small craft breweries, and I suppose all of us to some degree. My understanding is that the monsters kind of have free reign on hop contracting. I imagine that AB or Coors or Heineken could call Yakima and get what they want easier than, for example, pFreim in Hood River. I wonder how that might play out in the future. Imagine Lagunitas growing to the size of Bud and having giant breweries in 50 or 100 other countries. Multiplying the demand for hops but not the availability. Imagine if there were as many bottles of Hop Stupid as there are Bud Light. You may say that will never happen, and I agree you are probably right, but probably right not because the market will never exist. Probably right because there can only be so much hops produced.
The Lagunitas deal may not have a large impact in the next few years, but if they accomplish their goal, it has to have an impact at some point. What if 5 or 6 breweries like them all went global?
I'm curious what some of our resident craft brewers think. Are we looking at a Hopocolypes?
Jim, you've GOTTA go to YCH Hop and Brew School! You're right there!
For a beer with a 4.5% ABV.I'm brewing a Ron Mexico clone today, 11 gallons using HBC-438 at 16.6% AA.
.25 oz. at 90.
1.0 oz at 15
3.75 oz at flameout for a 45 min whirlpool
Should be around 70 IBU.
That is loaded up at the end.
Dry hops will be 2 stages, 0.5 oz per gallon each stage.
that's more like it
High carbonation levels can also help keep the head going for an initial period of time providing there are enough proper head retention proteins remaining in the finished product. But as stated above good brewing techniques really are the key.+2 or more.
Now I'm getting REALLY scared!
Pressurize everything to normal working pressure, fill the bathtub, and submerge it all to check for leaks. I've had some really pernicious leaks that I couldn't even catch with the purpose-made bubbler stuff, but the bathtub trick is a one-and-done thing.
I didn't get to brew as much as I'd like last year, so I still have half a sack of Pils malt I need to kick. I do plan on some experimentation this fall/winter so my most relevant pickups are:
10lb of Schill Kolsch malt (planning on trying in a Helles or two)
My only relevany hop purchace so far was a few ounces of HBC 438 (aka Ron Mexico). I wasn't at NHC, but I hear good things and want to taste-test
Nothing to be afraid of. Check for leaks all the way through, at the tank to regulator on. I even had a regulator that needed some tightening. Turn the pressure up to 200kPa ~29 PSI and listen for leaks, then spray every connection with SS. Spray around the lid, and PRV.It won't ruin beer, but my first couple months I went through a lot of CO2. Keep a bottle of starsan close by, spray all the connections, and find all the slow leaks and you'll be less frustrated than I was.Now I'm getting REALLY scared!
Somehow, I am familiar with that place.My Village (6000 people) ... Milford MI.
Milford is also home to the General Motors Proving Ground. Let's take the products that we make and push them to their limits. How cool is that?