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The Hop Squasher
« on: January 08, 2012, 08:53:16 PM »
From the Gadget Issue, The Hop Squasher is simple, inexpensive and effective. I grabbed an inexpensive French press this weekend and have already put it to use. I have an IPA that I brewed in August and just put on the gas last week. Its lost a lot of hop flavor and aroma sitting in the keg. With the hop squasher, I can add amarillo to one pint and simcoe to the next! Simple....but pretty awesome!

Its got me thinking of other additions that I can put in my beer by the glass. Peppers (jalapeno, habenaro, serano) in pale ales, ambers or ipa's. Cilantro in a wheat or a saison? OK! Coffee in a porter or stout? Yes!

I also think it will inspire new hop combinations in my brewing. I can test them out in the hop squasher to see what I like and then start putting them in my beers when I brew or dry hop.
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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2012, 12:23:18 AM »
What exactly is this gizmo?  What does it do?

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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2012, 12:33:24 AM »
What exactly is this gizmo?  What does it do?

Yes. I have not the issue. Do you add the press to the keg or drink it?
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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2012, 03:58:23 AM »
You drink it - it's like a single-use hop rocket.
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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2012, 07:11:53 AM »
It's a french press with hops in it.
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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2012, 07:26:28 AM »
Sorry guys. I guess I could have went into more detail. Its a french press thats used for coffee. No modifications needed. You put a few hops in it, fill it with beer and press the hops down into the beer. I put mine in the fridge for a few minutes and then pour a pint. It basically dry hops your beer right in the glass. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share.
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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2012, 07:28:34 AM »
Sorry guys. I guess I could have went into more detail. Its a french press thats used for coffee. No modifications needed. You put a few hops in it, fill it with beer and press the hops down into the beer. I put mine in the fridge for a few minutes and then pour a pint. It basically dry hops your beer right in the glass. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share.

yeah - I had no idea what you were talking about until I got my issue in the mail last night - cool idea and like you said, a good way to try out different varietals for dryhopping.
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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2012, 11:58:22 AM »
Doesn't forcing the hops through the beer cause it to foam and lose carbonation?
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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2012, 11:58:52 AM »
I'm going to guess that pellets would not be advisable.

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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2012, 12:03:02 PM »
What exactly do you get from the hops...aromatics?  Does cold beer poured over "squashed hops", allowed to sit for a few minutes, produce additional hop flavor?

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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2012, 12:50:21 PM »
It should work more or less the same as randall the enamel animal, I am sure you do lose some carb but it's still somewhat bubbly.
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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2012, 09:03:07 PM »
The screen is tight enough in the press that I think you could use pellets without a problem. You do lose a little carb so its almost like a dry hopped cask ale once it hits the glass. A little more carbed than that.....What you get is great hop aroma and flavor. No additional bitterness. Blatz- I'm pouring that Green Flash WCIPA clone with Amarillo in the hop squasher! Its money!
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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2012, 03:50:30 PM »
The screen is tight enough in the press that I think you could use pellets without a problem. You do lose a little carb so its almost like a dry hopped cask ale once it hits the glass. A little more carbed than that.....What you get is great hop aroma and flavor. No additional bitterness. Blatz- I'm pouring that Green Flash WCIPA clone with Amarillo in the hop squasher! Its money!

So, would you add 2-3 hop cones to a pint to pump up an APA, for example?

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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2012, 04:34:28 PM »
The screen is tight enough in the press that I think you could use pellets without a problem. You do lose a little carb so its almost like a dry hopped cask ale once it hits the glass. A little more carbed than that.....What you get is great hop aroma and flavor. No additional bitterness. Blatz- I'm pouring that Green Flash WCIPA clone with Amarillo in the hop squasher! Its money!

So, would you add 2-3 hop cones to a pint to pump up an APA, for example?

two or three cones? nah, chuck an oz or two in there ;D well okay maybe not that much. but looking at the pic in zymurgy it looks like a small handfull. I suspect you need to use more cause the contact time is so short. I also suspect that one charge of hops is good for more than one pint. after all Randall can handle a whole keg, course that's like a lb of hops.
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Re: The Hop Squasher
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2012, 08:54:48 PM »
I've only used whole hops in it so far but I'm using 5-10 per pint but I'm getting two pints out of the press. 10 cones seems to hit the spot but I'll put a few more in and see whats up. I'm going to try some simcoe pellets tonight.
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