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Home grown brew day!
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:18:24 PM »
Harvested my hops the other day, now it's time to get them dancing.
American Brown
8# Washington Select
1.5# crystal 40
1/2# chocolate
2 oz HG Centennial FWH
2 oz HG Cascade at 60
2 oz HG Cascade at 15
1056 at 67°

Seems like too much hops, but I have no idea the alpha content. I'm assuming by smell only that it's about 50% of normal. So I should come in at about 45-50 IBUs

How fun is this?

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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 02:08:33 PM »
I actually got two regular zip lock bags worth of cascades from my first yr plant.  It was fun watching them grow...literally watching them grow!  The smell isn't as strong as I normally get from other cascades, so I'm not sure if I'll use them at all.  Really looking forward to next year's harvest!
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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 02:12:27 PM »
 :)
Brewing a wet hopped IPA.
13# great western 2 row
1# light munich
.5# crystal 20
.25# crystal 40

Anticipated OG 1.068
5 handfuls homegrown Cascades in mash
1 oz Chinook at 60
And as many Cascades as I can continuously stuff into the pot during the last 15 minutes.

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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 02:27:03 PM »
Ah! A mash hopper! I've never tried it.
I like your thinking at flame out though. I know cascade is too run of the mill for many folks, but I'll admit I'm a fan. Boring or not, good is good..

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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 02:32:19 PM »
:)
Brewing a wet hopped IPA.
13# great western 2 row
1# light munich
.5# crystal 20
.25# crystal 40

Anticipated OG 1.068
5 handfuls homegrown Cascades in mash
1 oz Chinook at 60
And as many Cascades as I can continuously stuff into the pot during the last 15 minutes.

I'm very jealous - love me some wet-hopped beers !   I need to grow some next year.  I planted a couple rhizomes many years ago with mixed results, not giving it my full attention.  Need to give it another go. These stories of fresh hops are killing me !
Jon H.

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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 02:40:56 PM »
My cascade is over 15 years old. I've tried others with poor results-got 3 cones on my 3 year old magnum and the 4 year old hallertau died this year. But the cascades are berserk. More than I care to use. I only wet hop one or 2 batches a year with them and give the rest away.
Never mash hopped before today but with a 7.5 gallon bucket of hops in front of me...

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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2013, 02:52:06 PM »
I thought one of the best wet-hopped beers of last year was ThreeFloyd's Broo Doo.  I got it very fresh (the whole point obviously). Hop aroma and flavor were intense and amazing.
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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2013, 03:40:02 PM »
Got a Belgian Pale Ale in the fermenter as we speak. Bittered with 20 IBUs of Magnum, then tossed in about 3.5oz of dried hops at flameout (Cascade and Willamette) that represented me and my buddy's full harvest for the year. This is the first year we have enough of a harvest to brew a decently hopped beer. Can't wait to try it out.
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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2013, 03:56:18 PM »
I'm chuckling at that cuz I was thinking how much my almost pound cost me in labor...

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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2013, 04:15:43 PM »
Brewing's done. Time for a beer!

3 points short of my target og and 2 pints short of my target volume. Used 5 gallons of hops! All those hops soak up a lot of wort! Hope it's not a no-no to sqeeze 'em!  ;)

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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2013, 04:20:22 PM »
Brewing's done. Time for a beer!

3 points short of my target og and 2 pints short of my target volume. Used 5 gallons of hops! All those hops soak up a lot of wort! Hope it's not a no-no to sqeeze 'em!  ;)
You'll have to post your tasting notes.  Sounds great !
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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2013, 04:30:19 PM »
+1
Tasting notes are my latest favorite thing. Especially if they have that over the top beer snob air about them.

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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2013, 05:03:42 PM »
+1
Tasting notes are my latest favorite thing. Especially if they have that over the top beer snob air about them.

I expect some anti-shnob tasting notes on yours!
The wort sample tasted nice. Smooth, fresh sweet hop tea and not nearly as bitter as expected. I usually just take a sip or 2 but I drank the whole 100 ml cuz it tasted so freakin good.

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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2013, 05:32:59 PM »
All accomplished beer snobs use the word friggen at least twice.

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Re: Home grown brew day!
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2013, 05:42:20 PM »
Brewing's done. Time for a beer!

3 points short of my target og and 2 pints short of my target volume. Used 5 gallons of hops! All those hops soak up a lot of wort! Hope it's not a no-no to sqeeze 'em!  ;)

Pre-fermentation you can squeeze all you want. I wouldn't squeeze dry hops, though. That really runs the risk of oxidation.
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