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What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:27:39 PM »
I have a friend that loves very high IBU beers. So I decided to see to what end. I made a SMaSH with NW Pale Ale and Cascade.
The hops were year old back yard grown and fresh.
This is a 2.5g batch
1 oz 60 min
1 oz 30 min
1 oz 20 min
1 oz 10 min
2 oz flame out. This is an estimate as they where fresh just picked off the plant. I counted how many cones were in .25 oz and picked to match the count for the total. If I had thought about it, I would have weighed them out for my record.
Assuming 5.5AA Beersmith says it should have been about 110 IBU
To me it had a nice smell. And the first sip was good too. But I tell you that the finish was like a kick in the mouth.

So, what is the most you have ever used in a batch?
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2014, 03:31:46 PM »
After several reliable sources here describing their hop schedule, my last IPA had 16oz in it. This included FWH, 60 miunte bittering, 10, 0, and dry hops. Beersmith calculated it at 160IBU in 5.5G of 1.074 wort. The FWH really did make the bitterness much smoother. Real easy drinking for what it was. I loved it and will definitely use this schedule often in the future for IPA!

Edit: this was 12oz in BK, plus 4 oz dry
« Last Edit: December 23, 2014, 03:37:11 PM by 69franx »
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2014, 03:36:10 PM »
I used 18 ounces in 5 gallons once. it was too much. I probably could have used them more effectively but I was still pretty green... and so was the beer.
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2014, 03:47:44 PM »
14 oz has been the most I've used in a 5 gallon batch (Pliny clone).
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2014, 03:48:52 PM »
The Pliny kit I made last year from extract also used 14oz
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2014, 04:09:46 PM »
I am not much for extremely hoppy beers. Right now I have a lager that is on the hoppy side with half a pound for five gallons.
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2014, 04:22:15 PM »
18 oz in IIPA.  I've made a lot of IPAs with a lb, but now with the heavy hop stand additions I've been doing, 14 oz total seems like the sweet spot.  I hop appropriately for my other beers, but I do love my IPAs on the hoppy side.

EDIT - Actually I've used a little over 20 oz in a IIPA.
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2014, 04:37:34 PM »
Probably a Pliny clone, same rate as stated. Then when you do a Doppelbock and have about 1 oz. + a little, you keep looking at the container and checking your notes.
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2014, 05:04:28 PM »
The most I've ever used is a pound in a 1-gallon batch. It's over a year later, and I'm still waiting for all the hop debris that made it through from the boil to drop out in the fermenter so I can start the dry hops.

As far as an actual drinkable beer goes, I use 17 ounces in a 3-gallon batch of my house IPA. It is complete hop overload at that point, but that's how I like it.
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2014, 05:07:57 PM »
The most I've ever used is a pound in a 1-gallon batch. It's over a year later, and I'm still waiting for all the hop debris that made it through from the boil to drop out in the fermenter so I can start the dry hops.


You made stew, not beer.

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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2014, 05:45:17 PM »
I use 24 oz in a Burton Ale that I make every year. Most of it at the beginning of the boil. There is usually a lb of EKG in it, and then another variety fills out the rest. The one I am currently drinking also had Glacier and Serebrianka in it. It is pretty tasty.
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2014, 07:58:15 PM »
The most I've ever used is a pound in a 1-gallon batch. It's over a year later, and I'm still waiting for all the hop debris that made it through from the boil to drop out in the fermenter so I can start the dry hops.


You made stew, not beer.
More like porridge, but you're definitely in the right ballpark. The other time I did this using whole cones it was like boiled spinach. Yes, I did this twice.
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2014, 08:08:12 PM »
33 oz in 12 gal of a RuinTen clone.
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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2014, 02:47:03 AM »
I typically use about 11oz in my house IPA (5.5 gallons), but the most ever for a 5.5 gallon batch was 14oz. I'd probably go more, but it tends to get expensive and I make a lot of IPA and APA... so I've got to balance my tastes with my wallet.

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Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2014, 03:22:45 AM »
18.5 oz in a 5.5 gallon batch. I typically use a pound in my IPA's.
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