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Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« on: January 19, 2016, 01:38:36 AM »
So I have a bunch of hops leftover from previous brews and from friends brewing. Ive got them all vacuum sealed right after use and put them in the freezer. My question is what do I with them?  Should I list all of the hops I have on here and see what people come up with for ideas of what beer to make from them?

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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2016, 01:52:01 AM »
Wouldn't hurt to list what you have. My first thought is to make an ipa. See what kind of combo you can make that you might not normally brew.


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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2016, 02:11:51 AM »
Really would depend on the hops you have. Depending on the hops and your tastes, a Double IPA is a good way to go through a lot of hops quickly, if you're just looking to use them up. You can easily use 12-16 oz. in a single 5 gallon batch for that style.

Ultimately though, when I am trying to get use up some excess hops, I look at what I have and then choose a beer style I can incorporate them with.
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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2016, 02:38:06 AM »
I would probably just use them for bittering. You're better off not trying to squeeze some aroma hops into a recipe that don't fit just because you want to use them up. Now if you have hops that are what you want for aroma/flavor, then you might as well create a recipe that uses them since you have them on hand.

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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2016, 03:45:22 PM »
Here is a list of my hops:
Hallertau 1.5oz
Willamette 2oz
UK Goldings 2oz
Cascade 1oz
Centennial 3oz
Warrior 0.5oz
Palisade 0.5oz
Liberty 3oz
LemonDrop 1oz
ADHA 529 1oz

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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2016, 04:01:54 PM »
Here is a list of my hops:
Hallertau 1.5oz
Willamette 2oz
UK Goldings 2oz
Cascade 1oz
Centennial 3oz
Warrior 0.5oz
Palisade 0.5oz
Liberty 3oz
LemonDrop 1oz
ADHA 529 1oz

Mix them all together to make a mega blend for a big IPA or DIPA. May be dumb but I have always wanted to do that and call the beer "Hop Chaos"
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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2016, 04:13:07 PM »
I was thinking that when someone mentioned it above but affraid it would be too many flavors and come out weird.

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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2016, 04:13:55 PM »
I know these grains arent enough (im a partial mash brewer and know I need more extract/pale malt) but here is what spare grain I have too.
Grains:
1lb Golden Promise pale Malt
1lb Flaked Wheat
8 ounces Kiln Amber Malt
8 ounces Crystal 15
8 ounces Crystal 30
1lb Crystal 40
8 ounces Crystal 75
4 ounces Chocolate Malt
8 ounces Vienna Malt


Thanks for the input

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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2016, 04:42:10 PM »
Really would depend on the hops you have. Depending on the hops and your tastes, a Double IPA is a good way to go through a lot of hops quickly, if you're just looking to use them up. You can easily use 12-16 oz. in a single 5 gallon batch for that style.

Ultimately though, when I am trying to get use up some excess hops, I look at what I have and then choose a beer style I can incorporate them with.

I did post my hops and grains. thanks

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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2016, 05:53:09 PM »
It seems to me you have a few good options

I'd consider doing an ipa. I think you can use up  the GP, wheat, kiln amber, some C.

Hop wise the Palisade, Centennial, and Cascade would work. I don't know what size batches you're running, possibly the Hallertau (though that by itself would be enough for a wheat batch).

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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2016, 05:53:51 PM »
I know these grains arent enough (im a partial mash brewer and know I need more extract/pale malt) but here is what spare grain I have too.
Grains:
1lb Golden Promise pale Malt
1lb Flaked Wheat
8 ounces Kiln Amber Malt
8 ounces Crystal 15
8 ounces Crystal 30
1lb Crystal 40
8 ounces Crystal 75
4 ounces Chocolate Malt
8 ounces Vienna Malt


Thanks for the input



You have lots of options with the grain and hops. American styles - Blonde, APA, Amber, and Brown, English bitters. Lagers if you're ready. What styles do you like best ?
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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2016, 06:23:02 PM »

You have lots of options with the grain and hops. American styles - Blonde, APA, Amber, and Brown, English bitters. Lagers if you're ready. What styles do you like best ?

I already have plans for a Brown and Amber/Red ale.  Ive never tried bitters.  I mostly drink/brew APA, IPA and I did just make a Coffee Blonde Ale.

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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2016, 06:31:21 PM »
  I mostly drink/brew APA, IPA


Lemon Drop blends nicely with Cascade and Centennial. It would make a nice APA.
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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2016, 06:41:18 PM »
I know I would need more base malt and extract but what else from grains would you use?

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Re: Leftover/Spare Hops. What to do?
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2016, 06:44:58 PM »
I know I would need more base malt and extract but what else from grains would you use?


10 or 12 oz of crystal 40 + extract +1/2 lb of sugar would work nicely. The sugar serves to dry the beer out a bit (ie., prevent it from finishing sweet due to using the extract) . If you use software, target around 1.054 OG.
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