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ChristianSA
02-23-2010, 04:56 AM
Next month I am doing my first fresh-hop ale. I plan on doing the following:

I am around 5 hours drive from the hop fields and I will keep the hops cold during transport.

Use 4 times the amount of wet hops as I would use dried whole flower hops (by weight) to compensate for the water content.

I will only add the fresh hops in the last 15 minutes of the boil and do bittering with a ordinary dried hops. I have heard that boiling fresh hops for a long time can give of grassy flavours.

Any other things I need to consider?

-Christian

MacAllen
02-23-2010, 07:28 AM
Hey,

Maybe keep some of the fresh hops for a nice dry hop in the secondary/serving tanks, ........

Cheers Ryan

hopsick
02-23-2010, 10:06 AM
Where are you located in NZ? because hops have not started to grow in the US i am in Yakima Valley where most of the hops grow..

ChristianSA
02-23-2010, 11:01 PM
Where are you located in NZ? because hops have not started to grow in the US i am in Yakima Valley where most of the hops grow..

South Africa.

ěl-sheik
02-24-2010, 02:44 AM
Any other things I need to consider?

-Christian

just the fact, that I need to taste a sample !

I would think that factor 4 is a little to low and that factor 5 is more suitable looking at the water content before and after drying hops. But knowing you I am not afraid that the beer will be on the low side of hop flavor..:)

Christoph

hopsick
02-24-2010, 02:18 PM
I have Brewed about 5 freshhop ales 2 award winning and my advice is if it is a 15bbl batch I use about 8-10lbs depending on the alpha just for bittering and about the same for middle and then i clean out my mash tun and place 100-120 lbs of green fresh hops , whirlpool and run the wert over the hops and then through the heat exchanger the mash tun acts as a hop back .That works for me if you have any other questions feel free to shoot me an e-mail chrism@snipesmountain.com

gallon
02-27-2010, 08:29 PM
Wow 100 lbs that a lot of hops. I also brewed a 10 bbl batch using the mash tun as a hop back. I agree with hopsick. It worked for me but I only used 15 lbs. It was pretty aromatic. I want to try the 100 lb hop bomb though :)

Tim

Laughing Dog
03-01-2010, 08:18 AM
I have had it He knocked us out of the first place position at the Yakima Fresh hop ale festival http://www.freshhopalefestival.com/brews.html
when I tried it I knew He would win it was just that good

Laughing Dog