HOMEBREW Digest #5886 Tue 06 December 2011

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  Hop Aroma ("A. J. deLange")
  Re: Hop aroma (TARogue)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:03:46 -0500 From: "A. J. deLange" <ajdelan at gmail.com> Subject: Hop Aroma Hop aroma (and flavor) come from the essential oils. Putting hop flowers in a hammer mill and then compressing the powder into pellets has got to have a detrimental effect on these volatile oils. Thus I'd offer that the first step in obtaining aroma/flavor is to use at least some portion of leaf hops. These seem to be getting harder and harder to get. Obviously packaging in the small quantities that home brewers buy and doing it for a couple dozen varieties has got to be easier with pellets than leaf and the wholesalers seem to be going that way. Second factor is heat which drives off the essential oils so to maximize aroma and flavor one needs to minimize heat. Dry hopping is obviously one way to go. Late kettle additions (even right at knockout) is another. Seems to me that the ultimate way to get lots of aroma and flavor is not to use hops at all but rather their extracted essential oils. One way to get these is by steam distillation of a quantity of hops. This you can do yourself but it does take some equipment and know how (not much of the latter). Or you can buy the essential oils of several varieties from the larger HB suppliers. Adding essential oils to the beer will give you much more flavor and aroma than you can reasonably expect to get from flowers and/or pellets. Some interesting beers result. A.J. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 09:32:45 -0800 (PST) From: TARogue <tarogue at yahoo.com> Subject: Re: Hop aroma - --- On Tue, 12/6/11, Scott Dunn wrote: > > Hello group: > > I have been having trouble getting hop aroma in my brews. I > could use a bit > of a refresher or perhaps some advise. > For hop aroma you want to add the hops during the last 10 minutes (or less) of the boil. Obviously, bigger batches need more hops. Two ounces (57 grams) at ten minutes should be good. Good luck! - -- -Tom http://www.facebook.com/tarogue http://twitter.com/originaltarogue Return to table of contents
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