Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby Slid » Wed Nov 26, 2014 23:32

Hi Leith

Have now taken emotional ownership of SWMBO's ludicrously expensive piece of Kitchen-Tat and it has given good results to date. Am exploring the strange world of the Saisson at present and adding a Triskel hop tea after a few days in the ferment. Have even added a "second run" of boiled water over the same hop dust.

Great technique, mate, hope you got yourself home safely :thumb: .
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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby LeithR » Thu Nov 27, 2014 21:36

Hi there Slid,
Good to hear you are having success. I'm in the middle of doing an Amarillo hop tea for my AG batch which is a bit of a Theakston's OP clone, its just mashing for 30 mins just now.

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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby Pjam » Fri Jan 02, 2015 20:00

I worry about sanitation with drying hopping ........ do you think this rice thingy might be a better bet?
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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby LeithR » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:55

Hi there Pjam,

Your sanitation fears are shared hence my exploring hop teas and blitzing hops. Your tea ball looks just fine, it can easily be sanitized if necessary before late hopping in a cooler brew and would sanitize naturally if pitched in early in the boil. Only concern I have from the picture is how large the holes are and would hop material drop through?

Try it and see - and good luck with it.

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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby Pjam » Sun Jan 04, 2015 14:00

LeithR wrote: would hop material drop through?

Try it and see


I tried it only yesterday :D it was very good ...... I left the hops whole and the only thing to go through the holes were a few seeds. Great success I think. The only drawback might be capacity. 50 or 60 grams is about the limit. I might have to get another :hmm:
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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby LeithR » Sun Jan 04, 2015 15:00

I might have to get another


Good idea, how do they float/sink in the wart? More hops would probably give it more buoyancy.

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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby Pjam » Sun Jan 04, 2015 16:01

LeithR wrote: how do they float/sink in the wart?


That's another plus I forgot to mention ...... I've always found hop bags, even with weights, ridiculously buoyant. The rice ball sinks ..... but only just.

With 60 grams of hops I think I had the max ... you could get in more but I'm not sure you'd get any circulation.
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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby Pjam » Wed Jan 21, 2015 13:06

I thought I might try your approach :thumb: :)

But I've got some last minute questions. 30 mins steep for the hops, is that right? And, how much water? and, do you think I could add the hopped water to the bottling bucket?
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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby LeithR » Wed Jan 21, 2015 18:08

Hi Pjam,
Yes, 30 - 45 mins steep, I usually start it off then go off to do something else and come back to it later.

My Cafetiere is a 1L one so I use about 3/4L to allow for the hops in the pot. I have also used fermenting beer instead of water which works well.

Haven't tried putting the hop tea straight into the bottling bucket, I like to do the hopping when the brew still has a couple of days left to ferment, however, I can't see why that wouldn't work.

Let me know how it works out if you go ahead.

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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby Robdob » Wed Jan 21, 2015 18:16

Thanks LeithR for your how to, I've just done that this afternoon using a cafetierre full of blitzed hops in my Black Rye Ale. First time I've tried it as it's only my second partial mash attempt. It's at 1.022 at the moment after 5 days so hoping I've got it in about the right time.
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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby Pjam » Wed Jan 21, 2015 18:40

LeithR wrote:Let me know how it works out if you go ahead.


Will do :thumb:
I'll do it over the W/E and with the Bottling bucket.
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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby Pjam » Tue May 05, 2015 10:17

Pjam wrote: the Bottling bucket.


Works well in the BB !
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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby brugen » Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:18

LeithR,

With ordinary dry hopping you add the hops for say 5 to 10 days in Secondary to allow the flavour of the hops to infuse the brew. I assume that with your hop tea this is mainly done in the cafetiere.

Do you add your hop tea for the same length of time as you would dry hops or just a day or two ahead of bottling?

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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby LeithR » Fri Nov 13, 2015 16:08

brugen wrote:LeithR,

Do you add your hop tea for the same length of time as you would dry hops or just a day or two ahead of bottling?

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Yes, add for 5 days in secondary would be fine.

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Re: How to 'ish - Dry hopping/Hop Teas - a different approac

Postby Raptor » Wed Jan 06, 2016 23:07

Hi LeithR, do you let the hop tea cool down before adding to your fermenting beer?
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