Homebrew: Green Hop Beer

Submitted by DM on Sun, 21/09/2014 - 22:26

My Cascade hop bine is in its second year of growth & has given me way more hops than I can use again - even if I brew a super-hopped APA.   This is a green (or fresh) hopped beer with the hops picked straight from the bine & taken to the wort kettle.   On the basis that green hops weigh 10 times the weight of dried hops, this isn't destined to be the uber-hoppy APA it appears.   Time will tell however.

Mash: 1 hour 35 min. Starting at 69°C, a little boiling water was added to the wort every 20 mins or so to keep the temperature falling too much over the mash time although I allowed it to fall steadily to 64°C at the end of the mash.

3.5 Kg of Maris Otter pale malt

100g Crystal malt

Boil: 1 hour 30 mins.

150g of Cascade added 15 mins into the boil

200g of Cascade added at 40 mins into the boil

200g of Cascade added at 1 hour 10 mins into the boil

200g of Cascade added at 1 hour 20 mins into the boil

200g of Cascade added as dry hops - hops scalded first to reduce chance of introducing an infection into the wort

This yielded 22 litres of wort with an original gravity of 1.034, suggesting that the alcohol level will be around 3.1% finally.

Dried US-05 yeast was made into a starter (with a little pre-boiled & cooled water, a teaspoon of sugar & a pinch of salt) as the beer was being made & pitched when the wort had cooled to 25°C.

Bottled after 7 days

Not cleared yet, but then I forgot to use Irish Moss at the end of the boil. A very pale beer with quite some vegetal-DMS flavour. Needs to age a little.

Nik (not verified)

Mon, 13/10/2014 - 00:44

Opened my bottle and it's *gorgeous* - an extremely light, fresh hop taste which I could drink for days on end.

Still very hazy, but the vegetable taste is almost completely gone. Light, fairly dry & hoppy but not a hop bomb by any means. Will improve further with time.

This beer has mellowed out nicely. A very pale ale that has never fully clarified, with a good grassy hoppiness. Not bad at all.