Hillsboro Hops IPA
As I mentioned, we got another good load of hops this year. I’m excited to have brewed my first fresh-hop beer and the first beer made exclusively from our own backyard hops. As mentioned previously, this beer is based on a Lagunitas IPA clone but with hop modifications galore.
Style: Fresh-Hop American IPA
Brew Date: Sunday, 9-23-12
Base Malt: 7.8 lbs. Light LME
Steeping Grains: 1.0 lbs. Carapils, 1.0 lbs. Centennial-10, 0.75 lbs. Munich Light, 0.75 lbs Wheat, 0.5 lbs. Centennial-60 (all steeped for 35 minutes between 154-163°F)
Yeast: White Labs WLP002 English Ale (pitched at 83°F [thought it was cooler], started nights before [Friday at 10:30pm], conditioned on stir plate)
- Nugget at 12% α (estimated)
- Saaz at 4% α (estimated)
- 0.75 oz. Nugget (dried) at 60 min
- 11.25 oz. Saaz (wet) at 30 min
- 7.2 oz. Saaz (wet) at 0 min
- 4 oz. Saaz (dried): secondary fermentation stage dry hop (duration of secondary)
- 1.052 at pitch 9-23-12, 6:30pm
Bottling Notes: ¾ cup corn sugar.
This beer definitely has the “fresh hop” zing. It is bit light on body, though, which I suspect may be due to a too-small grain sack (crammed pretty full and thus not as efficient for steeping and releasing sugars).
Nice hop aroma from the dry hop, but not as much as I expected given that I used, like, a gazillion pounds of hops in the fermenter. I think it would have been much more pronounced if I could have found a good way to sink a sack full of them to the bottom. Wasn’t happening though when I tried that — stupid carboy neck was too small and I didn’t want to mess around with it too much.
Bring on the minor leagues.