4 x Single hops. Back to Basics kitchen brew

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4 x Single hops. Back to Basics kitchen brew

Post by Frothy » Mon May 01, 2017 11:31 am

Investigating new hop varieties and tastes after some time out, with a split mash and 4 single hop boils on the stove top. We just moved house (with no man shed) so winding back 10yrs to kitchen scale, not a PID in sight. Demijohns for fermenters.
Hop quantities are fixed for steep and 10min quantities, then worked back to 50IBU's each.

Grain bill for 16L @1.050
4kg marris otter pale

Hops for 4L each @ 50IBU's
Citra 14%AA
60min - 5g
10min - 3g
0min - 6g

Magnum 11.8%AA
60min - 6g
10min - 3g
0min - 6g

Mosaic 11.4%AA
60min - 6g
10min - 3g
0min - 6g

Styrian Goldings (bobek) 3.59%AA
60min - 23g
10min - 3g
0min - 6g

Evening1

Mash 1hr @ 65oC (2.5L/kg strike water)
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Batch sparge x 2
Full drain on first batch
2nd allowed to sit 20 minutes for the sugars to diffuse out of the grain
I over-sparge collecting 20L
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Evening 2
Hops
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4 Boils (pans are ~13L each)
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Hot fill into demijohns (no sanitation worries) and top up to 4kg mark with pre-boiled water. Boil reduction is 40% so good job I oversparged.
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Evening 3
Aerated each 1 minute and pitch re-hydrated SO-4. Love this yeast.
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Final OG:
Citra 1.050
Magnum 1.050
Mosaic 1.060
Styrian Goldings Bobek 1.056

I measured the OG of each and had to do some standardisation with sugar to get the first 2 up to target (despite collecting all the wort in 1 fermenter to standardise.) I will need to do a thorough mixing next time before splitting.

My efficiency is bang on target for 65%, so really pleased with this for a batch sparge, as I usually fly.

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Re: 4 x Single hops. Back to Basics kitchen brew

Post by Frothy » Fri May 12, 2017 11:52 pm

5g/L of glucose for in bottle carbonation. I'd use at least this much again. S-04 has done a great job as always. The 4 beers taste distinctly different. Pleased with the results. No flash chill has left then a bit hazy, but I'm not concerned.
Now to optimise and progress the recipes. The abv and bitterness is good- quest for more indulgent hop aroma & flavour.
Maybe some hop tea-bags for dry hopping in the bottle next.
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Re: 4 x Single hops. Back to Basics kitchen brew

Post by 6470zzy » Sun May 14, 2017 2:38 pm

Thanks for sharing that. Have you tried each variety and if so which one was your favourite?

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Re: 4 x Single hops. Back to Basics kitchen brew

Post by Frothy » Sun May 14, 2017 10:32 pm

Just drinking 2

Low on aroma in the glass but the hop taste is great. Robust and not overly bittered. I wouldn't want the alcohol any higher.

Styrian Goldings - rich and fruity, blackcurrant taste with some herbal blackberry too

Mosaic - Grapefruit and some red fruit taste, blood orange like. Rich tasting.

I will experiment with some dry-hops in the bottle aiming to add more hop aroma too.
Otherwise very pleased to be honest.
Styrian goldings is an old favourite of mine but could be swayed by mozaic for summer drinking.

I enjoyed a Piston head "flat tyre"made with mozaic the other day which was really fresh and fruity - so think I could potentially go much further with the taste (maybe with lighter malt.)





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Re: 4 x Single hops. Back to Basics kitchen brew

Post by Frothy » Tue May 16, 2017 10:37 pm

Citra - some fruity aroma, a little sulphur too. Clean fruity taste, peely and bitter. Grapefruit peel with lime or lemon edge. Very pleasant for summer.

Magnum - low aroma, taste is herbal. Liquorice and aniseed. Big impact on taste. Masculine. Could see this working well in a germanic lager at really low flavour dose.

Onto the next round of single hops.

The only one of these I wouldn't be fussed to repeat is Magnum to be honest.

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Re: 4 x Single hops. Back to Basics kitchen brew

Post by 6470zzy » Wed May 17, 2017 8:22 pm

Frothy wrote:
The only one of these I wouldn't be fussed to repeat is Magnum to be honest.

I can understand that sentiment, I have only ever know Magnum to be used as a bittering hop.

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