Monday, April 14, 2014

Old Style Testing of Bitterness of Home Grown Hops

If you're not sure how to measure the bitterness of your home grown hops, try this technique that I discovered in April of 2014.

"...Take one ounce of your hops.

Boil two cups of water for 15 minutes with 1 scant Tbsp of sugar (utilization).
Add your hops and boil for 10 minutes.

Strain the hops and take your tea to dilute

1/4 of a cup of water to 1/4 cup of tea= one %.
So dump the first mixture retaining 1/4 cup and then add 1/4 cup water
Continue with dilute 1/4 cup of your tea until the bitterness is not distinguishable by taste.

Now if you have diluted 6 times and only have the slightest barely there bitterness -- you think about 6.1 or 6.3 %

It is a rough estimate: 5% to 6% for example, but it means you can brew with some idea of AA and you get to taste the hop tea too to get a flavor profile."

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