I was able to get a decent harvest off my 2nd year Chinook hop plants. I decided to throw the entire harvest at a Fresh Hop IPA! In this video I talk a little about growing and drying fresh hops, provide an overview of my brew day and recipe, and evaluate the finished beer. I am curious how my fresh grown Chinook will compare to commercially grown Chinook.
I walk through making a “Shaken, not Stirred” yeast starter (Vitality Starter) using one pack of White Labs WLP013 yeast. I must have done something correct since this batch won a gold medal in the 2021 Dominion Cup! This is a simple process and is made without a stir plate.
Evaluating yeasts by splitting one batch into two (or more) fermenters and pitching different yeasts is about the easiest, and most educational investigative batch approaches. In this introduction article I discuss the process and equipment needed.
When should I add hops for taste and aroma? The advice these days advocates for whirlpool/steep and dry hop additions. Don’t late boil hops also add hop tastes and aromas? I brew 4 investigative batches to evaluate the impact of Mosaic hop addition timing, with additions at 30, 20, 10 and 0 minutes.
I just published my first YouTube video on brewing! This is a Stovetop BIAB video walkthrough demonstrating my process for brewing small batches in my kitchen with simple equipment. Come on in while I brew a, rather tasty, 2.5-gallon batch of Pale Ale made with Oats, Citra, Mosaic, and Voss Kveik.