2009 Harvest Ale - with pics

Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:44 pm

The Stats:

2009 Harvest Hop Ale
Vol: 3 gal
OG: 1.070
IBU: unkown

5# British pale
1# wheat malt
8 oz. C40
4 oz. C120
1 oz. chocolate malt



The take for today (I already have 2# dried centennial, 1# dried magnum). I needed to harvest most of what's out there to save them from the japanese beetles.


Here's a close-up of the delicious resin. I'm not using any commercial hops, so bitterness will be unknown. They sure are sticky though!


Mash hop with freshly harvested homegrown including:
fuggle, nugget, centennial


End of mash shot.



The brew was continuously hopped every 5 min with a handful of the sticky buds, for the entire boil. Kettle hops included: Magnum, Cascade, Mt. Hood, Goldings, fuggle, nugget, and centennial.

Up next... whirlpool hops:


I literally packed the entire column of liquid in the kettle with cones. It actually made stirring difficult. Same varieties of hops as the boil additions.

Here's a shot of the spent whirlpool hops, filling half of the 4 gal kettle.


And the end result - 2.75 gallons in the carboy. I definitely lost a considerable amount of wort to the hops.


The wort has a major hop aroma going into the carboy. We'll see how it turns out after the Cal Ale ferments the bitch. Anyone else harvesting/brewing with wet hops? Let's see the pics.

That's all, folks.
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Re: 2009 Harvest Ale - with pics

Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:52 pm

That is what a good harvest ale is all about. You never know what you've got.

IBU: Unknown
Wort volume: Not known until poured into the fermentor

Not harvesting yet, opposite half of the globe here in Aus but some shoots are starting to come out of the ground for this years crop. Check back in a few months! :D

Enjoy your brew though, should be nice.

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Re: 2009 Harvest Ale - with pics

Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:06 pm

Well, from your photos, I wish you had more hops. :o
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