Organic IPA for my birthday!

Posted by Nate in Beer, Homebrewing.
Wednesday, March 19th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Got an itch over the weekend to brew an organic beer for my birthday – which, at exactly 4 weeks away, had to happen soon.  Like tonight.

With the hop shortage and since I was playing around with ingredients anyway, I sort of threw a bunch of stuff together.  I mean, I had a plan, and it involved a lot of hops, but it was fairly seat-of-my-pants.  The good fun of the evening was I got to use my hopback: a little grant, or holding tank, full of hops.  The boiling hot wort flows over these hops and then directly into the counterflow chiller where it’s dropped from boiling to 75 degrees in seconds.  The result?  All the amazing hop aroma oils will be disolved into the hot beer and preserved as it cools.  The longer you keep them hot, the more flavor but the less aroma you get – this method gives you almost no flavor but a ton of aroma.  (Oh, and I put a bunch of flavor and bittering hops in too.  Mmmm, hops…)

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2 Responses to “Organic IPA for my birthday!”

  1. Rick Says:

    Great video – you are very creative in your brewing, that’s for sure. Is it hard to find organic ingredients? Is this your first organic beer, I can’t remember if you did any others. Sounds very hoppy and very yummy!

  2. Marianne Says:

    Happy Birthday!! It will be a happy birthday with that yummy, ORGANIC beer. I can imagine it now – you, BBQing for the first time this season, happily sipping your organic IPA.

    Watching the video was fun, you’ve got cool “stuff” for making your beer. Homebrewing is a very creative process.