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wet hop IPA conversion to pellets

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by millerbuffoon, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. millerbuffoon

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    Hey everyone,
    I was given an awesome wet-hop IPA recipe from Beefmental here on BA. I had grown hops for 3 years, and this is the first year I actually brewed a wet-hop IPA, and his recipe was stellar. Hop juice, and hop-candy were two of the reviews. I did modify a little towards my affinity for west coast unbalanced IPA's, but here is the recipe I brewed...

    1 pound of Caramel 40
    ½ pound of Carapils
    7 pounds light DME
    ½ oz. Simcoe (60 min.)
    ½ oz. Galena (60 min.)
    ½ oz. Centennial (60 min.)

    ½ oz. Simcoe (20 min.)
    ½ oz. Galena (20 min.)
    ½ oz. Centennial (20 min.)
    1 lb. of corn sugar (15 min.)
    ½ teaspoon of irish moss (15 min.)
    1.5 pounds (24oz. wet weight) of fresh picked Cascade hops (10 min.)
    dry hop with 1oz of Centennial and 1oz of Simcoe after 2 weeks
    bottle 2 weeks later
    OG 1.062
    FG 1.006

    So my questions are...
    What do we replace the wet hop cascades with???
    24 ounces wet would be 4-6 ounces of pellets, depending on who is doing the math. Do we do all Cascade? Substitute with others? At what intervals? Anything at flame-out?

    I found the above beer that I brewed awesome, and would love to be able to replicate it over the winter with pellets. I'd be interested to hear input and suggestions.

    Thanks!

    Miller.
     
  2. inchrisin

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    I'm gonna go with everything else you've heard/read about wet hops. 6 oz of wet is about the same as 1 oz of dry or pellet. You can get into the surface area and wort loss of pellets vs whole leaf. To keep it simple, let's not. 4 oz of cascade pellets or whole leaf. If you want to replicate, I'd go with the whole leaf, but it's personal preference.

    Why DON'T you have a 5 min or a KO hop? It's good to have a 10 min addition, but I'd break up your 4 oz into a 10, 5, KO, and a 20 minute hop stand (if you're feeling wild).
     
  3. HerbMeowing

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    CW: wet whole hops are used at a rate of 5 - 6 times the dry whole hop rate.

    Pellets go as ~90% of the dry whole hop weight.

    Wet weight: 5 oz
    Dry weight: 28 gm
    Pellets: ~25 gm
     
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