Wet Hop VS Dry Hop

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  1. APB

    APB Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Nebraska

    Being a huge fan of Sierra Nevada's Northern and Southern Hemispheres which use wet hops, I'm interesting in hearing what everyone's preference is?
    Wet vs Dry, or is it even worth comparing because those Hemispheres are proof?
  2. Siriusfisherman

    Siriusfisherman Maven (1,324) Aug 23, 2011 New Hampshire
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    The term 'Wet Hop' refers to hops that are used fresh off the vine without being processed. These can only be used during the fall immediately following harvest. The term 'Dry Hop' refers to a method by which hops are added during the fermentation/conditioning phase to enhance aroma and flavor. So if a 'Wet Hop' is added to the fermenter or conditioning tank, it is being used as a 'Dry Hop'.
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  3. whiterabbit

    whiterabbit Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2010 Ohio

    I am sure some will make a case for their favorite, but to me, it is like asking "do you prefer knockout blondes, or knockout brunettes? "

    Depends only on two things: 1) what is available and willing?
    2) Please see #1....
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  4. APB

    APB Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Nebraska

    I understand the difference, I am pursuing an agronomy degree... There are 2 harvest per year(North of equator and South of equator) so I was interested if anyone had a preference of the fresh "wet hop" over the "dry hop", as I personally really enjoy the flavor and aroma from the "wet hop". Also is SN the only company that markets a wet hop beer?
  5. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Pooh-Bah (1,797) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Founders Harvest Ale...wet hops for miles
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  6. TypsiYpsi

    TypsiYpsi Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2012 Michigan

    There's a good amount of wet hopped beers, my favorite being Founders Harvest Ale. Some breweries will say fresh hopped which is not necessarially the same thing. SN Celebration for example.
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  7. zachary80

    zachary80 Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2009 Indiana

    Founders Harvest and Three Floyds Broo Doo are a couple additional wet hops that come out in the fall...I imagine there are quite a few. However there are going to be far many more dry hops since that can be done year-round, and the comparison of wet/dry is not one that really comes to mind when drinking them.
  8. koopa

    koopa Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey

    Wet Hop ales are unique but a bit more 1 dimensional than dry hopped ales imho. This is due to the hexenols present in the wet hops that lend that domineering wet grass quality. If I had to choose one or the other I'd take the latter for variety alone. That doesn't mean that I don't get very excited at the end of each September and beginning of October :slight_smile:
  9. Siriusfisherman

    Siriusfisherman Maven (1,324) Aug 23, 2011 New Hampshire
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    No, there are quite a few, it is becoming more popular. Founder's, Deschutes, Great Divide, and I am sure that some more do as well. I hear Surly's is off the charts, although SN Northern Hemisphere is pretty much as good as they come though.
  10. xxbillay

    xxbillay Initiate (0) May 31, 2012 New Jersey

    At the risk of sounding stupid, I'm going to ask anyway.

    Does wet hop and fresh hop mean the same thing?
  11. Jugs_McGhee

    Jugs_McGhee Grand Pooh-Bah (5,956) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    ^Someone with the cajones to ask a question and try to learn from the community. I too am not clear on the distinction, but I look forward to someone in this thread clarifying the matter for us.
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  12. GrizzWranglin

    GrizzWranglin Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 South Carolina

    No, they have two totally different connotations. "Dry hop" just means they add hops during or after fermentation, where as 'Wet hop" would mean they would use hops that haven't been dried out for fermentation. So you could actually use a "Wet hop" to "dry hop" your beer. Dry hop is loosely used as a very where as wet hop is used as a noun.
  13. matthaslaservision

    matthaslaservision Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2012 Canada (BC)

    you didn't read the question properly! :stuck_out_tongue:

    Yes, wet hop and fresh hop are the same thing. Wet just refers to the hops fresh moisture content.

    edit: wet=fresh off the vine, not dried out. fresh= ...fresh. fresh off the vine. two words same meaning. Some brewers just use "fresh" as a marketing ploy I imagine. You're more inclined to buy a "fresh" beer than a "wet" one. That's my take on it anyways.
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  14. GrizzWranglin

    GrizzWranglin Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 South Carolina

    Oh snap!
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  15. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    You spelled bine wrong. :wink:
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  16. marquis

    marquis Pooh-Bah (2,301) Nov 20, 2005 England
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    I used to be shouted at by a hop grower for calling a bine a vine! In my defence, I do grow grapes :slight_smile:

    Haven't had a fresh hop beer for perhaps ten years. There were quite a few around at one time;I remember "Fuggles Nouvelle" from the Teme Valley Brewery, they are basically hop growers showcasing their products.Haven't had them lately but they are still brewing. Their website explains this; they are no longer available in cask.They were most enjoyable but to be quite honest I couldn't detect that much difference from a conventionally hopped beer. Perhaps a touch more grassy , perhaps thet was my imagination.
    Our green hop beers. 5 single hop varietal beers brewed during hop harvesting using un-kilned hops. These fresh hops are pitched to the boiling beer within an hour of picking to make more flavour and aroma available to the beer. All 5 are exceptionally pale and feature the hops prominently
    Not available in cask."
  17. StoutLover4life

    StoutLover4life Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2012

    technically you can dry hop with wet hops...
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  18. jtmartino

    jtmartino Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California

    Uh, no you don't.
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  19. Zach136

    Zach136 Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2012 Georgia

    Sierra Nevada has a slightly different interpretation per the webpage for Celebration.

  20. jesskidden

    jesskidden Grand Pooh-Bah (3,071) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    SN Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale does not use wet hops - they can't get the hops to the US fast enough to use them in that manner. From SN's SHHA's webpage "...featuring fresh hops picked, dried and shipped from New Zealand within seven days of the fields."

    That's not what most would call "slightly different" - it's pretty much "the opposite". :wink: SN's "fresh hops" are dried, using the same terminology that brewers have for centuries.
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