Using Your Homegrown Hops in Your Homebrew

Hops is awesome and makes the beer. We all know that. And now that you’ve ordered your hop rhizomes and are getting ready for have a garden full of hops, let’s talk about some ways you can look forward to using that hops, once it is brew ready.

How are you going to use your homegrown hops?

How are you going to use your homegrown hops?

90 minute IPA

You may have already tried a Dog Fish 90 Minute IPA, as it was once deemed “perhaps the best IPA in America” by Esquire Magazine. But since then, a number of breweries and homebrewers have attempted this type of IPA with great success, so there’s no reason you can’t do it, too. This is a flavorful IPA with a great malt backbone that can stand up to the extreme hopping rate. This beer became extremely popular and since then the 30 minute, 60 minute and a 120 minute IPA, have also started to hit the homebrew community. If you’re interested in a 30 minute IPA, then we have a great store recipe for you to try out.

This hoppy homebrew is time consuming, but worth it

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Whatever flavor of beer you’re brewing, hops make all the difference.

This beer is perhaps a little more time consuming than most homebrews, but if you’ve mastered the all grain brew, this is just another fun step to try out. Once you’ve got your wort and there’s 30-90 minutes left of your boil you want to systematically and consistently start adding your hops. Some say every minute, some say every 5 minutes, and if you check the homebrew boards on line, you’ll get anything from 3 to 7.5 minutes. The trick is to evenly distribute the hops for the remaining 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes of your boil. If this sounds a little too complicated or time consuming, why not just brew a good old fashioned Pale Ale, IPA or double IPA.

Get your IPA ingredients at Castle Rock Homebrew Supply in Colorado

The procedure and technique is important, but so is the ingredients you use. At Castle Rock Homebrew we carry Colorado’s largest selection of fresh grains and hops of any variety. And if you got your order in on time, you’ll also soon have your own hop rhizomes to cultivate in your beer-garden. Get your malts, hops and yeast from WyEAST or Inland Island and get hopping on your 90 minute IPA. Let us know how it turns out. We’re always interested in hearing your trip and tricks of the trade. We’ve been doing this for a long time, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t always room to grow and learn. That’s the beauty of the homebrew; it never stops evolving. See you at the shop.

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