Tuesday, March 18, 2014

American IPA Immersion Whirlpool Hopstand Only


I have become damn near obsessed with the idea of capturing every drop of oil from the hops I brew with. I have really enjoyed brewing pale ales and ipa's using hopstanding or whirlpool hopping only to achieve this goal. This beer was made with no bittering hops and the hops that were added were added at flameout and constantly agitated by whirlpooling for 60 minutes at 185 degrees Fahrenheit. The theory I am testing is whether hopstanding preserves more of the delicate aroma and flavors of hops. Typically aroma hops are boiled for the last 15-30 minutes of the boil, which may very well drive off many of the volatile aromatics.

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