Brew Beer-Cooking Hops

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    HopTech Homebrew Supplies owner Dan Franklin adds the hops to boil for home-brewed beer.

    Dan Franklin: Hello, Dan Franklin from Hoptech Homebrewing in Dublin, California. Okay now that we have added the extract, we are going to let it come back to a boil, and then we are going to add our hops. In the hops you have two, generally you have two hops. "B" for bittering; bittering hops take approximately one hour, so let's check and see if she is boiling.

    And yes we have a very nice boil, so it's ready to go. So set your lid down. Once again be careful because your lid is hot. Take a pair of scissors, and this particular one, it is marked "B" for bittering. This is what gives beer your bitter effect. So now very important, shut your heat off. I know you just brought it back to boil, but you want to shut your heat off for safety purposes because when you add these hops to boiling water you can get splash back, and hops will break down which will create, create a boil over if you are not careful.

    So let it come to rest, and it's just about at rest. Lightly pour your hops in. You will notice they are green palettes just like we had before, so we are going to add these in and make sure you stir it in. Oh yeah it looks really good and we are getting this white foam which is a combination of the wort mix with the hops and that's what you have to be careful about it. If you put your lid on and you walk away you are going to come back to quite a mess.

    Beer takes a time to make and there is a lot of sweat, but the most important safety issue is the one hour of cooking, this is what you should always be there watching over, okay. So let me finish adding these hops. Okay it's looking good. Let's go ahead and turn our heat back on, cover it, just give it a one stir before we just get them nice mixed in there.

    Okay, put down the spoon. Go ahead and cover it, don't cover it completely. You want to let a little place for the air to escape. Some of your neuropaths will have a vent on them, don't lid, it doesn't matter. Preferably you should be using a stainless steel pot. Once again put the lid on partial, your heat's back on and every few minutes, keep an eye on it take your lid off, stir it. If it gets going a little too high, right now it's fine, lower your heat, okay. When you have a gas stove it's a little easier to fine tune your lowering, electric stove you have to be a little bit more careful. So you just want to keep it at a nice constant boil. Just about every home brew will experience what they call a boil over. It happens, just be careful that you don't walk away and once again if you have children and pets make sure they are not in the general area of the stove, okay?

    Oh! Yeah we have a real very nice boil, not too vigorous. I might turn it down just a little bit, okay? So now, we are going to leave these hops in here for 60 minutes. This is your bitterness hops. We are going to come back on the last of five minutes of the boil. We are going to add the aroma hops. Generally bittering hops are 60 minutes, aroma hops are 5 minutes. Many recipes will call for a flavor hop which is 10 to 15 minutes.

    Today's recipe, we are going to go with bitter and aroma. So we are going to keep an eye on this and we are going stir it occasionally to make sure we don't have a boil over and make sure you set your clock, your watch for 55 minutes. In 55 minutes we will add a final aroma hop and then we are done with cooking the beer and we will go on to our next step.

    Okay let's take a look at our pot. Everything is going on really good. Stir one last time. It's just about 55 minutes into the boil according to my clock here. So what we are going to do now is we are going to add the aroma hops and aroma hops are simply what they do, they give your beer an aroma. First hop is for bitterness and this is now your aroma hop. This is one of the more important hops, okay?

    So let's take our packet of hops and once again we are using palette. Let's take our scissors, open it up carefully. We have shut the heat off. Okay. The boil has, give it just the few seconds to die down, and it appears that it has died down, so we are going to do, once again cautiously because you are dealing with hot water.

    At this point it is no longer water, it is wort. This is what your, this is what your beer is just about, so I hadn't sprinkled and first time purge, it takes a little while to get used to the smell of the beer, but after you have been doing this for a while you really start to enjoy it. It is a nice pleasant smell. Okay so it's nice and stirred up, let's go ahead and we are going to turn the heat back on, once again it's only for about five more minutes.

    Okay, I look at my clock, put the lid on. Once again, don't walk away leaving unattended and in five minutes from now we are going to shut the heat off and we are going to go to the cooling stage.