Hey guys new to home brewing, missus bought me a coopers kit for Christmas and after a few brews I want to experiment with adding flavours to the kits so my question is how to you add hops to my kits and what are some different methods
For dry hopping, I've heard that if you throw it in at the start of fermentation then a lot of the flavours and aromas are carried away by the fermentation process. It's best to dry hop once the most ferocious fermentation is done. So chuck the hops in around day 6ish...heshtek said:I'm glad somebody started this forum thread as I was going to ask the same thing myself as I want to throw some hops into the next brew I make. I would be leaning towards the dry hopping method as it seems the most simple and a good starting point for using hops. Can you just throw the hops in with the rest of the brew at the start or do you really need one of those muslin bags?
What is an ounce, for Gods sake stick to metric measures; Australia converted in 1972 !!i put 6 ounces of Hallertau in a muslin bag) (i grew myself) into the pot of Coopers Canadian Blonde and No2 coopers enhance box, boiled it all for 5 minutes and let sit for 10 minutes, then chucked the whole lot into the fermenter (hops in muslin bag) next day added the yeast and let it ferment. i took out the hops bag after 4 days and let the fermentation finish. bottled it 5 days later.
the result was really amazing. clear crisp beer, with a wonderful citrus taste and aroma. good head, good after feel on the palate to. not bitter at all. first time i have used hops (especially rewarding after growing them for the first time and being the first crop too).
i have some POR to use too so will try them in with the Canadian.
That's a large amount of hops (70 grams)for what I presume will be a 20 litre batch?I hop my kit beers extensively and through trial and tribulation have settled on what IMHO is the best for results,
get a 19-20l stock pot, fill with 3-5 litres of water, add 1/2 your kit malt and all dry ingredients to the mix, bring to the boil and add your hops,
now I usually do 3-4 hop additions at 10 mins apart with the last hop addition for 5 mins then off the heat for 10 mins
then on day 4 of the ferment I dry hop
my current brew is
coopers pale ale
30gm cascade @25
25gm cascade @ 15
25gm cascade @ 5
coopers brew converter #2
coopers brewing sugar
SaFale yeast US-05
dry hopped with 25g cascade on day 4
cannot wait to keg this one