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Brewing TV - Episode 17: Hop Madness 2010


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Original postdate: September 3, 2010

- B. Crosby Hop Farm (OR)
- Simple Earth Hops (WI)
- Time to Brew: Wet-Hopped Red Rye

We've been waiting a while for this episode to ripen and be ready to pick. From the messages BTV fans have posted for us at BrewingTV.com and Facebook -- you can't wait either. Well, here it is!
We're celebrating the hop harvest of 2010 in grand style. This episode includes visits with two hop-growers, one in Oregon and one in Wisconsin. Then, it's a very special Time to Brew. We're picking fresh hops right off the bine and tossing them straight into the brew kettle. It smells oh so nice!

Let's hop to it!


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Stuff we used:

Dawson's awesome TopTier Modular Brewing System

John Blichmann gives a tour of the TopTier



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I love this episode... hope you all do, too!

September 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterChip

Except Hop Madness 2010 was last weekend at Willamette Mission state park. :)

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrett Silver Begani

Really enjoyed this episode. Keep 'em coming.

Tim (UK)

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Nice episode. Harvesting milliions (?!) of pounds of hops by hand would be a momentous task. It takes 20 min or so to fill a gallon bucket, which is 2-3 oz when dried. Man.

Please let us know how the wet hop beer comes out! It looks super delicious.

How did the gravity come out at 1.056 when it was 18 brix? Did you dillute it with water?

Also, you have extra Liberty cones that maybe I could come and pick a 1 gallon bucket? I'd bring some of my Pliny clone to share. :)

cheers guys.

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonO - St. Paul

@DonO - While the wort is chilling, I said we might have to top up depending on collected volume (I think that clip stayed in, anyway ...) well, we did. Them there Blichmann burners are powerful, and this was the inaugural batch. I had to add back a couple-or so gallons of H20 to make volume.

Thanks for keeping us honest, and we'll keep you posted on the progress of this batch. It's cold-conditioning in secondary right now.

September 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterDawson

Hey Dawson, random question: noticed the fake owl in your garden. Is that a squirrel deterrent? How has that worked for you?

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

I heard that hops can kill a dog...quick. Any truth to this?

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDougJ

Great show guys! Love all those hops. I have a few questions about the top tier system you have. Do you have a detailed list of what your system consists of. (Pots, pump ect) and the total cost (retail). I am looking to purchase some sort of rig like this. Any info would be a great help. Feel free to email me if this is the wrong forum for this information.


D&D Brewing Company

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD&D Brewing Company

Awesome. I think I'm going to try and grow my own hops starting next year. All those hops looked fantastic. It's must be a blast to brew with home grown hops.

September 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuffdeezy

Nice video. I harvested 8.5 pounds of cascade and I wet hopped today. Brew on!

September 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrewale4me

@Brad - the owl is a rabbit deterrent, and it works for crap. The dog gets one every now and then, though ...

@Doug - my understanding is that hops are poisonous to dogs, but I'm not sure if it's only the cones or the whole plant. I'm lucky b/c my dog has zero interest in eating anything not made out of meat or cheese.

September 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDawson

@D&D - it is 2 x 10 gallon polarware pots (one with false bottom for MT) and 1 x 15 gal polarware w/ false bottom - I had these (along with a March pump and Therminator) with my previous, much jankier ten gallon AG system ca. 2004. They all migrated to the TopTier (which has two burners for the MT and boiler and a shelf for the HLT).

If you or your friends or whoever is in the market for a rig like this and you like watching BTV for free every week, please shop at Northern Brewer and let them know BTV sent ya. Your purchases help produce this show!

If you have any more q's, feel free to shoot me an email via the Contact tab. Cheers!

September 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDawson

Can you also throw wet hops into your fermenter similar to dry-hopping? If so, what were the determining factors to boiling/infusing?

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

great show! watched all of your episodes I love hops and grow my own

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergary

@Alex - I can't give you an answer based in personal experience; I have only ever used wet hops for finishing in the boil kettle (b/c of the ease of addition & removal and sterilization). If you try it, let us know how it goes!

September 7, 2010 | Registered CommenterDawson

Excellent episode, any chance there are any good excerpts or extras from the Hops Madness Episode? Cheers

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Sweeny

Adding wet hops increases your chance of picking up additional bugs (literally) and critters that could survive.

I would suggest spliting off a small batch (gallon jug maybe) and give it a try, but what you want are the glands, so the wet leaves likely won't add anything positive.

My 2 cents


September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrispy

Great episode, definitely inspired me to get researching on growing some hops int he backyard. Love the show!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

I've been growing my own hops for three years now. I currently have Goldings, Willamette, Cascade, Perle, Centennial, Chinook and I added Horizon this year. I plan on adding some Simco, Columbus and possibly some Liberty to the garden next year. That should just about cover all the beers I like to brew best. (Yes, I live on an acre so I have the room), If you've been thinking about it but not sure, guys...and or gals...go for it, build it, add some water from a drip system and they will grow!

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhil in Reno

Tell me more about the hop rocket. It essentially looks like a very kiss ass hop back. I assume it is in the test phase. How well did it work? When will it me available to us in the homebrew community?

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

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