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Brewing TV - Episode 45: Hop Madness 2011

Brewing TV celebrates another successful backyard hop harvest with a brew session and some over-the-top wet-hopping at home. Then we're taking a field trip to Hop & Brew School in Yakima, WA. Ever wondered how home and pro brewers get those wonderful hops? You're about to find out. All for brew, brew for all! [Original postdate: September 23, 2011)

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Are you guys worried about your dogs getting into the hops at all? I wanted to grow hops, but am concerned my dog would eat them and I read that they are poisonous for dogs.

September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

Another great episode, guys, well done! Dan's scrooge Mc Duck style hop dive and Keeler's "Just throw them all in / just throw it all in, whatever..." AWESOME!!! I just finished my hop harvest as well, 4lbs Cascade, 3lbs Chinook, 2lbs Centennial, 1lb Magnum - all Vacuum packed and in the freezer. I don't have time to brew and harvest in the same week. I ****ing hate tomatoes too, Chip.

September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTed

Great hop related episode...will be brewing and wet hopping a Cascaidian Dark Ale this weekend, so timing was perfect! Off topic a little, but atleast seasonal. A while back in one of your episodes or in one of the blogs (can't remember, but would love to revisit the discussion), there was a reference to someone simply adding a pumpkin pie (not the traditional flesh during mash) directly into the wort (minus the crust) to make a Pumpkin Ale. The proponent of this indicated it would simply provide the traditional flavors and contribute more sugars for the yeast to feast on. Crazy idea...but I'm hooked. Thinking of trying it, but would like to hear any suggestions/comments regarding this technigue. Plus, I intend to wet hop with some Mt. Hood and Hallertauer from my garden, any suggestion as to how much wet hops to add and at what intervervals so I get a nice balance between the spices from the pumpkin PIE and wet hops? (And to simply clarify for those of you wondering why I am going this route....Because I can!)

September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarvin

Excellent again guys. I also refuse to let my wife grow Roma's or cherry tomatoes. The big heirloom purple ones are great on burgers though.
First year of my hops in the ground didn't yield but a pound, next year they should explode in growth. Plus the lines are 12 feet in the air, if I can remember to put up the strings on time. I have room for another 8 rhizomes so I'm starting my search now for simcoe and amarillo.
FYI: I've found out that hops are only toxic to certain breeds of dogs. My malamute doesn't even care about them, so I don't have to worry about her, but my compost is outside where she can reach it.

September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrett Silver Begani

my question is the same as Casey's. I want to grow, but what about the doggies? are you sweeping the back yard for cones all summer or what?

September 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnyb

Awesome episode guys! I am excited the Rye Extract and look forward to purchase some. Two young kids, so stuck with extract brewing for now. Drinking a Founders Reds Rye right now!

I don't think dogs just go and eat hop cones. All the fear is probably from feeding spent grains to dogs with hops in it. The sweet smell of wort/spent grains is probably the enticement for eating hops. Though it does make you wonder, because of the all the grass chewing dogs do.

September 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave T.

The video quality seemed very good for some reason on this episode... Brewing TV is at its best when Chip, Mike and Jake are all active participants. What a great episode to kick off the fall / harvest season!

September 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChad in Clinton IA

Chap Wilton in the hizzy!

Glad you BTVers are digging this episode. It was fun to put it together. Great to have Jake & Mike back around the same brew kettle. And it was really really really cool to see all that Hops & Brew School footage and bring Boody & Bart into the episode. Good guys.

As far as dogs and backyard hops - I have never seen a hop cone just fall off a bine. Not in high winds. Not in heavy rain. Only when dropped while picking. At the same time, when I have dropped one or two on the ground, my dog doesn't pay them any attention anyway... and he's a beagle - they eat every/anything. So, I wouldn't worry about the dogs and hops. That's just me. I know from being in Dawson's backyard, he's got tons of bines and I don't think Resa has ever had any issue either.

Looking forward to flying out to Denver this week and getting lots of great footage for an upcoming GABF episode! Wish I could fit you all in my suitcase.

September 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterChip

I'll second Chip - I've never had any dog/hop growing conflicts (except for some random digging around the crown of one Liberty, but that was only because it's near a rabbit hole, and it was easily curtailed with some wire fencing). I also have read in a few places that hops are poisonous to dogs (the literature didn't specify breeds, or what breed-specific toxicity would mean for mutts). The way I see it - I'm not a veterinarian, so that's my YMMV disclaimer - is that if you're not growing hops but you are homebrewing, then your dog is already exposed to hops to some extent (and even if you're not brewing, they could still exposed to some degree to chocolate, coffee, onions, rodent poison, radiator fluid, etc, in the household area, which are also toxic to them). I think hop growing while having a dog is just a matter of quarantining them from one's pooch and mitigating risks - take the precautions, then go ahead and plant some rhizomes.

September 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterDawson

What's Up Guys?,
Well I have my garden harvested and the wet total is 13 lb Cascade and 1 lb Chinook. My Nugget and Centennial were new rhizomes and their yield was light. So their contribution went into my last beer along with a pile of Cascade. Dried, vacuum sealed, and frozen I ended up with over 3 pounds of hops. I hope your harvests were also bountiful. Another helpful episode.
Thanks.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrewale4me

Like it. Wonder why adding more hops at once might produce a vegetal note? I brewed a Wet Hop Rye IPA two weeks ago! But I used a total of 2 lbs wet weight hops. I added about 1 lb at 30 min and 1 lb at 15. When racking to secondary I thought maybe I got a vegetation-like taste a little bit. It is still there and not yet kegged. It was not bad, but I wasn't getting much "wet hop" character, whatever I expected that to be. I will dry hop with some known good, strong commerical hop pellets. So that will boost the aroma. But I wonder if it was either the amount of hops I used, or the way I added them, or what. I will know more how it comes out once it is in the keg. Cheers on another fun episode. The head first dive into the hops was pretty sweet. But I've heard when you do that you get so much dust/lupulin on you that you almost regret it.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonO

best quote of the episode: "MIKE DAWSON HAND CHARGE!!!" ok so i might have embellished a little (not really). great episode!!!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpatrick

Great episode. I'm jealous as hell of y'all and your hop crops. It's been a blazing hell in Texas this summer. My Nuggets didn't even bother to return from last season, and my Cascades burned up. Hops are probably the only reason I can think of to live up north. And how the hell did Chip land a little cutie like that?

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Man I love BTV!! Great episode guys! This is the stuff that brought me to home brewing...

Last year's wet hop episode was an inspiration, so when NB offered a wet hop pre-order at the St. Paul store this year, I had to jump on it, 1 lb simcoe please. As a bonus, I found out when I went to pick up my order, there was some extras available, 1 lb cascade and 1 lb centennial, thank you!

Now, only being 4 months into my home brew career at that time, I did what anyone would do, I made my first non-kit beer, a wet hop beer, and then did a wet hop version of my favorite kit, Evil Twin. 1.5 pounds of wet hops in each batch, the best smelling brew days ever! They both went into the keg on Monday after about 23 days in primary, should be tasting them this Friday!!

Planting my own hops this next spring.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason S.

Yo, WTF! You guys keep up the good work. After watching your video on the Bender I went straight to all grain and tried to brew the Bender. I am drink that BA now and feeling good.. Stay in the fight. Chip I love you but not in a gay way.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFreddy

Great episode.
I was so inspired that i was forsed to harvest myself, Hallertau, Northern Brewer and Tattnager, i live in Sweden so the climate is not the best but the yeld was greater then expected.
A wet hoped ESB is now bubbling away in the frementer.
I have blogged about it but it´s in Swedinsh.
http://houblonetcompagnie.blogspot.com/2011/10/humlens-vag-till-vorten.html

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonas

Regarding keg hopping - how do the BTV crew feel about leaving the hops in the keg until it blows dry? Assuming you're not planning to CP fill bottles, etc.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark W

@Jonas - sweet blog post! I could understand "humlens" and the pictures needed no translation.

@Mark W - personally, it makes me feel pretty damn good, as long we're talking whole hops in a bag (if you want to have fun sometime, keg hop with pellets - don't use a bag - and then spend a chunk of your finite time on this planet trying to get them out of the liquid dip tube). The beer will keep picking up hoppiness the entire time you're gradually drinking down the keg, so my personal inclination is to err on the light side of addition weight and/or use it on a beer that will drink pretty fast (cask bitter being a prime example). Have fun and let us know how it goes if you try it.

October 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterDawson

Well sir, I've been keg hopping for a couple of years, pellets in bags, and it makes me feel pretty damn good, too. :) I don't have the finest palate, but I have to say I don't pick up the grassiness or vegetal qualities that others describe.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark W

Last year's wet hop episode made me fall in love with the toptier and then eventually buy it as well as grow my own hops this year. I just recently used them in a batch and it is fermenting nicely. Can't wait to try it and grow more next year.

October 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuffdeezy

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