Fresh Michigan grown hops?

Discussion in 'Michigan Micro Brewery forum' started by ibthetrout, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. ibthetrout

    ibthetrout

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    My sis-n-law grew 3 varieties of hops this year. She doesn't even brew her own beer. She says it just sounded interesting and wanted to see if she could grown them. So Last weekend I went over and help pick the hops and put them on my rack for drying. The varieties she grew were Chinook, Brewers Golden, and Cascade. I brewed a lot of batches way back when, and still have all of my equipment so I am going back into production. I recall using Cascade hops in a lot of my brews so that's the one I plan to use for a porter I want to make. She likes IPAs. Does anyone have any suggestions about which of the 3 varieties might work best for an IPA? Any tips or suggestions on using fresh grown hops?
     
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    The problem with using homegrown hops is that you don't know the bittering value, that said if you're doing an IPA you can throw a lot of hops at it without getting too bitter for the style.

    Brewers gold is mostly a bittering hop approximately 8.5%.
    Cascade is good for bittering, flavor and aroma, approximately 5.5%.
    Chinook is pretty much only bittering, approximately 13%.

    Here is a typical recipe for those hops.
    https://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/view/383694/chinook-cascade-ipa

    Hope this helps. If you want any more info, let me know. Have fun brewing. Check out my brewery and give me some feedback. I posted some picks in the sound off section.
     

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    I thought I hit reply but, must not have. This is just to let you know I replied.