I’ve decided on the hops for our brew and we are going American! Hops are what give us bitterness and aroma in a pint and they are split, broadly speaking into 3 groups, bittering, aroma and dual-purpose. Each variety has an alpha acid rating, given as a percentage, and this tells us how much ‘bitterness’ we can extract from each batch of hops. As a general rule aroma hops are low alpha, bittering are high alpha and dual-purpose are in the middle. But as we all know rules are meant to be broken!!, so there is a lot of room for playing.
The varieties for our brew are all American and will be Delta 6.9% for bittering, then for aroma we are going for Willamette, Bullion and Ammarillo all mixed in together. We are not concerned about the alpha acid for aroma hops as they only contribute a small amount of bitterness.
The shiny bags on the photo are our hops, they are shipped over from the States in big bags called ‘Bales’ and then split down here in 5kg bags and then vacuum sealed.
It will be a reasonably bitter beer but will have lots and lots of flavour....hopefully!!!
The brew date is now Friday 18th of May...Spence gets the honours, with myself as mash-monkey, mainly due to the time it will take to empty the copper (think huuuge saucepan) of all those hops, 16 kg in total
I'll get some brew day pictures posted here Friday PM.