Why say no, when it feels so good to say yes? Less than 24 hours after bottling our first two batches of beer, the Sirens posing as empty carboys were calling our names. So we did what any self-respecting person would do – we brewed more beer. This time we decided to try our hand at an IPA – a recipe called SumoCitrus 2 our friend Jereme concocted and which I had the opportunity to taste a week ago at his house.
Our first batch of beer had 1 oz of hops. Our second batch of beer had 2 oz of hops. This puppy calls for 8 – EIGHT! – ounces of hops. We measured them out in bowls on the counter and quickly found ourselves engulfed in hop aroma. It was glorious.
We had our first major boil-over when we first added the hops to the wort – learning a valuable lesson about how FAST these things can get out of control. I’m hard-pressed to come up with a more worthy reason for a deck-stain though.
Finally, we also learned a valuable lesson in straining into the fermenter when you have a wort so full of hops. Our funnel and strainers kept getting clogged.
Any advice out there on a better way to get wort out of the kettle when it’s this full of hops is extremely welcome. It took us a long time.