It’s Harvest Time! Wet Hop Simcoe IPA Brewday

Tis the season for fresh, wet hops!  We’ve never brewed with wet hops before, mainly because we’re newbies and this is the first harvest season we’ve brewed in.  We had to make a fresh hop brew so we got our hands on some Simcoe and found a recipe we liked, we tweaked it some and brewed this on Saturday.

We used Maris Otter for the base malt as well as some 2-Row, vienna and carapils.  We also added a pound of corn sugar to boost it up some.  Once all is said and done this will have a pound of Simcoe in it.  We brewed with 12 oz and I’ve got 4 oz vacuum sealed in the freezer to dry-hop for 5 days.

Fresh Simcoe Hops in a Box

Fresh Simcoe Hops in a Box

Simcoe Hops Ready to Drop

Simcoe Hops Ready to Drop

Hop Spider in Action - Full o' Simcoe

Hop Spider in Action – Full o’ Simcoe

Boo helped us brew, she was not impressed.

Boo helped us brew, she was not impressed.

There are a few sites that have fresh hops, prices seem to be all over the place but from what I’ve seen an average is about $10.99 – $15.99/lb depending on the variety.  When using fresh hops you need to use 4-5X more by weight to get the same results as you would with pellets, due to the water weight these carry.  Note that wet hops and whole leaf dry hops are not the same, for whole dry hops I’ve read you need about 20% more to get the same results as pellets, YMMV.

FRESH HOP SOURCES (Availability changes quickly, these sites have fresh hops as of this post.)

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3 thoughts on “It’s Harvest Time! Wet Hop Simcoe IPA Brewday

  1. How has your hop spider been working out for you? Any issues keeping the bag down in the boil? I wont be able to use mine till the end of the month unfortunately.

    • No issues, worked like a charm. I did a FWH addition on this brew and had to lean it over on two legs so it hung down in the pot more while lautering. Once it was loaded and boiling all the hops stayed down just fine.

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