Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tips for the Time Constrained Brewer: Part 2

The second method in this series is very simple and very easy, however, it's generally applied to hoppy beers like IPA's and Pale Ales. It's simply hop bursting. What is it? Well, hop bursting is adding a shit-ton of hops during a 15 minute boil and that's it. You boil for 15 minutes and go from there. I wouldn't recommend this method for all grain brewers because depending on the grain you're using you may have to boil off the DMS during the boil. I only recommend this for extract brewers.

The tricky part about doing this method is figuring out how many IBU's you're putting in to you beer. I'm not going to get in-depth with calculating alpha acid content and boil time, because, quite frankly, I don't know how to do that. I use software programs that help me with it because technology is great. This is the one I prefer Beersmith.

That's really all there is to it, and remember that with hop bursting you're going to be adding a lot of hop flavor to your beer, not just bitterness, so the beer should just bounce off of your tongue when you drink it.

Have fun with it! And let me know what you think if you try it.

7 comments:

Milo said...

So you're saying only boil for 15 minutes period? One hop addition at the start of boil, 15 minutes later it's flame off / cool? How does this give more hop bomb than a longer boil?

Homebrew Junkie said...

It gives more hop flavor than a longer boil. The only reason to do a longer boil is to extract more bitterness from the hops. If you add say 4 oz of a high alpha acid hop at 15 minutes then you'll still get the bitterness and a whole lot of flavor, too.

Shane said...

Definitely good advice for saving time on a brew day. I do all-grain brewing, so boil for an hour typically, but still do mostly 15min or later hop additions for pales and IPA; you really can't beat the great hop flavor or aroma! It's great if you're shooting for a hop-forward pale ale, since you can keep the IBUs down as well.

Great advice! It's definitely something I would do with extract batches.

Homebrew Junkie said...

Thanks for the positive feedback. And I did forget to mention that all grain brewers can do it as well, thanks for reminding everyone. If you have any other questions let me know!

timtoo said...

Good one - I will try that with my next brew. So, to confirm, I make up the wort as normal and bring to the boil. Then, bang in with the hops (about 4oz) and keep the boil for 15 mins, switch off and carry on with the "no chill" brew approach. Must try it. Could have the whole brew done within an hour - excellent!

Michael said...

I dont think 15 minutes is the greatest idea. Great post. Love how you consider yourself a junkie. I am too. From a random guy over at Home Brewer's Haven.

Anonymous said...

Would you have a recipe please for 1 gallon batch of IPA as simple as possible..If possible, one malt extract, one type of hops and a yeast.
Thank you very much.