so, my homegrown vojvodina hops appeared to be ready for harvest. the cones were light and had a papery feel, and the cones themselves appeared to have a decent amount of lupulin in them:
after some research, I found that vojvodinas are a hybrid of northern brewer, styrian goldings, and a wild yugoslavian hop. therefore, I based my recipe off of a single hop northern brewer recipe and adjusted it with respect to other input from various sites. I also multiplied the required amount of dry hops by 4 in order to account for the use of fresh hops (many sites say to multiply by 4-5; I went with 4 mainly because my plant ran out of hops!). here’s my recipe:
- 8lb pale LME
- .6lb pale DME
- 8oz cara-pils (@150 for 30 min)
- 8oz crystal 60L (@150 for 30 min)
- 4oz fresh hops @ 60, 30, 5 min
first I weighed out the specialty grains and steeped them from room temp -> 150, then held at 150 for 30 min. I used a grain sock instead of a mash tun since the specialty grain bill was very small (1lb).
after hitting 150 for 30 min., I removed the specialty grains and added the extracts. I added a little more DME to compensate for the fact that I hate squeezing every last drop of LME out of the extract bag and usually leave at least a few ounces in the trash can.
then I got to picking the hops while waiting for the boil. CB and AF rolled by to participate in the “harvest.”
the volume to weight ratio of the fresh hops was pretty deceiving. after picking a bowl full of hops, I figured we were going to have well over the desired 12 oz. however, that was a small overestimate:
the first batch of cones got tossed in at 60 min and the picking continued. we ended up picking the hop vine clean, for a total of just over 12 oz.
the starter worked great, and the fermentation took off quickly and vigorously. I’m going to give it a week or two in primary, then secondary while carbing in a keg.
the end result – months of anticipation culminating in tossing a bag of hops and sweet wort in the compost.
to top off my brew day, I primed and kegged the presidio blackberry kolsch, kicked the tripel keg (finally!) and bottled some of it, cleaned my beer lines, and tapped the abt 12 quad semi-clone (review soon – it is pretty awesome). phew!
and what’s a brew day without sampling a few beers to aspire towards? I popped a bottle of la folie, while CB brought over a great valley brew IPA and deschutes’ black butte XXI porter. thanks again man!