Q: Hoping for a miracle that you are online in my time of need.
I am brewing the George Killians all grain lager recipe from your web site. I totally missed the 5HBU pack that the recipe calls for. Now I have wort ready to boil and no 5HBU pack, and we are getting snowed in for a few days and I am afraid wort will spoil before I can get a legit 5HBU pack. The recipe calls for cascade for flavor/aroma (I have that). I also have 1 oz of Challenger AA 5.3% on hand. From what I have read, bitter hop selection is mostly irrelevant. Will .94 oz of this Challenger be OK for the 5HBU pack? Or, does it need to be 5HBU of cascade, or your mix?
A: challenger can be used in place of the 5 HBU pack on the recipe to get the needed bitterness
Q: What is this hop pack? It does not say what hops are in it.
A: the hops and amounts will vary but are typically northern brewer, warrior or cluster in these packs
Q: What type of hops is in the 5 HBU pack?
A: these are typically Northern Brewer, Warrior or Chinook in these packs
Q: what hops are used in that pack? how much and at what time of the boil for the American Bock?
A: The amount used and type of hop will vary as this is a sole purpose pack for maintaining bitterness in recipes. We use wither Nothern Brewer, Cluster or Warrior in these packs and the amount would base of fof that hops alpha acid at the time of packaging to get the 5 HBU's needed. The American Bock uses 1 3HBu pack added at 60 minutes for bitterness
Q: what hops i might have around that would equal the 5 hbu hop pellet pack?
A: HBU's are a mesure of the hops alpha acid to use for bittering additions to keep the batch consisten from crop year to crop year. For example. if we needed 5 HBU of cascade, and the crop was currently at 10% AA for 1 ounce of hops, we would use 1/2oz to make up the HBU's needed. IF the same cascade came in at only 2.5% AA per ounce that year, we would need 2oz to get to the 5HBU we need for the batch.
what hop mixtured is used to make the 5 HBU pack? what hops are you getting from Northern Brewer? Trying to load my beer calculator? Thank you
A: The HBU pack weight will vary based on the current alpha acid of the hop. The current alpha on the US Northern brewer used for these packs is 9.9%
Q: How do I use this in a brewing software that requires a specific hops input? Like I have to pick a hop variety.
A: The HBU pack hops and weights will vary based on the alpha acid of the hop used. Currently we are using Northern Brewer hops for the HBU packs, and the weight will have to be taken for an accurate entry into the brewing software
Q: So, if the following formula's are correct, (HBU = AA% x oz. So you would need to know the weight of each package and the HBU of the package (in this case 5). AA% is HUB/ weight. ), What is the weight of the package? Is it 1 oz or something else?
A: The weight of the hops will vary depending on the alpha acid of the hop at that particular time frame to gain the same amount of HBU's. We would not use the same amount if the hops were 10% one season and 5% the next.
Q: I understand that the bitterness will be always the same if using the HBU packs but wouldn't the flavor characteristic change if different types of hops are put together to make a hop pack that is only focused on the IBU amount and not the different flavors so many hops have? I would rather the recipes go back to the old way and use beer smith or some other calculator to control the IBU's. Just my opinion. I am not sure if anyone else agrees with this or not.
A: The HBU pack is only used for the bittering addition that contributes very little to no flavor as all to the batch. the HBU packs allow us to maintain consistency with the bitterness that is provided to the batch since hop alpha acids will fluctuate from season to season.
Q: How do you recommend I add this to beersmith for my recipe?
A: The hops in the 5 HBU pack are going to be possibly more than one hop or not.. To determine what the HBU is, you're going to have to take the
HBU = AA% x oz. So you would need to know the weight of each package and the HBU of the package (in this case 5). AA% is HUB/ weight.