Codename : Westfort Hop Water Pilot
I have spent some time researching hops, reading up on beer and mead brewing techniques, and generally learning as much as I can about the processes. It was inevitable that the algorithms were going to hand me a video suggestion on how to make hop water. This is my scaled down, experimental, completely untested attempt at making a carbonated hop water. Yes, you read that right. Carbonated. I don’t have the equipment to force CO2 into the beverage, so I am relying on my technique of bottle conditioning.
Recipe inspiration : TheBruSho Ultimate Hop Water
- 2 g Chinook hops (See brew notes below)
- 800 ml of filtered or distilled water (chlorine in home water may produce off flavours)
- 1/16 ml Nottingham dry ale yeast (See brew notes below)
- 5 ml Corn (or white) sugar
- 1.25 ml of lime (or lemon) juice
Carbonation : 1.8
- Add the water to whatever vessel you will be steeping in.
- Add the hops to a clean cloth tea bag, this is called dry hopping.
- Allow the hops to infuse at room temperature for 4-6 hours, or until you get the aroma you like. Try to avoid the temptation of squeezing the bag, you don’t want to impart any particulate matter from the bag.
- Sanitise everything required for bottling.
- Once the desired aroma has been reached, remove the hop bag.
- Add the sugar directly into the bottle, add approximately half the hop water into the bottle, cap it and shake vigorously. This will ensure the sugar is dissolved completely.
- Add the remainder of the hop water to the bottle, cap it, and shake vigorously once again.
- Add the dry yeast directly into the bottle. It is already room temperature, wait 15 minutes for the yeast to re-hydrate.
- Put the cap back on, and shake vigorously, yet again.
- Add the lime (or lemon) juice, cap it, then shake vigorously one last time.
- Add it to the shelf, and wait at least one week for it to carbonate.
- I used Chinook hops, as I like that pine taste it imparts, I regularly use it in my beer. Use whatever hops that appeal to you. Use more, use less, this is about your taste, too!
- The video I watched said to steep the hops for 6 hours, I found at 5 hours, I had the aroma I was looking for. I took a tiny sip, it was a taste I liked, too.
- The declared measurement of yeast is purely a guess, 2-3 ml of yeast can easily create a beer at 3-4% ABV, so a tiny amount should be enough to react with the sugar to get the carbonation. For all I know, I could have used less.
- Knowing the hops plus bag would absorb some water, the starting measurement of water to be slightly higher, with the anticipation it would reach the desired 750 ml.
- Using a carbonation calculator, the 5 ml of sugar was chosen to achieve the approximately 2 CO2-vol I am hoping for.
Brew & Tasting Notes
- Pleasantly pleased, definitely got the taste I was looking for.
- The lime addition felt just right.
- This steeped for 5 hours, I think I will go to 6 hours for the next one.
- The carbonation was too low, I wasn’t sure how the yeast and sugar would behave in the bottle, so I erred on the side of caution, I will likely double the sugar for the next one.
- I will consider options to sweeten going forward.
Steep day : 27-Jan-2024