Last year, I made it a double. This year, I got a great harvest of Chinook hops and they smell incredible. I've always really liked Chinook, so I thought it would be interesting to hop this year's version exclusively with Chinook. I'd do massive late additions of "wet" Chinook I just harvested, along with a very healthy whirlpool. I have dried and packaged my remaining Chinook and was going to include a big dry-hop.
What does everyone think? I don't have all that much experience brewing with Chinook, so I'm wondering if this hop variety will blend well with the more roasty/caramel flavour that the grains will bring?
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Since my main fermentation bucket was occupied by 5 gallons of hefeweissen (fresh hopped with home-grown hallertau), I decided to use carboys to ferment this one. After cooling down the wort, I transferred to both a 3 gallon carboy and a 1 gallon carboy. Big mistake. Without blow-off tubes and with my primary fermentation usually happening in a sizeable plastic bucket, I had to clean out the airlocks over a half dozen times. The initial fermentation was so violent that I was awoken in the middle of the night by the wort shooting through the airlock and coating my entire ceiling with dark hoppy liquid goodness. I have now learned that I will keep primary to my bucket unless I acquire some blow-off tubes
Anyways, since I have this beer in 2 different carboys, I was going to dry-hop them differently. I've decided to go with chinook, simcoe, and amarillo for the main batch (3 gallon carboy). The simcoe and amarillo would be store-purchased pellets as well as home-grown and dried chinook leaf, and the 1 gallon batch would be exclusively dry-hopped with a big amount of galaxy hops that I have left over and would like to use (purchased one pound late summer).
I will keep updating this thread with how both turn out. A big part of me would like to use the 1 gallon batch as a test to do a 100% chinook, but the galaxy is pulling me in, not to mention the potential in naming this beer something revolving around "black galaxy" or the like.
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