A while back I had a conversation with Full Sail’s John Harris about Oktoberfest and Fresh Hop beers. He felt fresh hop beers were our true harvest festival beer, and I’m in agreement that they have become our de facto style and cause for celebration here in the Northwest. Hell, even brewers some distance from the hop fields are willing to air rush fresh hops to the brewery for a specialty beer. I look forward to sampling fresh hop beers every year (soon, soon…), but I don’t always get a chance to brew one myself.
This year, my hop crop is pitiful. The Willamettes never got down to business, and the Centennials are putting up a rather meager offering. Not to complain though, it’s only their first year. Luckily, my neighbor has a very mature plant that’s gone crazy. He’s given me the access to the cones, so this weekend I’m going to harvest and brew with them. At this point I don’t know the yield so I’m only putting together a grain bill, but I’ll be able to improvise with hops.
Here’s NoPoToberfest – my celebration of the hop harvest using North Portland’s residential bounty.
- 16 lbs domestic 2-row
- 2 lbs domestic wheat
- 2lbs crystal 20L
- 2lbs Munich
- 2.5 oz Summit @ 60min
- 1 oz dry unknown @ 20 min
- 35 oz wet unknown @ 7-5 min
Naturally, I used Safale S-05. OG was 1.052 and the two carboys are merrily bubbling along.