Harvesting hops and brewing up an all grain all wet hopped pale ale
About half way through September, I took a trip to visit my friend Dave’s uncle’s James farm where he had been growing 20 hop plants. Of the hops that were planted, only the Zues and Cascade hops had any significant harvest.
Harvesting the hops was fun, but the vines caused a mild reaction with my skin. Next time I wont treat the vines like a necklace.
From this harvest, we had enough hops to brew a 10 gallon batch of pale ale. The Zeus was used for the bittereing, cascade for the flavor, and a blend for aroma. Zues was also used for dry hopping.
Here is the tasting of my Wet Hopped American Summer:
Appearance: Amber to orange and clear enough to see through it.
Nose: A lovely biscuit bread malt sweetness with a calm citrus hope aroma.
Flavor:A medium bitterness with a sweet malt backbone holding the pale together. A bit too estery in the mid mouth. But an easy finish makes this beer a real easy drinker.
Mouthful: Medium bodied with a long lasting thick head
Overall: This is a damn good pale ale. I really love it. 8.5/10