Posts Tagged ‘cascade hops’

Brewed: I’m Sick of these Dolphins

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

I’m Sick of these Dolphins, American Pale Ale, brew day thoughts:

home grown cascade hops
A huge crop of ready to harvest cascade hops.

The bumper crop of Cascade hops growing on the south side of the house begged to be used in a home brew. An American Pale Ale with a simple recipe seemed to be the best route for a whirlpool hop addition of these beautiful Cascade hops. Close to a S.M.A.S.H. (Single Malt And Single Hop), I’m Sick of these Dolphins was created. The simple recipe, using only Maris Otter malt, didn’t take long to develop. I only wished I had Cascade pellets on hand.

There was a entire pound of 2017 Centennial hops in the freezer that were begging to be the boil additions. Since they are sometimes referred to as super Cascade I figured the profile wouldn’t be that far off from Cascade and they would compliment the profile of the home grown Cascade.

A pound of home grown Cascade hops in the kettle for a whirlpool.

The name for the beer comes from a quote from the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Since I was using wet hops, I thought it was appropriate to have a name associated with wet/water. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is the only movie I could think of quickly, that I would want to quote, that dealt with water (Dammit, I forgot Jaws).

Brew day: went well, it was my first time brewing on back-to-back weekends since the beginning of 2019. I have great brewing days the latter half of ’19, let’s hope that I can keep them lined up. Enjoy!

Recipe for I’m Sick of these Dolphins

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, September 01, 2019
Day: Overcast, rain early, humid, @70*F
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S04
Yeast Starter: None
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.049
Finishing Gravity: ?
IBU: 38.3
Color: 4.4 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Conversion Efficiency: 66.99%
Alcohol by Volume: ?%
Apparent Attenuation: ?%
Calories per ounce: ?
Primary Fermentation: 7 days @66*F

Grain Bill:
10.00 pound(s) Marris Otter

Saccharification @152.8*F

Hop Bill:
2.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @20 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @15 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @10 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @5 minutes
Boat Load ounce(s) Freshly Harvested Cascade whirlpool, 15 minutes

1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
1.0 quart of rice hulls


  • 2019-09-02 morning: @66.0*F, added yeast.
  • 2019-09-02 evening: @64.7*F, very faint fermentation.
  • 2019-09-03 morning: @64.2*F, light fermentation.

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2014 Hop Growing

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

First full year Willamette hop plant.

First full year Willamette hop plant.

I have been logging my hop growing saga for the past few years: 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, typically with multiple entries. I have decided to try my hand at a 2014 update. Hopefully one of several (at least the harvest).

The cold weather in the are this winter gave me doubts on how well the plants would take off. The Mt. Hood was the early winner. It had one bine climb to 20 feet in a matter of week with the bine as thick as the rope that it is clinging too. This is the third full season for the hop and bar far the best. There are two other bines climbing their way up the rope as well. It is already starting to push out a few flowers for cones. I am contemplating nipping but I will probably just let it go as the cones are usually small from this plant.

Cascade, in it’s second full season, isn’t far behind. The strongest bine is close to 20 feet with two others very close behind. Last year this plant produced the best harvest. I hoping for another stellar crop for my second annual hoppy Saison late summer brew day.

Centennial, Mt. Hood and Cascade hop plants.

Centennial, Mt. Hood and Cascade hop plants.

Willamette, around the corner from the others and by itself, is a mere 10 feet tall but about what I expected from the first full season plant. A nice crop of this hop will add nicely to the Cascade hop additions.

Centennial has been my biggest bust. It typically seems to have an issue. Last year there were two with the second issue snapping the bines. They sure do dry up quickly once cut! This year, per typical, this plant is growing bunches of mini bines that I have to cut back, trying to coax two or three to stand out in the crown and grow. The two strongest bines are slowly approaching five feet. Needless to say I am not expecting much.

Four plants is the most my wife has allowed me to grow at one time. Excitement for the Cascade and Willamette will hopefully not be wasted. Enjoy!

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