Wet Hop Brewing with Adrian Cook – BeerSmith Podcast #235

by Brad Smith on May 16, 2021 · 0 comments

Adrian Cook joins me this week from Blue Lake Hops to discuss brewing with wet hops and a new fresh wet hop product they are producing.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (42:36)

  • This week I welcome Adrian Cook to the show from Blue Lake Hops. They have been pioneering a new technique to bring fresh wet hops to home brewers and pro brewers.
  • We start with a discussion on the resurgence of hop growing in the Great Lakes region and midwest US.
  • Adrian tells us a little about some of the new varieties coming from the region.
  • We discuss the founder of Blue Lake hops and his new technique to bring fresh wet hops to brewers.
  • Adrian talks about the effort which included Michigan State University to find a better way to package fresh wet hops.
  • We talk about what fresh wet hops bring to a harvest brew that dried and pelletized hops do not.
  • Adrian explains some of the advantages and some of the challenges when working with fresh wet hops.
  • We talk about how to estimate the alpha content and also amount of hops needed to get the bitterness right for wet hops.
  • He explains the best use of wet hops in the brewing process.
  • We discuss feedback from customers on their hops and also what varieties are available.
  • He gives his closing thoughts on working with fresh wet hops.


Thanks to Adrian Cook for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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