HOW TO USE HOP ESSENCE
What hop varietals has it been used with?
Several varietals have been employed along side Humuflor® and based upon brewers feedback we have found that they all work well. Through brewing trials many brewers have expressed they feel it's better to stay away from spicy, floral, and the otherwise more neutral aroma hops when using pellets or whole hops in conjunction with Humuflor®.
What usage rates work best?
Brewers have had amazing results by using pellets at a 1 pound per barrel rate in conjunction with 1 oz. of Humuflor® per barrel in hop forward pale ales. When using Humuflor® as a stand-alone aroma addition its recommend that brewers double the rates above.
- 2 oz. per bbl. as a standard aroma addition
- 4 oz. for IPA and DIPA
- 6 oz. for triple IPA
What beer styles does it work well with?
Humuflor® works well in virtually any beer style where hop forward aromatics are desired. Heavily dry hopped American Pale Ales and IPA's are ideally suited for Humuflor® usage.
Where do you apply it? (see diagram)
Humuflor® can be applied in the bright tank or it could be added directly to the keg prior to filling. However, we recommend application in the bright beer tank.
Do you need to deaerate the vessel used for adding the product to the bright tank?
Before dosing Humuflor® to a bright tank its always recommended that brewers deaerate the product. This can be done using a small 2-gallon soda keg. The first step is to measure the amount of Humuflor® needed for the batch size. Then clean and Sanitize the keg and add the Humuflor® to the keg that has been purged of oxygen. Then slowly bubble in CO2 through the out port down through the pickup tube, this will purge all of the oxygen from the Humuflor®. The oxygen can be released from the vessel by epressing the gas pressure relief valve and allowing the blanketed oxygen to be purged out. At this point the Humuflor® is ready to be dosed.
How do I transfer it to the vessels?
When adding Humuflor® to a bright tank simply increase the pressure of the keg to greater than the tanks pressure. Then connect the outlet of the keg to the sample valve and this will push the Humuflor® through the line into the tank. The product could of course be poured directly into the keg which would then get purged of any oxygen prior. Humuflor® could also be added to the fermentation tank through the dry hopping port of the tank but it is preferred that it be dosed in a closed environment.
How do I mix it into the beer?
Humuflor® just needs to be made homogenous into the beer. This can be done simply with a sanitized centrifugal transfer pump and two short hoses. After the sanitization process is complete the hose connected to the pump outlet gets hooked to the racking arm which will be pointed in the up position. The pump inlet hose will be connected to the drain valve on the bottom of the cone. Running the variable frequency drive on the pump at 20 ohms is a perfect speed for looping and getting the Humuflor® homogenous. The sanitizer must be purged out of the lines prior to connecting the lines and starting the recirculation.
How long does it take to work?
Depending on tank size and pump velocity, usually 1–2 hours will be sufficient. After looping, the beer can be cold crashed and then it can be transferred or carbonated depending on where the Humuflor® was added.
How much time can I save using it?
The use of Humuflor® in lieu of staggered dry hopping shortened tank residency time by one full week. There is also significant time saved during the CIP process not having to deal with the clearing of hop material that has settled in the cone of the tank post transfer. Humuflor® usage mitigates the water used to rinse this hop material from the tank as well.
How do I store it?
If storing for more than 6 months it's best to keep it frozen, otherwise simply keep it refrigerated at all times.
How long can I store Humuflor®?
Humuflor® can be stored frozen for up to a year. Once the product has been opened, its best to use it all or purge any oxygen remaining in the container prior to storing.
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