Wet Hop Pre-Order

This year we’re ordering our fresh-off-the-bine “wet hops” from BC Hop Company http://www.bchop.ca/welcome.html

We will only be getting Cascade hops this year. If you’re interested, please place your order at Barley’s (phone or email is OK) by Sunday September 6th.

Hops should arrive on Friday September 11th but that date is subject to change. We’ll keep you posted

Fresh Cascade hops will be sold at $1.25 /oz


Wet hops, also called fresh hops, are freshly picked from the bine and used immediately. They are not dried or processed in any way. Many people agree that the use of wet hops lends a more vibrant, fresher aroma and flavour to a beer. A number of local breweries employ the technique of wet hopping including Driftwood Brewery with their Sartori Harvest IPA, which has been received enthusiastically from the local beer-geek/ hop-head community. Other breweries experimenting with Wet hops include Hoyne, Phillips, Townsite, Salt Spring Island Ales and Granville Island (This was written in 2013. There are plenty more breweries this year to watch for some wet-hopped beer!). If you want to try your hand at some wet-hopped homebrew, this is the only time of year to make it happen.

Some things to consider:

  • Wet hops, as the name suggests, contain a great deal more water than their dried counterpart. If you’re aiming for a target AAU, you’ll have to multiply the amount of hops you use by four to six times. The extra water also means you may have to compensate with extra malt to hit your target OG.
  • Wet hops are ideally suited for late boil additions and, ironically, dry hopping. If you’re only dry hopping with wet hops, you don’t have to concern yourself with using extra in order to get your IBUs
  • Wet hops need to be used as soon as possible. They can be stored in the fridge but should be used within 4 days. Remember, it’s all about freshness!



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