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Welcome to the first Mass Hops blogpost! My name is Matt Dailey. I am a homebrewer and I run Oilcreek Brewing Co. I have been brewing for nearly 5 years. This hobby started as just something to try and has blossomed into a passion that cannot be extinguished. With this blog, I hope to be informative and to help you incorporate Mass Hops’ extracts and other high- quality brewing products into your brewing process. 


I have had many passions within brewing, but none like the New England IPA. With the addition of Mass Hops’ extract, you will get no vegetal flavor of hops, and that is the perfect way to make your IPA stand out in a crowd. At first, this is a strange flavor to adjust to because your mind is so used to tasting that vegetal flavor alongside the oil that really drives that hop flavor. One other benefit of hop extract is that it yields you more beer in your final product because you don't have any absorption by the hop pellets. Anyway, let's dive into my process to enhance your experience with Mass Hops extracts.   


Personally, I rarely do any hop addition within the 60-minute boil with pellets or extracts when brewing NEIPAs. In order to drive those flavors out of the oils, I like to drop the temp of my wort down to 180 degrees fahrenheit (after the boil) and pull a sample from your wort. Remove three to four cups of wort, squeeze the syringe of Mass Hops Citra extract into your hot wort, and mix it around until thoroughly blended. Take that and mix it back into your hot wort while either running a whirlpool with a pump or stirring by hand. Keep the 180 degrees for at least 30 mins, then cool and transfer to the fermentation vessel. 


I tasted a beer made with 5mls and one brewed with 25mls of Citra extract. Five milliliters is enough for subtle flavor/little aroma, and 25 milliliters is enough for good flavor and aroma. I will say that I also dry hopped after high krausen with 2 oz of Mosaic Pellets, just for biotransformation. I suspect that the extract oil will be enough on its own, but I wanted to make sure. My next brew will be to take on 50+ mls in the whirlpool to see what happens. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, this guide should help you start brewing with Mass Hops extract. If you have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me by email at oilcreekbrewing@gmail.com. You can also check out the content on my Instagram, Facebook  or website at oilcreekbrewingco. 


Recipe:

11 lbs American 2 Row

2 lbs Flaked Oats


Mash at 152°f for 60 minutes


Boil for 60 minutes. 


Hop additions:

25mls of Mass Hops Citra extract at 180°F and whirlpool for 30 minutes


Yeast:


Imperial A38 Juice or

White Labs London Fog 066 or

Wyeast London Ale III 


Dry Hop 2 oz Mosaic Lupomax Pellets (22AA) directly after high krausen 


Finish fermentation in about 10-14 days. Chill and package. 


5 gallon batch/25 IBUs/ OG 1.064/ FG 1.012 / ABV 6.8% 



For best results do not bottle condition this beer. Will not withstand the conditioning process. If you really want to up your game, make your chloride:sulfate ratio 150ppm:50ppm. This will enhance the body and mouthfeel of the beer.



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