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Re: Hop Flavour Extraction

Postby UZGin » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:25 am

Find the most aromatic that you can get your hands on.

Aroma IS flavour.

I would steam distill with water to be honest. You can then separate the oil from the hydrosol. The hydrosol is also highly useful in applications such as flavouring lollies.

You can use ethanol to extract, but the oils are going to be relatively soluble in the resultant distillate you'd get some, but not lots. For better oil yield, I'd use water.

Alternatively, you can purchase hop oil.
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Re: Hop Flavour Extraction

Postby Kapea » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:32 pm

My friends over at Hopunion may be able to help:
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Re: Hop Flavour Extraction

Postby FullySilenced » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:23 pm

Ok maybe i will HOP on over there.... :?
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Re: Hop Flavour Extraction

Postby Kapea » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:22 pm

I meant read about the processes they use to make the extracts. No need to reinvent the wheel (or the lolly... Pops) ;)
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Re: Hop Flavour Extraction

Postby UZGin » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:16 am

CO2 Extracts are pretty darn high quality oil extractions. You also need very specific equipment to carry it out.

You usually pay a premium for CO2 extract oils, as opposed to distilled oils. If you want a primer on oil extraction, I can certainly do that, but in another thread. It's actually quite interesting, and very pertinent to Gin production.

You can certainly extract Hop Oil utilizing distillation. Trust me. I did it last night, and i've been doing it for the past few weeks.

Problem is, you pay a premium to get the flowers, pellets work too. Then your oil yield is pretty minimal. It's far more economical to simply purchase the oil.

On the flip side, you miss the enjoyment of extracting it yourself.

I highly recommend you get your hands on Citra Hops. Failing that, get Cascade.

Citra is some seriously wicked stuff though!

As for WHY I've been so involved with Hops...well, you'll all see in the coming months :)
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Re: Hop Flavour Extraction

Postby FullySilenced » Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:43 am

Can you use like a 20 ton press and squeeze it out Punkin ? Most people have a 20 press in their shop... or shall i say all real men have one.... ;-)
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Re: Hop Flavour Extraction

Postby UZGin » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:41 am

FullySilenced wrote:Can you use like a 20 ton press and squeeze it out Punkin ? Most people have a 20 press in their shop... or shall i say all real men have one.... ;-)


Unfortunately you can't properly cold express hop oil. The yields are very minimal, and you'll need to separate juice etc...
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Re: Hop Flavour Extraction

Postby UZGin » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:43 am

punkin wrote:I do want a primer on distillation extraction of hop oils and i want it here. That's what i started the thread for :lol:




SoIfYouCareToTutorI'llGladlyListenPunkin 8-)


I'll work on a primer for oil distillation in general, it'll cover everything. Probably best for a new thread, for ease of reference for others.

In terms of hop oil however, you should steam distill with water.
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