Cascade HopShot Hop Extract
HopShot is CO2-extracted hop resin that can be used for bittering or late additions to boiling wort; treat it just like leaf or pellet hops added during the boil. The HopShot syringe contains 5 milliliters of extract. One milliliter of HopShot yields approximately 10 IBUs in 5 gallons of 1.050 wort when boiled for 60 minutes. Test batches indicate that this bitterness may be slightly less aggressive on the palate than your average hop addition.
Cascade hop extract has an alpha acid content of 38.8%.
Click here for help with HopShot IBU calculations.
I think some of the reviewers may be a little confused as to what this is intended for- it is for adding IBUs/bittering to your recipe. For this, it is perfect. I find that I can get more clean bittering from the HopShot extract if I am going for a high IBU beer, without having as much hop detritus in my whirlpool.
What it is NOT for is adding "hop flavor", which frankly really only comes from late addition hops and/or dry hopping. Remember, your nose is the detector for most "flavors"; which are really aromas. Bittering is the only tongue flavor you are getting from the hops. Also recall that bitter sensation is offset by sweetness, which is part of the reason why the apparent IBUs dedend on the starting and final gravity of your beer.
For those of you who have been accustomed to the "juicy" IPA style, these are actually quite low in apparent IBUs relative to the classic West Coast style IPA, so if this is your target, stick with hop pellet additions instead of extract.
I found the hop effect of the hop oil a less than the published info (data sheet pdf). I seemed like one of the Cascade Hop Shots didnt go off, there was a tar or grease like residue left in the boil pot that was distinctly hop oil in aroma when rubbed. There was no where near enough to say that they all failed, only that a major portion of one of the hopshots did not dissolve in the rolling boil of wort.
I've had two batches using hopshots now and, for me, both were ruined by it. In fact, I couldn't drink anything with an IPA tag for a while. It'll wreck your pallet. I've rated it a 3 because I recognize that my pallet isn't yours. It does its job exceptionally well. But I just can't get through how much more it bitters your beer than standard hopping.
So, if you've yet to have a bitter-enough beer and just want something that will punish you with bitterness, try this out. But if you've ever had an IPA too bitter for your tastes, I'd avoid it and stick with regular hops.
I just used the hopshot on August 25 will bottle the beer. I did taste the wort and tasted great, I am making a American Pale Ale. I substituted Chinook hops that go in on the 60 minute boil. Will be nice to finally taste the beer after it is conditioned.
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Only consider this if you are adding to boiling wort. Post-boil additions result in extract not dissolving (and then sticking to the sides of the fermenter, hops bag, and any tools it comes in contact with. Also would not dissolve in boiling water.
Very hard to clean residue (PBW helped some, but did not remove completely). Finally found that Go-jo hand cleaner would remove from tools and hands.