Hop Hash XPA – The gory details
We know what you’re all thinking, IPA, APA, ISA, IPL (Indian Premier League?)
“Give us another three letter abbreviated beer style to enjoy!”
KELLER DOOR HOP HASH XPA
Bumped, bruised and battered, the race for Lupulin powder is not one for the faint-hearted. A single harvest once a year, sending brewers into a hop hash feeding frenzy – and for good reason! As dangerously aromatic as it is addictive, you’d sell the house with nan in it just to get your hands on a beer with hash in it. But we’ve gotcha covered this time. Hop Hash XPA, displaying strong stone fruit characters with a bitter finish, tell nan it was a close one.
5.5% ABV | 50 IBU
4 Pines Brewpub Manly, 4 Pines Truckbar Brookvale
and arriving at a peddler of beer near you soon.
SO WHAT IS LUPULIN POWDER & WHY IS IT SO DAMN TASTY?
We’re glad you asked! Lupulin Powder is a highly concentrated version of hops, rich in essential oils and bitterness with minimal vegetal matter. In other words, big clean hop flavour! Lupulin powder is made from the resin left on the hop screens during the pelletising process and is quite literally hop hash.
WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES IN THE BREWING WITH LUPULIN?
Lupulin powder is like …crystallised tree sap. Almost. It’s oily and sticky and is hydrophobic. So throwing it in the tank like pellets doesn’t work very well. Even putting it through a dry hopper (Dennis Hopper) can give pretty poor results. To get around this we first added a few hundred litres of hot water to the lupulin powder to help dissolve/disperse it, sparged out any residual oxygen with CO2 and then recirculated this through the tank as per normal. The pump also appears to help bust up the lupulin sacks which may otherwise stay in-tact and not fully release their goodness. We also used 20% pellet hops of the same varieties to get a bit more depth in hop character.