Justin Burdt loves hops, and he’s developed a unique and somewhat counter-intuitive approach to selecting them for Ghost Town’s award-winning West Coast IPAs. His focus on tight and lean intensity relies on boosting expression by embracing some hop aroma notes that give other brewers fits, but it’s the push-and-pull that gives the IPAs such compelling dynamic range.
In this episode, Burdt dives deep into hops for the first hour of the podcast before walking us through the rest of their IPA brewing process, and he finishes on the subject of West Coast pils. Along the way, he discusses:
- what makes for “good” hops
- searching for the stinging physical sensation in intense hops
- how Citra with “cat pee” notes can make better IPAs
- focusing on hop-oil quality over quantity
- using certain hops in more concentrated forms, such as Cryo
- the unique characteristics of HBC 586
- choosing lager or ale yeast for fermentation based on a beer’s hop profile
- brewing specific competition batches to increase win percentage
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