EXP 7270 Single Hop Beer

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Next up in the single hop series is another Hop Steiner EXP cultivar, creatively named 7270. Slightly different recipe than the last iteration with Azacca, but same hop flavor exploration.

Appearance: hazy, bright orange hue spot on for an American pale ale.

Aroma: ripe pear, and honeydew dominate then some mango, kiwi, papaya, sweet tropical fruit, peach and slight orange citrus. Very nice. Has a distinct “sweet” smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: taste is slightly less nuanced, but very nice. Tropical fruit, a touch of berry and very little citrus.  A bit aggressive, but I think that may be from my exclusive use of hop extract for bittering all my recent batches. The extract lends a much smoother bitterness at the same IBU levels than pellet hops. Light, airy mouthfeel I’ve been getting from high carbonate+WY1318 combo is just juicy and scrumptious. Yeah, scrumptious.

Overall impression: I am very impressed with this hop. Although I feel the addition of a citrus-based hop like cascade (same with Azacca) would round out this pale ale, I have no problem drinking a few pints of this.

I think my whirlpool technique and careful attention to oxygen pickup post-fermentation has allowed these experiments to pull out the best flavors from these experimental hops. As it seems like there is no short supply of new varieties popping up, I’ll keep testing them out. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

EXP 7270 Pale Ale
Size: 6.02 gal @ 68 °F
Efficiency: 80.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
 
Original Gravity: 1.054 (1.045 – 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.014 (1.010 – 1.015)
Color: 6.73 (5.0 – 14.0)
Alcohol: 5.33% (4.5% – 6.0%)
Bitterness: 35.3 (30.0 – 45.0)
 
Ingredients:
8.5 lb (73.9%) Standard 2-Row – added during mash
1.5 lb (13.0%) Vienna Malt – added during mash
1 lb (8.7%) Caramel Malt 20L – added during mash
.5 lb (4.3%) Oats (Pregelatinized Flakes) – added during mash
8 g (7.5%) EXP 7270 (17.8%) – added during boil, boiled 90 m
14 g (13.1%) EXP 7270 (17.8%) – added during boil, boiled 30 m
.5 tsp Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 15 m
.5 tsp Wyeast Nutrient – added during boil, boiled 15 m
28 g (26.2%) EXP 7270 (17.8%) – added during boil
57 g (53.3%) EXP 7270 (17.8%) – added dry to primary fermenter
2 L WYeast 1318 London Ale III™
 
Notes
2.6g gypsum, 3.6g epsom, .9g bk soda, 5.2g CaCl, 2.2g Chalk (modified pale ale profile for “amber balanced” w/ 350 hardness)
Mash in at 158F, dropped to 154F over 60 mins
Mash pH 5.79 @ room temp, tap water 6.19 @ room temp
Added 1.5 caps lactic acid to get pH to 5.55
 
pre boil=1.046
post boil=1.053
2L yeast starter 1318 (1st gen)
30 secs O2 pitched yeast
5.27 pH in fermentor
 
Dry hopped for two days, cold crashed for 12 hours, then kegged.
Tasting notes: 06/29/14 Sweet hop aroma, pineapple, pear, tropical fruit, honeydew, kiwi, slight pine needle in taste only
 
Bru’n Water Rec for “pale ale” profile (not used): 11.2g gypsum, 5.2g Epsom Salt, .8g Bk Soda, 3.2g CaCl, .8 Chalk,
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6 thoughts on “EXP 7270 Single Hop Beer

  1. Kris says:

    This looks pretty interesting (and pretty tasty too!!). Do you mind sharing the complete water profile you ended up using for this?

    • kylers says:

      Ca 113, Mg 13, Na 17, Sulfate 91, Cl 80, Bicarbonate 193, Total hardness 338, Alkalinity 160, RA 71. Hope that helps!

      • losabos says:

        Thanks a lot! 🙂 I will be trying out something like this on my next brew!

      • jlinktothepast says:

        I just brewed a hoppy pale ale ala Hop Hands and I’m using 1318 for the first time. Glad to see the water profile I targeted is pretty similar to yours. The only real difference is that my Bicarbonate is 90, Alkalinity is 75, and RA is -10, but hopefully that shouldn’t make much a difference in the final product.

      • kylers says:

        Nice! Let me know how it turns out. I’m constantly tweaking things so I don’t know if my target profile is actually the one I’m going to “keep”

  2. losabos says:

    This looks pretty interesting (and pretty tasty too!!). Do you mind sharing the complete water profile your ended up using?

    Cheers!

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