[quote=“Steeler D”][quote=“Pietro”]Hop extracts are used by commercial breweries to minimize the amount of vegetal matter that will be present throughout the boil in extremely hoppy beers. We’re talking pounds and pounds of hops.
Neither Heady or Pliny have heavy bittering hop additions. The magic in those beers comes from the late additions. For a 5G batch, you are probably talking about an ounce or so of bittering, so I don’t know if this is really a concern on the homebrew scale, but as Friar Tuck says, who are we to argue? :mrgreen: [/quote]
Yes, I understand the benefit of cutting down on hop matter for commercial brewers. But I’m just wondering why the need to use so much extract for bittering. Obviously they know what they are doing. And I’m sure they have an eye on production cost too. So I would guess that if they could get by with say, half that amount of bittering from extract, they would. Just seems like overkill though, considering all the late hop bittering contribution. They are basically saturating the wort with maximal alpha acid soulubility just with the extract.[/quote]
I’m not convinced the recipe kit being sold on NB is 100% accurate to the way its made at Russian River. Are you asking why Russian River uses it or why NB put so much in their kit/recipe?