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Hop Quality

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Matt Wassum - Newtown, Pennsylvania asks,
Q

I bought a Blichmann HopRocketTM after visiting a local brewery and being floored by the tremendous hop flavor. They used Azacca® hops in an IPA. I used my HopRocketTM on a Blind Pig clone with my homegrown Centennial hops. To my surprise I got no hop flavor at all. It tasted like tea. So I next tried it with Azacca® hops on a Kitchen Sink IPA. More tea. What gives?

A
The HopRocketTM is an in-line hopping device intended for use with whole cone hops. These types of brewing tools can be used between the kettle and wort cooler for aroma additions, similar
Response by Ashton Lewis.