Bob Stempski was looking for a way to enhance his failed homebrew. What if the hop utilization wasn’t great? What if he wanted variations of a base recipe? What if he was just sick of mixing plain old vodka with his beer (and aren’t we all)?
Actually, I have no idea what Bob Stempski was thinking when he decided to make hop-infused vodka, but it was actually pretty smart. He’s posted the entire recipe online, complete with great photos.
Hop Vodka Recipe
1.5 oz bag of pellet hops (bittering are best)
2 cups cheap vodka
2 cups water
1 French press
1 Bottle for storage
1 Measuring cup
- Mix the pellet hops with the vodka in the french press. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Don’t press the french press yet.
- After the hops have steeped, plunge the french press to extract the oils. Pour the vodka and hop mixture into a bottle.
- Lift the plunger and fill the french press with water. Stir the hops and water, wait 15-20 minutes, plunge again, and pour water into bottle.
- Save the hops by placing them in a bag and freezing them. You can re-use them as part of a future brew, but they will be much less efficient.
- Refrigerate the hop/vodka/water mixture for 5-7 days without disturbing it, allowing the mixture to separate.
- Gently — very gently, without jostling the bottle — put the bottle in the freezer. Freeze the mixture for 24-48 hours.
- After the mixture is frozen, turn the bottle upside down on top of another container. The hop-infused vodka won’t freeze, so take the first 40% of the bottle and use it as hop vodka.
- Take the hop infused water and toss it, or throw it in a batch of homebrew at some point in the process.