Creating the 2021 Pink Boots Blend
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Cat Wiest
Creating the 2021 Pink Boots Blend
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What is the 2021 Selection Process?
Usually the hop rub takes place during a Pink Boots Society meeting at GABF. But not this year. We still wanted to include member feedback and input for the hop blend creation even though we could not physically be together for the hop rub event. Looking on the bright side, not everyone can fly to Denver for GABF and participate in the hop rub. This year all members may follow along with the process and participate in the discussion via YouTube live stream on October 7 @ 4:00pm PST!
Here’s s quick overview of the process:
10 hops were chosen based on a survey asking our members what traits and varieties were of most interest. Those 10 hops were Ahtanum®, Azacca®, Cashmere, Citra®, Crystal, Ekuanot®, Idaho 7®, Loral®, Mosaic®, and Sabro®.
There are 15 voting teams. 10 Chapters were identified based on their participating and fundraising efforts for 2020 Collaboration Brew day. Austin, Australia, Boston, Connecticut, Florida, Marin, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and Toronto. 5 lucky lottery winners won a casting vote: Rachael Engel, Savannah Hayes Orr, Caitlin Lawler, Ashley Kinart-Short, Kimberly Elson. Each team is allowed one vote even though one team may have several participants.

Two identical sets of hops were shipped to our 15 voting teams. They worked either in a group or individually and created their own ideal blend selections using the first set. They were to experience and evaluate each hop while keeping notes of their favorites and which complement each other. Their team then narrowed down and submitted one recommended hop blend recipe to Yakima Chief Hops by providing a percentage breakdown of 4-6 different varieties which they believe will yield a consistent and delicious final product!

Yakima Chief Hops’ sensory team collected the feedback and recorded the 15 recipes. YCH honed in on the most desired varieties and blends when evaluating each voting team’s feedback and ideal blend. They considered a wide variety of components to create the top 3 blends, including the most popular varieties, combinations and percentages. This created the most efficient process, and ensures a truly collaborative blend that considered all components of a recipe.

The teams then used their second set of hops to (re)create Blend A, Blend B and Blend C to cast their final vote. Are you excited yet?!!!

On October 7 at 4:00pm PST, we will go live as the 15 teams and Yakima Chief Hops dive into the blend recipe creation and listen as our voting teams share their feedback about their selections. Please join us!

Sue Rigler is the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day Coordinator and the Arizona Chapter Co-Leader



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