QuoteYou have to use it and see for yourself. I like it, my wife does not.+1
I think it is about personal smell/flavor. And I really do believe the ability to detect cattiness and dankness is genetic to some degree. For me, simcoe is all cat-pee and I will avoid using it. In fact, I know of award-winning commercial beers that generously use Simcoe and I nearly gag when smelling/tasting, while the person next to me is in hop euphoria. I am not arguing with those that love the aroma and flavor. I'm sure that's what they experience. So, long story short, use your own judgement. And there are a lot of commercial beers to help with Simcoe research
We all have different thresholds for 4MMP, which is the cat pee compound. Many women are sensitive to it. I generally get pine and citrus, but if it is really skanky, I see what the wife is objecting to. Full disclaimer, I clean the cat boxes in our house.
So where in the brewing process is the 4MMP most pronounced? Long boils? Whirlpooling?, Dry hop? Does hop terroir affect this? What is the flash point? I like this hop when the cat pee is VERY subdued, so there has to be a way around it.
I believe it is just a compound this hop has more of than others. The only thing I can think of that might eliminate it would be dry hopping since in won't be in the boil but maybe not. What do you think Jeff?