« on: January 01, 2013, 07:07:36 AM »
I have brewed with both 7C's and FF, and I found the 7C's to have more grapefruit character than FF. If you blend to make FF, then I would make Simcoe a supporting hop, not the dominant.
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one of the cool things about big beers like this is how much amazing complexity you can get just from process.
this link is to a really well regarded wee heavy recipe that a regular here on the forum created. You will notice that there is exactly 2 malts and one of them is only 1% of the recipe. His trick of boiling down some of the first runings to create caramel, coffee character is quite good and I have used it to good effect.
anyway here is the link
EDIT: to add that one of the most important aspects of any scottish style, in my mind, is the yeast. the edinborough ale yeast gives a slight smokey earthy peaty thing that really makes a scottish ale. Some folks put a pinch of smoked malt in scottish ales for this reason but you don't really need it with that yeast. I suspect this will not be particularly useful for you in brasil but if you have a friend coming to visit from the states try to get them to bring a tube of yeast with them. You'd have to step it up ALOT after that trip but if you really like scottish ales...
Back to FWH.
I have to say that earlier hops additions gives me harsher and lingering bitterness.
Not sure why FWH would not do the same.
This is my experience.
Kind of learned it hard way with 350 gallons of beer.
I also believe the source of the malt makes a big difference. I have made many pils only beers using different cultivars and maltsters, and they all taste different. They all have that signature Pils sweetness, but side by side you can definitely tell they are not the same malt. Some continental pils have too much sweetness and throw off the malt profile, for me; the resulting beers are a little less authentically German. They come out more like French Pilsners, with almost a grape-like pils sweetness.
Can you go into this a bit more? I mean, can you name some names? I'm interested to hear the results.