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Emptying the hop tray
« on: September 06, 2012, 08:37:08 AM »
I need some suggestions for an upcoming recipe.  I'm trying to use up some hops left over in the freezer from previous batches/what I have lying around.  The beer will be a 10gal batch of American Amber with a malt bill of 65% 2 row, 20% munich and some crystal 40/120, victory and a little wheat.
My hops available are:
3 oz Sorachi Ace (originally destined for Belgian IPA)
1 oz simcoe
2 oz cascade
1 oz Columbus
2 oz mt hood
2 oz willamette
.25 Oz centennial
.5 oz chinook
.5 oz magnum

My original plan was to use the Columbus for bittering, cascade additions at 15 and 5 min.  But I get a bit lost after that.  The simcoe would probably be good as a late addition.  The centennial will likely just get tossed in at the end.  I'm not sure where the mt hood and willamette (or the sorachi ace) could fit in.  Ive always used willamette and mt hood in my english ales and like them there but haven't used them in any hoppy american style ales. Chinook and magnum would be alternatives for bittering.  Shooting for about 35-45 IBU.  Yeast will be split between wyeast NW ale 1332 and San Diego super strain.  I'm all ears.

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Re: Emptying the hop tray
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2012, 10:15:19 AM »
My favorite late/dry hop combo right now is Columbus + citrus hop + noble-type hop (usually Columbus/Amarillo/Ultra). Here's what I'd do:

60 min - 20 IBU's bittering hops
15 min - 15 IBU's Simcoe
0 min - The rest of the Simcoe, 1oz Cascade, 1oz Mt Hood

Dry Hop - All your remaining Columbus, Cascade, Centennial and Mt Hood
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Re: Emptying the hop tray
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2012, 11:01:28 AM »
So this looks messy but maybe something like this?

60min- 0.8oz Columbus + 0.2oz magnum (~25 IBU)
15min- 1oz cascade + 0.5 oz simcoe (~10 IBU)
0min- 1oz cascade + 0.5 oz simcoe + 1 oz mt hood
Dry Hop: 1oz cascade + .25 oz centennial + 0.2 oz Columbus + 1oz mt hood

Total ~ 35 IBU

The amounts seems strange but this is a "use up the spare hops" kinda recipe.

I could always up the magnum to leave more Columbus for a dry hop.

It'll be interesting to see the mix of the mt hood with the others for aroma.  Let me know what you think.

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Re: Emptying the hop tray
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2012, 11:08:44 AM »
If you want to dry hop with the Columbus, you could use the Chinook + Magnum for bittering. I find Chinook and Columbus to have very similar qualities when used as a bittering hop.
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