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Offline sparkleberry

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simcoe bittering
« on: October 07, 2012, 07:48:16 PM »
so i'm brewing an imperial brown ale tomorrow and am bittering with simcoe.

anyone bitter a brown ale or anything not an ipa with simcoe? likes/dislikes?

i should say i am not trying to make this a hopped up brown.

i just still have a bunch of simcoe on hand and wanted to take a break from refining my regular plae ale and ipa. figured why the hell not?

thanks. cheers.

ryan
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Re: simcoe bittering
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012, 08:06:31 PM »
I have not used simcoe for bittering at all, I only use it as a flavor/aroma hop.

However, I really like magnum for my "single hop charge" beers. I find it has a more rounded bitterness that isn't quite so in your face. If I remember right, simcoe has a bit harsher bitterness.
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Re: simcoe bittering
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2012, 08:12:12 PM »
Why would you waste Simcoe as a bittering charge with all of those wonderful flavors and aromas it provides.  That hop is too precious and hard to get to waste it as a bittering charge!  You are going to boil most of those aromatics off, anyways.  Substitute it for another high alpha hop like Magnum, Chinook, CTZ, Summit, or Apollo.  Save the Simcoe for late in the boil.  That's my $0.02.

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Re: simcoe bittering
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2012, 08:18:51 PM »
high alpha, low co-humulone.

also i still have nearly a pound and a half left from last year's harvest.

it's just a hop variety i have on hand and figured i'd try something different.
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Re: simcoe bittering
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2012, 08:43:12 PM »
high alpha, low co-humulone.

I know, that is why I suggested the hops I did.  Warrior and Horizon would be acceptable as well.

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Re: simcoe bittering
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2012, 08:45:53 PM »
Why would you waste Simcoe as a bittering charge with all of those wonderful flavors and aromas it provides.  That hop is too precious and hard to get to waste it as a bittering charge!  You are going to boil most of those aromatics off, anyways.  Substitute it for another high alpha hop like Magnum, Chinook, CTZ, Summit, or Apollo.  Save the Simcoe for late in the boil.  That's my $0.02.

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Re: simcoe bittering
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2012, 09:05:36 PM »
I've got no warrior or horizion.

using up what i have on hand as i can.

i know i will be buying less hops this year!
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Re: simcoe bittering
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2012, 09:57:02 PM »
Go for it. If that's what you've got on hand, there's no sense in not using it. Columbus is one of my absolute favorite aroma hops, but I still bitter with it all the time. There are so many awesome aroma hops out there, that if you can't get Simcoe at some point, it's just an excuse to experiment with something new.
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Re: simcoe bittering
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2012, 09:04:47 PM »
Go for it. If that's what you've got on hand, there's no sense in not using it. Columbus is one of my absolute favorite aroma hops, but I still bitter with it all the time. There are so many awesome aroma hops out there, that if you can't get Simcoe at some point, it's just an excuse to experiment with something new.

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