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brewsumore:
I was gifted with more than 6 lbs (yes, pounds) of bine (vine) ripened just-picked whole flower summit hops last season.  I gave most of them away but vacuum-sealed around one pound and put them in my freezer.

I have heard that they are an aroma hop, that they can contribute an orange-y flavor, but sometimes suffer from an onion-y flavor contribution.

Can anyone recommend a good use for Summit hops, and maybe some Best Management Practices for getting the good without the bad from them?

Thanks!

hopfenundmalz:
If you use them for a bittering hop (it is a high AA variety) you will boil off the sulfur compound that causes the onion/garlic that those are known for. You will not get the orange/tangerine that you want.

The sulfur compound becomes higher if the hops are ripened longer. This is done to get higher AA, which increases with ripening also. The use of sulfur based fungicides will cause the onion and garlic to go up also.

You might try and do a small 1 gallon test batch with Summit all the way, and see if you like it or not.

Hope this helps.

erockrph:
In my experience with a single-hopped Summit APA, the tangerine came across strongly in the aroma with little onion to speak of. The onion/garlic was very potent in the flavor, however, and hasn't aged out to any great extent. That has me thinking that you may be able to get away with dry-hopping with Summit and avoid a lot of the garlic. But I'm not confident enough to risk a batch of beer without further testing. I'll probably do some test batches looking for ways to minimize the onion character at some point, since the tangerine aroma is really worth it if you can isolate that.

Here's a link to the thread with my tasting notes on that brew:
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=13485.0

reverseapachemaster:
If you're growing them yourself, it seems like you could pick them very young to get the citrus character without a lot of onion and use those to dry hop and/or late boil/post boil additions.

brewsumore:

--- Quote from: reverseapachemaster on January 19, 2013, 09:27:27 AM ---If you're growing them yourself, it seems like you could pick them very young to get the citrus character without a lot of onion and use those to dry hop and/or late boil/post boil additions.

--- End quote ---

Actually they were given to me by a hop farm worker at the end of the season, although I learned not to go asking around for hops like that since I could unintentionally put workers at risk of losing their job.  He filled a box that was a case for multi-rolls of toilet paper full with hops!  I meant to buy them, but they just gave them to me.

Per what hopfenundmalz wrote, it appears possible it was no coincidence that these were the last hops left on the bine. 

Thanks everyone for your responses.  I may indeed try a single hop APA, with bittering charge and hop stand additions only, and maybe dry hops too.

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