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Offline yso191

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Muddled hop bitterness
« on: April 05, 2013, 12:12:50 pm »
So I've tried a couple of commercial IPAs recently that has me asking a question.  Some IPAs have a very focused or narrow or clear sort of bitterness.  Others are broad, muddled, imprecise.

What is this a function of?  Hop variety?  Too many hop varieties in one beer?  Yeast?  fermentation?
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Re: Muddled hop bitterness
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2013, 12:22:44 pm »
I'd guess hop choice and water profile.
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Re: Muddled hop bitterness
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2013, 12:24:42 pm »
I like to bitter an IPA with Chinook or Warrior, depending on mood.  Chinook has a very coarse, rough, more assertive bitterness than, say, Warrior, which in otherwise the same recipe, would give you a very clean, smoother bitterness. Also, the amount of gypsum you add definitely brings bitterness, as well as hop flavor, more to the forefront.
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Re: Muddled hop bitterness
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2013, 01:32:13 pm »
can also be attenuation - a drier beer can sometimes give the perception of more 'hop bite', all other things equal.
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