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Re: My Columbus hops smell like an electrical fire!
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2013, 11:27:21 AM »
Environmental residue or something perhaps?  Any industrial type plants in the neighborhood belching out exhaust that might be settling on the plants?  Live next to a busy highway/interstate?  Metal recycler in the area?

Pure SWAG, just trying to think of possibilities.

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Re: My Columbus hops smell like an electrical fire!
« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2013, 10:59:50 AM »
I checked my Goldings.  They do not smell of electrical fires.  I just noticed while bagging some of my Cascades that there was a faint electrical fire smell that I hadn't noticed in my earlier Cascade.  I made an IPA with my earlier-picked Cascade and it tastes great but not as intense as desired.

So I think that the electrical fire does not come from pollution, but may be due to terroir, farming skill (or lack thereof) and C hops.  Possibly late picking of hops intensifies the electrical fire taste but I wasn't looking for the electrical fire earlier in my Cascades.  I haven't ruled out the possibility that I am perceiving C hops in a way that is somewhat unique; I'll have to dry hop one gallon of beer and try it on other homebrewers.
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