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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2013, 11:55:19 AM »
Citra can be a little "cat boxy" for me. But I think it's all about how it's handled or teamed up with or aged.

When I first tried simcoe I though "nasty" ! Then a couple weeks later it turned grapefruit and was super

I can do citra in moderate doses but not all citra.
Same here.  I think it works blended with 3 or 4 other hops but I can't take too much of it.
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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2013, 01:21:05 PM »
I can do citra in moderate doses but not all citra.
Same here.  I think it works blended with 3 or 4 other hops but I can't take too much of it.

Hard to do Citra in moderate doses since it's so potent. I like it, but it's too monotone for me to want to use it as the main hop in an IPA. Pairs nice with so many hops that I'll always keep it in my toolkit, though.
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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2013, 01:43:35 PM »
My favorite place to buy hops is: http://www.yakimavalleyhops.com/default.asp

Great prices, great service.  If I absolutely had to be limited to one hop it would be Citra.

And sadly I could not drink your IPA. :(

Thankfully, we all have different palates.  Though I have never tried an all-Citra IPA, since Citra is to expensive to 'waste' on just bittering.  Alpha Acids are Alpha Acids for the most part (Oh I know the whole low- cohumulone stuff, etc. - I don't want to start a whole NEW back-and-forth).

However, I have never encountered the 'cat box' thing I regularly hear about.  I'll attribute it to my awesome brewing skills.  ;)   

I love the fruitiness of Citra both in the aroma and flavor.  I have yet to taste or brew an IPA with too much Citra.  The last Citra-focused IPA I brewed had 1/2 pound of Citra in a 5 gallon batch.
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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2013, 01:53:45 PM »
The best place I've found is Hop Heaven from Ted Hausotter. Ted is very knowledgeable about what he sells and more importantly very nice and accommodating.

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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2013, 01:56:17 PM »
I have done an all citra pale ale which is why I'm saying. Too much mango flavor to me. Not catty, but artificial tasting. Others who had it enjoyed it, though. But I still stand byy assertion that it is not a good single hop beer choice.
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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2013, 02:55:48 PM »
The best place I've found is Hop Heaven from Ted Hausotter. Ted is very knowledgeable about what he sells and more importantly very nice and accommodating.

THIS^^^  I've known Ted for years and started buying from him a few years ago.  Without a doubt, the best quality hops I've ever gotten.
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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2013, 03:01:25 PM »
The best place I've found is Hop Heaven from Ted Hausotter. Ted is very knowledgeable about what he sells and more importantly very nice and accommodating.

+1 - Forgot about Ted in my initial post. Great prices, service and selection. He gets some stuff you won't find elsewhere, too.
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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2013, 03:13:04 PM »
The best place I've found is Hop Heaven from Ted Hausotter. Ted is very knowledgeable about what he sells and more importantly very nice and accommodating.

+1 - Forgot about Ted in my initial post. Great prices, service and selection. He gets some stuff you won't find elsewhere, too.

I miss his sales each year - when are they happening this year?
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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2013, 04:48:17 PM »
Hmm how about using chinook and cascade, looking to build my own recipe

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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2013, 05:19:49 PM »
The best place I've found is Hop Heaven from Ted Hausotter. Ted is very knowledgeable about what he sells and more importantly very nice and accommodating.

+1 - Forgot about Ted in my initial post. Great prices, service and selection. He gets some stuff you won't find elsewhere, too.

I miss his sales each year - when are they happening this year?

I preordered months ago. I think he's starting to ship some varieties now. You could shoot him an email to see what he's got left.
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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2013, 05:27:33 PM »
Hmm how about using chinook and cascade, looking to build my own recipe
It works well.  I would bitter with the Chinook at 60 min, then blend the two hops for finishing. But the Chinook could overpower Cascade at 1:1, so I would blend it 2 parts Cascade : 1 part Chinook (or maybe 3:2 anyway). Or throw in some Centennial or Amarillo along with those for some more complexity. It'll make a nice IPA.
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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2013, 05:36:24 PM »
thanks!!!

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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #27 on: November 03, 2013, 05:58:14 PM »
looks like i'm going to use chinook, cascade, and centennial. you think 4oz of each hop is enough for a ten gallon batch?

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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #28 on: November 03, 2013, 06:02:36 PM »
http://fourstarfarms.com/hops/  locally grown whole leaf hops here in MA.  The staff is very accommodating as well:)
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Re: looking for a good deal on bulk hops
« Reply #29 on: November 03, 2013, 06:09:42 PM »
looks like i'm going to use chinook, cascade, and centennial. you think 4oz of each hop is enough for a ten gallon batch?
I say use it as a starting point. Maybe  2 oz Chinook for bittering , finish with the blend of the rest. Personal tastes in hops vary widely - I use quite a bit. So use this amount, take good notes,  and you'll know how much to adjust next time.  Let us know how it comes out !
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