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Re: When you can't get proper german saaz
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2014, 06:02:20 PM »


Tettnanger has the same DNA as Saaz according to Stan Hieronymus. Differences in flavor and aroma are due to soil and climate.
Humans and bananas have 97% the same DNA and I would not substitute one for the other.

Quick google search says we share only 50% DNA with bananas. Don't mean to be difficult.

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Re: When you can't get proper german saaz
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2014, 07:41:25 PM »
I've heard of a theatrical production in Amsterdam where they substitute bananas for humans.

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Re: When you can't get proper german saaz
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2014, 04:01:06 AM »
+1 to Sterling. But not sure if there's an organic variety.

I can get sterling organically grown. Seems like that might be my best bet for now. So I guess it won't quite be a bo-pils. I have SEEN organic saaz it just doesn't seem to be available right now.
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Re: When you can't get proper german saaz
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2014, 04:02:48 AM »
I brewed a Bo-Pils with Motueka recently, and while it is a fantastic beer, it is far from a traditional Bo Pils. Motueka does have some Saaz character, but the lemongrass/lime zest character is quite distinct.

I'd go with Sterling. Ultra is another option if you have access to it. Sterling can get a fruity, lemonade character in larger amounts.
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Re: When you can't get proper german saaz
« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2014, 10:26:55 PM »
I would add my vote for Sterling as a substitute for Saaz.
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Re: When you can't get proper german saaz
« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2014, 11:01:29 PM »
Not sure if you find sub for Czech Saaz. It is quite distinct hop. US Saaz is closer to hellertau. Hellertau is too clean.

When you say too clean what do you mean? is it something I might be able to emulate with a slightly harsh/sharp bittering hop in very small quantities?

Really I will probably just brew it with sterling and hope for the best. but this is a fun exercise
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Re: When you can't get proper german saaz
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2014, 02:05:17 AM »

Not sure if you find sub for Czech Saaz. It is quite distinct hop. US Saaz is closer to hellertau. Hellertau is too clean.

When you say too clean what do you mean? is it something I might be able to emulate with a slightly harsh/sharp bittering hop in very small quantities?

Really I will probably just brew it with sterling and hope for the best. but this is a fun exercise
What I mean is that you will not get the characteristic aroma and spiciness with Hellertau.

If I want to use neutral and smooth hops I will use hellertau. I used it in Biere De Garde, oatmeal stout...


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