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Equinox Hops
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:54:12 PM »
I brewed a small batch APA recently to check out this new hop and I thought I'd pass on the final results. Equinox (HBC366) is the new release from the Hop Breeding Co.- the guys that produced Simcoe, Citra, And Mosaic, so they've been on a pretty hot streak in recent years. And this is another good one. Sierra (among others) is a big fan and used it in one of their single hop IPAs last year. 
   Equinox goes around 14-15% AA, and also has a very high oil content (2.9) -  it screams out IPA and dry hopping . In comparison, Citra is often listed at ~ 2 or or a little over. This is a complex hop - I get citrus, mango, earthiness, a touch of pine, and an overall resiny character (in a good way)from the high oil content. With its intensity it could drown out less intense hops easily unless you backed off on the Equinox. Except for trying out new hops, I rarely make single hop beers because I like to blend different hops for complexity. Thing is, this hop (sort of like Mosaic) has a lot going on and tastes like a blend of hops on its own. I get a little bit of Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe together with a unique earthy/spicy character. Just bought a lb.
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2015, 05:02:12 PM »
Sounds like one I'd like.
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2015, 05:03:50 PM »
Really liked the Equinox beer SN poured at the Chicago event last summer.
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2015, 05:06:12 PM »
I bought a pound too based on your suggestion a couple of weeks ago. I can't wait to use it. Do you think it should be used as a single hop, or what other hops would you recommend using it with?
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2015, 05:06:33 PM »
I tried it at CBC and really liked it. Thought about getting a contract for it but wasn't sure how much I'd use it.

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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2015, 05:10:46 PM »
I bought a pound too based on your suggestion a couple of weeks ago. I can't wait to use it. Do you think it should be used as a single hop, or what other hops would you recommend using it with?

You could always use Amarillo or a C hop of course in larger ratio, but maybe something like Galaxy to boost tropical fruitiness, too. Honestly, I think it's one to try on its own first - I don't normally say that. It's pretty interesting.

EDIT -  I haven't bittered with it yet, so I can't say how it does for bittering (though it's obviously high AA). I bittered the APA with Warrior and added Equinox in a hop stand and also dry hopped with it.
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2015, 05:11:19 PM »
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2015, 05:55:35 PM »
Just last night I tried an American Amber Ale brewed by Haas Experimental which was single hopped with Equinox.  It was quite good.  I was in a large group with a lot going on so I didn't really focus on the beer too much, but I enjoyed the hop flavor a lot.
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2015, 07:04:30 PM »
Just last night I tried an American Amber Ale brewed by Haas Experimental which was single hopped with Equinox.  It was quite good.  I was in a large group with a lot going on so I didn't really focus on the beer too much, but I enjoyed the hop flavor a lot.

This might be the ticket here just to do something different since I have an APA on tap, IIPA fermenting, and a session IPA in the hole to prep yeast for an ABW.
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2015, 07:06:44 PM »
Just last night I tried an American Amber Ale brewed by Haas Experimental which was single hopped with Equinox.  It was quite good.  I was in a large group with a lot going on so I didn't really focus on the beer too much, but I enjoyed the hop flavor a lot.

This might be the ticket here just to do something different since I have an APA on tap, IIPA fermenting, and a session IPA in the hole to prep yeast for an ABW.

Yeah, that sounds good.
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2015, 12:50:25 AM »
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2015, 05:09:02 AM »
Thanks for sharing your results. This has been on my wish list for a while. Sounds like I might have to bump it up a bit higher on the list.
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2015, 05:14:02 AM »
Thanks for sharing your results. This has been on my wish list for a while. Sounds like I might have to bump it up a bit higher on the list.

Quite a few on my list, too. No shortage of new ones right now, either.
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2015, 12:02:39 AM »
I brewed a small batch APA recently to check out this new hop and I thought I'd pass on the final results. Equinox (HBC366) is the new release from the Hop Breeding Co.- the guys that produced Simcoe, Citra, And Mosaic, so they've been on a pretty hot streak in recent years. And this is another good one. Sierra (among others) is a big fan and used it in one of their single hop IPAs last year. 
   Equinox goes around 14-15% AA, and also has a very high oil content (2.9) -  it screams out IPA and dry hopping . In comparison, Citra is often listed at ~ 2 or or a little over. This is a complex hop - I get citrus, mango, earthiness, a touch of pine, and an overall resiny character (in a good way)from the high oil content. With its intensity it could drown out less intense hops easily unless you backed off on the Equinox. Except for trying out new hops, I rarely make single hop beers because I like to blend different hops for complexity. Thing is, this hop (sort of like Mosaic) has a lot going on and tastes like a blend of hops on its own. I get a little bit of Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe together with a unique earthy/spicy character. Just bought a lb.

Lagunitas did their "born yesterday" w/ equinox and it was fantastic.... It will be on the "it list" in no time
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Re: Equinox Hops
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2015, 12:59:12 AM »
I brewed a small batch APA recently to check out this new hop and I thought I'd pass on the final results. Equinox (HBC366) is the new release from the Hop Breeding Co.- the guys that produced Simcoe, Citra, And Mosaic, so they've been on a pretty hot streak in recent years. And this is another good one. Sierra (among others) is a big fan and used it in one of their single hop IPAs last year. 
   Equinox goes around 14-15% AA, and also has a very high oil content (2.9) -  it screams out IPA and dry hopping . In comparison, Citra is often listed at ~ 2 or or a little over. This is a complex hop - I get citrus, mango, earthiness, a touch of pine, and an overall resiny character (in a good way)from the high oil content. With its intensity it could drown out less intense hops easily unless you backed off on the Equinox. Except for trying out new hops, I rarely make single hop beers because I like to blend different hops for complexity. Thing is, this hop (sort of like Mosaic) has a lot going on and tastes like a blend of hops on its own. I get a little bit of Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe together with a unique earthy/spicy character. Just bought a lb.

Lagunitas did their "born yesterday" w/ equinox and it was fantastic.... It will be on the "it list" in no time

Yeah, I think it's the new 'it' hop for IPAs definitely.  HBC are on their game. Great hop.
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