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Northern Brewer for porter
« on: December 09, 2015, 12:44:06 PM »
As I was sipping an eisbocked pippali pepper/pear mead the other day, a couple of million synapses in my brain got accidentally rewired, and I ordered Northern Brewer hops instead of the E.K. Goldings I need for an English porter. The recipe has Fuggles as bittering hops and Goldings @ 10 minutes. How should I change the recipe to use the NB?

Also I read that NB has a "minty" flavor, so it "goes well" with chocolate. Well, sorry, I'm Belgian, and in Belgian mint and chocolate do not go well. What should I do now? Hasty visit to my therapist to have the daily dose lowered? Order the Goldings anyway and pay 10 euros for the transportation cost? Look for another hobby? Brew a Gose instead?
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2015, 12:51:58 PM »
Just bitter with the NB in place of the Fuggles. The 'mint' character is pretty overstated IMO and wouldn't show up anyway in a dark roasty beer. And you're using it only as a bittering hop - any subtle flavor or aroma character will boil off and be dominated by dark roast. No worries.
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2015, 12:52:56 PM »
You could get all your ibu from the bittering hops, especially if its a toasty porter and just omit the late addition. I don't think porters and stouts necessarily need flavor or aroma from hops and IMO it can either interfere or get lost.
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2015, 12:54:23 PM »
Was typing while Jon was posting.I think we're saying the same thing.
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2015, 12:58:26 PM »
Crack them open and give them a sniff. You might find they are about as minty as bret is horse blankety

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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2015, 02:20:54 PM »
I only rarely note 'minty' with NB hops. My predominant perception is 'woody'. That pairs very well with browns and porters in my experience.
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2015, 03:29:30 PM »
I only rarely note 'minty' with NB hops. My predominant perception is 'woody'. That pairs very well with browns and porters in my experience.
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2015, 10:54:08 PM »
Well, sorry, I'm Belgian, and in Belgian mint and chocolate do not go well.

What is wrong with you.  ???
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2015, 11:26:53 PM »

Well, sorry, I'm Belgian, and in Belgian mint and chocolate do not go well.

What is wrong with you.  ???
Seriously! We need to send this guy some Andes and junior mints.

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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2015, 11:32:33 PM »
Well, sorry, I'm Belgian, and in Belgian mint and chocolate do not go well.

What is wrong with you.  ???

I'm just a twerp who thinks that bad mint and bad chocolate are a match made in hell.
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2015, 11:36:22 PM »

Well, sorry, I'm Belgian, and in Belgian mint and chocolate do not go well.

What is wrong with you.  ???
Seriously! We need to send this guy some Andes and junior mints.

No, don't do it! Send him some After Eight dinner mints.
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2015, 07:10:42 AM »
And then what? Soak them in dark beer before I eat them?
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2015, 06:17:57 PM »
Well, sorry, I'm Belgian, and in Belgian mint and chocolate do not go well.

What is wrong with you.  ???

I'm just a twerp who thinks that bad mint and bad chocolate are a match made in hell.
Well, when your country is famous for crap like Godiva and Guy Lian, it's not a surprise that you have no taste for chocolate  :P

Northern Brewer does not taste like mint. It has an herbaceous quality that some may describe as minty for lack of a better term, but it's not like spearmint or peppermint. It's closer to horehound candy or a Ricola lozenge in my opinion. It should be just fine in a porter. Personally, I'd bitter with the NB and move the Fuggles to your late addition. The Fuggles have more of an "English" late hop character.
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2015, 11:43:21 PM »
IM-humble-O, Northern Brewer is totally appropriate for a variety of English styles. I may be off, but I thought that it was a somewhat forgotten English hop that survives in Germany and the U.S. that is mainly kept alive here by Anchor Brewing Co. in San Francisco, in their Anchor Steam Beer.
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Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2015, 11:52:38 PM »
Well, when your country is famous for crap like Godiva and Guy Lian, it's not a surprise that you have no taste for chocolate  :P

Hahaha, there's method in this madness, I don't really care for either one of them.
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