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Offline 802Chris

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Help me buy my hops for the year
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:38:51 AM »
So I typically buy my hops in bulk (by the pound). I am looking to place an order  for 3-5 pounds, which based on experience will  get me through most of the year assuming I jump on a pound here or there when deals come up. This year I am planning on focusing on English beers, lagers, and IPA's with the occasional stout and Belgian thrown in. If you could only buy 3-5 varieties of hops (price IS a MAJOR factor), knowing you would brew these styles, what would you buy.
Footnote - I have a pound of cascade on hand, and don't particularly care for or use it often, mostly just to compliment base hops in an IPA...

So far I am leaning towards

Golding variety
Saazer/ spicy noble
Fruity IPA hop (Simcoe and Amarillo have done me well in the past)
Bittering Hop (Nugget or Magnum)

Any thoughts?

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Re: Help me buy my hops for the year
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 11:50:11 AM »
If you were to buy Chinook for bittering you could also use it for finishing and get double duty for your money
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Re: Help me buy my hops for the year
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 02:05:16 PM »
EKG for your Goldings
Sterling as your spicy Noble that can also be used late in a APA or similar
Citra or Galaxy for fruit
Columbus for sharp bittering, Magnum for smooth, or just skip the bittering and add a second flavor variety like Simcoe, Mosaic, Nelson, etc. That one's matter of your personal preference. Sterling can double as a smooth bittering hop, as can EKG.


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Re: Help me buy my hops for the year
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2017, 03:50:05 AM »
Thanks for the tips, I hadn't thought of chinook, you like the flavor it gives late? It sounds like it is more of a west coast IPA type, which could be good for me after a year of NEIPA's....

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Re: Help me buy my hops for the year
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 06:14:42 AM »
How would Chinook taste in a NEIPA?

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Re: Help me buy my hops for the year
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2017, 07:10:49 AM »
How would Chinook taste in a NEIPA?
The ones grown in MI would be fine. They have a citrus/tropical flavor, maybe a little pine.
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Re: Help me buy my hops for the year
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2017, 05:15:47 AM »
I just bought 5 lbs. of Chinook ( 12.3% AA ) here in Canada for $59.00. Yes, lots of grapefruit and some pine. Great for dry hopping.

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Re: Help me buy my hops for the year
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2017, 05:52:32 AM »
Go have an Arrogant Bastard...uses Chinnok throughout.


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