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Offline roguejim

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Domestic Challenger...English Bittering Hops...
« on: August 29, 2010, 01:31:56 PM »
I'm getting back into the English ale kick, and see that there is a domestic Challenger hop available through Hops Direct.  How close to the English hop is it? 

How critical to an English pale is the bittering hop?  If I used Magnum in place of either Challenger or Target, would it be obvious in the glass, provided I stuck to either EKGs or Fuggles as the flavor/aroma addition?

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Re: Domestic Challenger...English Bittering Hops...
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2010, 02:13:25 PM »
I my experience for bittering, you are better off using northern brewer (or Northdown) than magnum.  If NB, target, and challenger are not available, I recently used Perle in a porter and it was great.  Otherwise, just use EKG for bittering.  The flavor profile from magnum is not bad, it's just so different that it's disappointing.
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Re: Domestic Challenger...English Bittering Hops...
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2010, 06:30:41 PM »
I my experience for bittering, you are better off using northern brewer (or Northdown) than magnum. 

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Northern Brewer is a great bittering hop for English Ales and I like to use UK EKG's for flavor and aroma in my ESB.
Challenger is also pretty good but go with the imports if you can.
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Re: Domestic Challenger...English Bittering Hops...
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010, 10:28:06 AM »
Has anyone used the domestic Challengers? I like them a lot as a late hop and I'd love to be able to buy a pound at Hops Direct prices. But only if the flavor is similar enough to the imports.
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