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Old 09-15-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default 0.7% AA Saaz, Suggestions?

I recently won about 1-2 lbs of 0.7% AA Saaz at a club meeting. Does anyone have any suggestions for a recipe that I might use these for? I am thinking of using them for a dryhopping. I can't see these being any good for bittering without building up some epic trub loss.



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Old 09-15-2010, 01:35 PM   #2
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0.7% AA? Is that right?



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Should be fine for flavor additions, the AA% just tells you about the bitterness, not whether the hops are flavorful or not.

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0.7% AA? Is that right?
Yea, they are pretty old. Apparently they were 1% 12 months ago.
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Well, are they low-AA% because they're OLD, or because the crop came in really light that year? I seem to recall some other absurdly-low AA% Saaz not too long back.

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Have to agree with Bird since they're so low on AA and older hops.

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Sounds like a lambic is in order to me.

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Just curious, does the AA level have anything to do with the anti-microbial properties of hops? I was considering dropping a pellet of these into each starter I make from now on.

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Sounds like a lambic is in order to me.
That's just what I was going to suggest, too.

Hops keep their antimicrobial properties even when aged and low in AAs. This is exactly why the lambic brewers use old hops: they want the preservative qualities, but not the bitterness.
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That's just what I was going to suggest, too.

Hops keep their antimicrobial properties even when aged and low in AAs. This is exactly why the lambic brewers use old hops: they want the preservative qualities, but not the bitterness.

Yes, do this. You can age the rest and use for lambic for several years.


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