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Old 10-17-2012, 07:23 PM   #701
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So getting back to my point about Citra. One of the four batches of Citra I got was ridiculously tropical fruit-like. It just absolutely reeked like fruit punch, so much, that it was hard to smell the hop. Another was a nice mix of tropical fruit and citrus, another was a mix of heavy resin and mango, and the final one was mostly resin, and was a little bit catty.
I have experienced this exact same thing with Citra. The first batch I made of this recipe tasted like an over ripe mango. So fruity it was cloying.

The next batch a friend and I brewed was a lot more on the citrus side with balanced fruitiness. Very close to the original.

I wonder what this years Citra from Hops Direct will be like? I was planning on brewing this again soon - hoping for the balanced Citra and not the over ripe mango.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:43 PM   #702
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I have experienced this exact same thing with Citra. The first batch I made of this recipe tasted like an over ripe mango. So fruity it was cloying.

The next batch a friend and I brewed was a lot more on the citrus side with balanced fruitiness. Very close to the original.

I wonder what this years Citra from Hops Direct will be like? I was planning on brewing this again soon - hoping for the balanced Citra and not the over ripe mango.
That's my favorite. I got a pound of it last year, and I'm still nursing it. It was the Citrus mixed with tropical fruit. There's some resin in there too. It was a really good crop. FYI Hops Direct (Puterbaugh Farms) doesn't grow Citra. They source a good chunk Citra, but I believe they pelletize it themselves.

My second fav was from Morebeer. Not sure where they buy in bulk from (brewer's supply group maybe?) That was the heavy resin and mango one. It was really, really oily, with a really nice dank character that really worked with the tropical fruit.

Of the other two, one were Hop Union packs, and the fourth i can't remember. I store them in mason jars and vacuum bags, so I forget which was which.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:31 PM   #703
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Just tasted my Zombie Dust Clone. My god, the nose on this beer is so amazing (with 9.25 ounces of Citra it better be). It has only been one week since I kegged it and is not fully carbed yet. It is going to take a **** ton of will power to stay away from this one for another week. Thanks for the recipe.

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Old 10-22-2012, 04:27 PM   #704
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Got silver medal at the local comp in pale ale category with this recipe! Even though I came out a little strong at 6.5%. Great beer I think I am liking it more as it ages and the flavors start blending a bit.

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:40 PM   #705
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I was at the brewery two weeks ago. I was able to enjoy ZD on tap and also bought two cases on my way out.

Today's ZD is not 100% Citra. This was confirmed by folks at the brewery. There is a strong aroma from the Citra so it's more likely they are bittering with something else....my palate suggests Columbus and using Citra as a dry hop.

The key to replicating this beer is FWH to smooth the bitterness, and avoiding any hops that are piney/resinous. Avoid Simcoe or any dank hop. ZD is designed to emphasize the Citra hops balanced with a smooth bitterness.


Note: of the 3 Floyds, only one is active with the brewery. The father does a little landscaping but that's it. One brother is completely disconnected from the brewery. This was also confirmed by the folks at the brewery.

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Old 10-28-2012, 12:06 AM   #706
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My next batch I might try magnum as the 60 min addition just for bittering. It's clean and shouldn't hurt the recipe. I just want to save as much Citra as possible since it seems to be going quick this year and I only ordered a pound.

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Old 10-29-2012, 04:50 AM   #707
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I tried waiting, but threw a bottle in the fridge after a week. It's been awhile since I had the real deal, but I think the color of mine is a little darker. But it smelled like Zombie Dust and seemed to taste pretty close as well. I tried a Summit Sága recently and could smell the Citra, so it reminded me of that as well. I'm a day away from the rest being in bottles for two weeks, and I know of a pub that may put on a keg of the real deal this week. I'm going to try to either get a growler or take a couple of bottles of mine in to do a side by side tasting. It may be put on tap on Halloween, so I may be out of luck.

Thanks for the recipe. This was my third batch of homebrew. The first two were Northern Brewer kits so this was my first batch from a recipe. I have a feeling I'll be preordering a bunch of Citra soon.

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Brewed this recipe 8/18/12 just starting to drink it now. Great Recipe

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Old 11-04-2012, 02:57 AM   #709
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Anyone have any tips on clearing out the beer after the dryhop? I dryhopped in a fine mesh bag with glass marbles to keep it submerged, but the final result was hazy. I used Irish moss in the boil and use clarex to make gluten drop for my gluten sensitive wife (it does work for her)- but still got cloudy beer. Tasted fantastic though.

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Old 11-04-2012, 03:40 AM   #710
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It'll clear, given time in bottles or a keg. You could cold crash it for a couple days of you'd like. Most dry hopped beers I've made we're cloudy at first too.

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