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Old 03-30-2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default Anyone Ever Use Riwaka Hops?

I've been given a few ounces of these Hops. Aside from the fact they're from New Zealand and they're similar to the "C" hops, I don't know much about them.

Anyone ever use them? And if so, for what? I'm thinking of making a 2-row SMaSH with them.

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Old 03-30-2010, 05:31 PM   #2
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Good idea on the 2-row SMaSH as that will give you a good idea of their taste.

I'm making a NZ IPA this upcoming weekend with Green Bullet to bitter and Riwaka for aroma. We'll see how it goes.

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Old 06-15-2010, 01:46 AM   #3
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How did the NZ IPA turn out?

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Fantastic. I think 5 gallons went in about an hour at Big Brew. I need to make another batch, this time a 10 gallon one. I'll have to add that to the queue.

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Old 06-15-2010, 04:55 PM   #5
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I used Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin in an IPA that turned out fantastic. I posted the recipe at brewmasters warehouse:
http://www.brewmasterswarehouse.com/...a-with-nz-hops

It got rave reviews at my local club meetings. Definitely the best beer I've made. The Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin really have to be tasted to be believed.

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Irrenartz, any recipe you could share? Even just some ideas of the ingredients?

Matthew, interesting that you used the Riwaka early in the boil and the NS later. But hey, if it works... Thanks for sharing the recipe. I just may have to give it a try.

A kit I purchased a while back from Austin Homebrew used Riwaka hops. That's how I learned of them. I really liked the smell as soon as I opened the packet of pellets. I've been wanting to brew with them again.

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I brewed AHS Riwaka Red and dry-hopped with an additional ounce of Riwaka. There's no word for Riwaka other than kumquat.

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My lhbs guy was telling me about riwaka beeing pretty good, seems all nz hops are high alpha, but smooth. I just drank my 2nd bottle of my brew, with A lil nelson sauvin/simcoe mix, I think it is the best ipa ive ever done, alcohol is on the lower side of a real ipa.

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I like Riwaka hops, I find them to be quite bright in flavor.

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Old 06-17-2010, 05:33 AM   #10
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I live in New Zealand and the LHBS never has any. Its rubbish apparently so stop buying it. In fact send it my way so it can be disposed of properly... One day I'll get to make that Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin NZPA I've been dreaming of.

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