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Old 02-05-2009, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default Anyone Have Experience with Bramling Cross?

So I have a bunch of Bramling Cross hops and am planning a simple special bitter recipe for this weekend using them exclusively. The HBT wiki states that they are a unique and underappreciated hop with black currant and lemon flavors. Does anyone have experience with them and what did you think? Here is the recipe I'm planning on making:

Bramling Cross Special Bitter

OG 1.043
IBU 27
SRM 9

6 lbs. Maris Otter
1 lb. homemade crystal 60 (although I'm not sure the malt was completely converted)
0.5 lb. Simpson's Caramalt

0.75 oz Bramling Cross (60 min)
0.5 oz Bramling Cross (15 min)
0.5 oz Bramling Cross (0 min)
1.0 oz Bramling Cross (Dry Hop)

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Old 02-05-2009, 12:48 AM   #2
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Never heard of them.... sounds like a good recipe to try them out in though.... I have been craving a good bitter lately.

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Never heard of them.... sounds like a good recipe to try them out in though.... I have been craving a good bitter lately.
Speaking of Bitters, are they not an awesome style? Plenty of flavor and great drinkability. I like a good IPA or RIS like everyone else, but sometimes you crave a beer you can drink all night without passing out. A good bitter, with a good balance of malt and hops, can be plenty satisfying, without knocking you on your butt.
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They can and are just darn difficult to get here. (at least good ones) It is one of the best styles to homebrew IMO.

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Bramling Cross is a terrible hop that has no place in a respectable beer.
Where did you get them from?
Do you want to sell me some, or do a trade?
Send me a PM if you're interested.

Ruddles County uses them. I think the bottled version is the best English Special Bitter available in America, but the canned version (with nitrogen) is undrinkable.

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Old 02-05-2009, 04:15 AM   #6
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I used them in my porter turned brown ale. It was a nice taste. Citrusy but not cascade citrusy. A very balanced, lemony citrus taste.

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AFAIK there aren't many beers that use Bramling Cross - as ajf says, they're used in Ruddles, but I don't know of any other breweries that use them as a feature hop. I found the following on the Charles Faram UK hop distributors' page - maybe UK brewers don't use them much because they smell too "American"!

"A hop of considerable character. Its distinctive “American” aroma put many brewers off this variety in its early years. It has a strong spicy / blackcurrant flavour and good alpha characteristics. Bramling Cross has now made something of a comeback in traditional cask conditioned beers because of its very distinctive characteristics and has done very well in all styles of beer".

It's apparently a cross of a Goldings and "a wild Manitoban hop". TBH, the lemon/blackcurrant aroma sounds fantastic. I'd be really interested to hear how your beer comes out.

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Thanks for the info everyone. I'm really excited to try them now. I bought them at brewmaster's warehouse, where they are actually one of the least expensive hops.

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I used them recently in an Oatmeal Stout. Although it's young, it is delicious! Not sure if if getting a whole lot of hop through all that roasted maltiness, especially any currat/lemon flavor, but I'd def be interested to hear what others think and use some in a lighter grain bill later.

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A good friend of mine made a very good bitter with Bramling Cross. The advertised flavors were prominent, and I found them very pleasant.

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