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Old 11-24-2010, 06:33 AM   #1
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Default Buying Hops: European or American

Looking to buy about 20 or so pounds of hop pellets fairly soon.

Would you guys recommend European grown or American? people I've spoken with say European hops are usually higher quality?

I don't know where else to look but there's some for sale on ebay for rather good prices I think.

Some I was looking at:

European:

http://cgi.ebay.com/T-90-Brewing-Hop...item3cb2c2f95b

American:

http://cgi.ebay.com/US-NORTHERN-BREW...item3f0095dc73


cheers!

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Old 11-24-2010, 07:38 AM   #2
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Quality is somewhat amorphous. American grown hops are better at giving american style ales their distinctive qualities. These same qualities are considered to be off-flavors for european brews.
American hops are bolder, bitterer, weedier. They have piney, citruousy, and resinous aromas with strong bitterness, compared to their European counterparts. European hops tend to be milder, with more refined notes of spice, flowers, and earthiness.

Really, it depends on the sort of beers you like. If you like bold, assertive hops American might be the right way to go. If you like more subtle refinement, I might go with the European. But it does depend on the varieties and so on.

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Old 11-24-2010, 02:14 PM   #3
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Yeah, it depends on what your favorite styles to brew are! European hops, as stated, are usually more spicy/herby. American will often have more bitterness capabilities, and more citrus-like flavors.

I use European hops for brown ales, stouts, porters, and the pseudo-lager I make. You can mix 'em up though as well. For example, I like American hops for the eniglish IPA I like to brew. (does that even make sense?)

In terms of quality, it really does depend. Euro hops are considered more "refined" (such as the noble hops), but American hops don't have to be shipped across an ocean to get here, so they might be fresher. It really depends.

I think it just comes down to your preferences on flavor, and what you like to brew.

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Old 11-24-2010, 02:18 PM   #4
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On another note, I love Northern Brewer hops. They are pretty versatile.

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Old 11-25-2010, 05:06 AM   #5
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Those Northern Brewer are from 2008. I like Northern Brewer also, but I'm not sure I would be that pleased with 2008 hops in late 2010.

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Old 11-25-2010, 05:27 AM   #6
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hopsdirect.com is where i (and many of my 70 club-mates) buy our hops, they're delivered in a few days.

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Old 11-25-2010, 05:31 PM   #7
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hopsdirect.com is where i (and many of my 70 club-mates) buy our hops, they're delivered in a few days.
For large orders I would also go hopsdirect. I think you're going to save a lot on shipping in the end and the product and selection is good.
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:34 PM   #8
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+1 for hops direct, the best hop merchant I know of for homebrewers.

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Are you a homebrewer ???? If you are why not use whole hops Cheers Glen

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I got 13#s of hops from this place about 3 weeks or so ago and just kegged my first beer with the Willamette hop a ESB alt ale.. It is quite tasty! But they have i think some great pricing..http://www.willamettevalleyhops.com/purchase/pellet.htm

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