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reuliss 02-11-2013 03:13 PM

Centennial Hop Choice
 
I'm still a noob and have been trying to experiment with the various hop varieties to learn what I like. The first batch I ever made used Williamette exclusively, and my goodness, how I loved that aroma when I opened the bag. I literally felt joy they smelled so good.

This past weekend, I worked with Centennial for the first time. Knowing that Centennial is the backbone of so many craft pale ales, I was surprised by the relatively mild aroma compared to the Williamette. So, I'm curious. Did my observations comport with reality, or is it possible that my batch of Centennial just wasn't that fresh??

Homercidal 02-11-2013 04:00 PM

Sounds backwards to me. I usually get a lot more aroma from centennial, but I've only used pellet for centennial and only used whole hops for willamette.

ong 02-11-2013 04:26 PM

Best way I've found to gauge the aroma (especially if the hops are from the freezer) is to rub a cone or a couple pellets between my hands until they're broken down and warmed up. Sometimes I don't get that much aroma until I've done that.

Xpertskir 02-11-2013 04:30 PM

Id say as a whole the aroma of hops(and pellets) smell relatively similar, especially compared to the range of flavor and aroma they can lend to a beer.

aiptasia 02-11-2013 04:34 PM

It's possible that it wasn't fresh. Look for packing dates on both fresh and pellet hops if your LHBS buys them from places like hopsunion, etc. Mine tends to vac pack their own hops, so I have to go by color as a freshness clue. Really fresh hops will have that deep vivid green color. When they start to turn that dusty yellow/brown color, they've peaked and I pass on them.

reuliss 02-11-2013 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by ong (Post 4890959)
Best way I've found to gauge the aroma (especially if the hops are from the freezer) is to rub a cone or a couple pellets between my hands until they're broken down and warmed up. Sometimes I don't get that much aroma until I've done that.

This is an interesting observation. As it turns out, I did pull the Centennial from the freezer shortly before the boil, while the Williamettes were at room temp. Perhaps that does explain the difference. I'll have to bring some centennials to room temp and sniff and see what happens then.

thadius856 02-11-2013 04:37 PM

I bought my Centennial from Hop Heaven via eBay. The seller contacted me before shipping and suggested I switch from pellet to leaf hops for them. He said his Centennial pellets are only good as rabbit food. Of course, I switched to leaf.

I wonder if you got the same bad pellets he was talking about?

reuliss 02-11-2013 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by thadius856 (Post 4891010)
I bought my Centennial from Hop Heaven via eBay. The seller contacted me before shipping and suggested I switch from pellet to leaf hops for them. He said his Centennial pellets are only good as rabbit food. Of course, I switched to leaf.

I wonder if you got the same bad pellets he was talking about?

Nope, I was using leaf hops. I'm sure I'll come around, but I haven't yet been able to convince myself that pellets are a good idea.

daksin 02-11-2013 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by reuliss (Post 4891024)
Nope, I was using leaf hops. I'm sure I'll come around, but I haven't yet been able to convince myself that pellets are a good idea.

Trust me- pellets are a great idea.

Xpertskir 02-11-2013 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by reuliss (Post 4891024)
Nope, I was using leaf hops. I'm sure I'll come around, but I haven't yet been able to convince myself that pellets are a good idea.

Easier to use, better utilization, easier to store, often times less expensive, more international varieties available.

Yeah I can see why its been so difficult to convince yourself to make the jump.


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