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Old 02-14-2007, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default Cleanest bittering hop

I'm planning on brewing some more beers that I want very little hop flavor in, just bitterness, and I was wondering what people's experiences were with different varieties. Which hops are the cleanest? Northern Brewer, Chinook, Cluster, etc?

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Old 02-14-2007, 11:30 PM   #2
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I've only used Northern Brewer as a bittering hop once, and that was 3/4 ounce for my Fat Tire Clone. Definitely clean and without any other flavor other than the bittering.

The other "neutral" (at least to me) bittering hop I've used in the past is Perle. That was in an English Pale Ale, and the bittering is definitely clean tasting. It was also used in my Dead Guy clone.

I prefer columbus over chinook as bittering hops, but I think it's only because I perceive chinook as a bit harsh.

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Old 02-14-2007, 11:45 PM   #3
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...I prefer columbus over chinook as bittering hops, but I think it's only because I perceive chinook as a bit harsh.
Took the words right out of my mouth. I love Columbus for bittering, and if you overdo it, its definately not a harsh as it would be with Chinook.
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:46 PM   #4
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Anbody else used Vanguard or glacier as bittering hops, or the other low cohumulone hops available.

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Old 02-14-2007, 11:53 PM   #5
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I vote for columbus.
Northern Brewer or Perle are good too, think Anchor steam: bitter but smooth.

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I don't like Northern Brewer. Too harsh for me.

I'm not a hophead either so I don't care for IPAs.

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I don't like Northern Brewer. Too harsh for me.

I'm not a hophead either so I don't care for IPAs.
Repentance is in order. You must grow your own hops this summer and brew a big IPA. The rest is easy - you must love it!
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:28 AM   #8
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My vote goes for Yakima Magnum, then Nugget, then Colombus. I have a Simcoe IPA that was clean but seems to have lost a TON of bitterness as it aged. Chinook is harsh.

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Old 02-15-2007, 03:30 AM   #9
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I've only used Northern Brewer as a bittering hop once, and that was 3/4 ounce for my Fat Tire Clone. Definitely clean and without any other flavor other than the bittering.

The other "neutral" (at least to me) bittering hop I've used in the past is Perle.
Interesting. I thought that those two specific hops (NB and Perle) were both considered in general to be harsh.

I've only used Perle a few times (my stout), and I don't use very much. But, that stout is pretty sweet, and it might hide the harshness. (?)

I REALLY like Northern Brewer, and don't perceive it as harsh, but I think Dude does and is not a fan. It that that was one of the comments he made about my IPA when he reviewed it.

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Columbus and Nugget are tops in my book for straight bittering.

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