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Old 05-13-2008, 08:08 PM   #1
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What are some of your favorite hops? Combinations of hops? Times, additions, characteristics, etc? Some are great alone but when paired with anothers become even better. I have a supply of Cascade, EKG, Amarillo, Columbus, Hallertauer, Mt. Hood, Perle, Santiam, Sterling, Williamette, Fuggles and Simcoe and would like some input. Although all hops welcome. Thanks.

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I love Cascades.

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Old 05-13-2008, 08:35 PM   #3
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I read that Simcoe and Amarillo work well together...

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I read that Simcoe and Amarillo work well together...
My last IPA had a Magnum, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade combo that was just awesome. As you mention, the Simcoe/Amarillo mix is quite tasty. I don't have the times with me but I could post them later.

Simcoe can add some really interesting flavors, I know that everybody says citrus and YES you get the acidic light fruits...grapefruit, orange, etc but there is almost a dark fruit when the amounts are bumped up IMO (passion fruit comes to mind with late/larger additions). The mix of that with the citrus of Amarillo was quite nice. Combined this mix with a Centennial dry hop for a week (2oz) then a Cascade dry hop (2oz) for another week and it was my favorite IPA to date.

I also do an IPA that is Chinook, Amarillo, Cascade - nice mix as well.
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:59 PM   #5
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Does anyone have any opinions on vanguard, sterling, argentine cascade, Kent Goldings, or liberty in a combination of two or more?

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Old 05-13-2008, 09:05 PM   #6
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+1 on the simcoe amarillo combo and I was trying to place the aroma and had always thought grapefruit or apple then somewhere I read passionfruit and that to me is the closest thing so far to describe it. It if freaking delicious!

Right now I am working on a Simtennial (Simcoe + Centennial) ale, I think those two will work well together.

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I made a pale ale with just willamette and it was awesome! I used 2oz to bitter 1oz at 10 min 2 oz at 2 min and 3 oz dry hop. It wasn't very hoppy as one would think. It was superbly pleasant. Can't say it was like an ESB because of how mild the hops came across but it was in the same realm. Very drinkable! That beer is the reason I bought a wilamette hop plant. (also got chinook, centennial, cascade, golding, fuggle, nugget and a mystery hop plant I found growing in abundance around an old hop field that the hops were ripped out of years ago.)

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As far as a combo.
I really like Ahtanum and Amarillo together. in the flavor and Aroma additions. Equal measure.

JB over at AHS hooked me up with this combo for a pale and it is nice..

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Simcoe/Amarillo
Centennial/Cascades

EDIT - Sorry, just noticed you were asking for addition timing as well. I've found lately that doing a lot of late additions gives my APA's/IPA's more hop kick and flavor. I've completely eliminated the 30 minute additon and usually go with FWH for my bittering hops and 15/10/5/1 for the flavor/aroma. I've also started dryhopping every APA and IPA with at least .5 oz. My latest IPA has a 2 oz dryhop.

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I really like Ahtanum and Amarillo together.
That sounds great. One of my favorite IPAs uses this combo along with Centennial.
http://www.hopworksbeer.com/hopworks_ipa.php
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