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Old 11-14-2008, 01:25 PM   #1
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So I ordered some hops from an online store (hopsanddreams.com). The packaging was great, but they forgot a pound of roasted barley. No big deal. Mistakes happen.

They also forgot to tell me the IBU for the Whitbread Gold UK Hops and Phoenix Hops that I ordered.

I've been trying to get a hold of these guys by email and phone for the past 4 days and there is just no answer. Should I just ballpark the IBU for these hops? I'm at a loss. What do you guys do when you can't find out the IBU for a hop?

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Old 11-14-2008, 01:32 PM   #2
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That only happened to me once, but I just used the generally accepted alpha acid value for that variety. I doubt it was very accurate, but the beer was tasty!

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Old 11-14-2008, 01:40 PM   #3
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That only happened to me once, but I just used the generally accepted alpha acid value for that variety. I doubt it was very accurate, but the beer was tasty!
Heh. It goes against the engineer in me, but I guess it is what it is. I was planning on doing an Irish Red, but it looks like it is going to be a English Mild. I have some Black Patent for a planned Porter, that can be used for the Mild.

I really don't want to guess the IBU for the Porter though. It's a much more expensive recipe and Phoenix is a helluva strong hop.
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Good news! They got back to me with the IBU info before I brewed on Saturday.

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