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planker101 03-30-2011 02:36 AM

Have you used citra hops as bittering hops? I have...
About 4 months ago I used tried citra for the first time. I thought my beer got infected. Had a distinctive off taste. Right now I am drinking my second citra beer and it has the exact same off taste. Either I have potent yeast/bacteria in my fermenting room or citra is to blame.

I used it as a bittering hop both times. Has anyone else had problems using citra as a bittering hop?

iamatuna 03-30-2011 04:48 AM

As far as i know, Citra is only meant to be used as a flavour/aroma hop and not a bittering hop because it produces those tastes. I would recomend dry hopping with it or maybe add with 5 mins or at flameout to get the real charecter of the hop.

Say a pale ale with cascade and citra dry hop?

ryandlf 03-30-2011 04:53 AM

I actually just got some citra to use in my next batch and the research I did all said that citra is to be used as a flavoring hop. I'll be using it at 15 min left in the boil and again during the dry hop. Could you try and describe the off taste? I'm interested in what to look out for.

Time-Travelers 03-30-2011 11:14 AM

I made a Citra Pale Ale (kit, extract w/ grains) that used only Citra hops; 2 oz total, 1/2 oz @ 60, 1 oz @ 15 and 1/2 @ 0. Still bottle conditioning however we did sample a bottle after just 5-days and I was very pleased with the flavor, slightly bitter and lots of citrus notes.

FatherJack 03-30-2011 11:52 AM

I just did a Citra SMaSH on a 90 minute boil. I'm not sure how it came out but it's on deck to be bottled in about a week.

I only did half an ounce on the 90 minute mark and then i started loading it up with flavorings from 30 minutes on and included a 60 minute flame out steep.

flyerwire 03-30-2011 02:57 PM

from my experience if you use citra near bittering times it defiintely has a "unique" flavor

r2eng 03-30-2011 03:09 PM

Yep, to me, Citra adds tropical fruit/mango/papaya flavors.

I like it, but others don't. I use it very sparingly as flavor hops or dry hops, in maybe a 0.5 oz addition.

DrinkNoH2O 03-30-2011 03:21 PM

Never used it as a bittering hop, but never been a fan when using it as a flavor/aroma hop. I've heard people get citrus and mango flavors, but all I get is stone fruit/peaches which I dislike to begin with.

planker101 03-30-2011 03:47 PM

Just tried my beer again and I really can't identify the flavor. A few a my friends who don't drink beer that much like it. One thought it tasted like apricots. The beer I just made only used citra. I have used made the same recipe in the past with chinook, cascade and cintennial and it was amazing, ruination status in fact so I was pretty disappointed when I tasted my all citra version.

Anyways, glad to hear that others have ended up with some "interesting" flavors when using citra. I was worried that I had some ongoing infection in the lab, and my sanitation techniques really can't get much better :P haha.
My cousin is going to brew an APA with chinook bittering and citra flavor/ aroma this weekend. I'll have to see if I like citra in that capacity I guess.

Thanks for the input.

D-urb 03-30-2011 04:06 PM

We recently tried Citra too. I liked the aroma and fruity flavor for a nice finish but have since quit using it as a bittering hops. I prefer Cascade and then throw in some Citra at the 5 min. One thing you could be tasting is that the citra hops is 10% bitter compared with 5% for a lot of other hops. I decreased the amount the first time when I used it for all three hop times and it turned out pretty good. Dunno if that answered anyting but it's what I experienced with it. Didn't notice any off flavors, just prefer the cascade for the bittering.

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