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Old 01-12-2012, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default HBC 342 Experimental Hops

Last week I saw that Farmhouse Brewing supply had some experimental hops for sale -- HBC 342. The wheels in my head started churning, so I bought 12oz.

They arrived yesterday, so I drew up a quick pale ale recipe that I'll be brewing here soon:

9lbs 2-row
1lb Munich
12oz C40
.6oz HBC 342 @ 60
1oz HBC 342 @ 10
1.5oz HBC 342 @ 0
1oz HBC 342 Dry Hopped.
WLP007

Has anyone got their hands on this hop yet, and if so what do you think? Here is the HopUnion info on it: http://farmhousebrewingsupply.com/do...ops%202011.pdf

Aroma is stated as: mild, pleasant, citrusy and watermelon. Maybe like a higher alpha Ahtanum? Co-humulone is pretty high, so it'll won't replace my bittering hops, but I'm curious what the aroma is like.

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Old 01-13-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
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I gave these hops a rub last night, and they definitely remind me of a higher-alpa ahtanum. They're floral and citrusy, but the aromas are softer than say a cascade. These should be pretty good, I'm excited to give them a roll.

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Old 01-13-2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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Let us know how it turns out! I wanna pick up 4 oz of these and make a nice hoppy session beer with wheat sometime soon.

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I ordered some too don't know when I will get to use them though. I could not pass up the opportunity to use an "experimental" hop.

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Old 02-27-2012, 06:53 PM   #5
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Any word on how these are tasting? I'm intrigued by its "watermelon" descriptor--much as I like watermelon, that could easily get out of hand and end up tasting like beer punch.

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Old 02-28-2012, 10:35 PM   #6
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This beer is actually next on my list to brew. Exactly the recipe in the first post, only US05 rather than WLP007. I'll be brewing it the weekend after next, most likely.

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I brewed a beer with them. The beer also had falconers flight and a bit of centennial but I used like 4 ounces of the HBC. I get more of a floral thing from them. However sometimes I get a jolly rancher kind of aftertaste so maybe that is the "watermelon" not sure. Anyhow I don't think its nearly as fruity as any of the new zealand hops so I wouldn't worry about making beer punch.

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Old 02-28-2012, 10:58 PM   #8
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Ya, from doing a rub test, I can tell you that beer-punch won't be a concern. They really remind me of ahtanum, at least from rubbing them. We'll see what they taste like in a beer.

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I've got 4 oz in the freezer that I'm planning to make a simple blonde with. I've been searching and searching to find someone who's actually finished a batch with some tasting notes.

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I'm sitting in a pub drinking a beer with the primary hops being 342... not sure I'm into it. Definitely a softer aroma, silky on the back tounge. The watermelon isn't coming through, but there is definitely some "fruity-ness" coming down... a lot. Mild spice too. Not too earthy, more floral aromatic.

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