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Old 04-15-2009, 07:35 PM   #1
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Hey all:
I'm planning a single - hop IPA (would do a SMaSH brew, but I'm still extract brewing). I'm looking for a woodsy, spicy hop; something similar to northern brewer. I was looking through the different hop lists stickied in this forum, and I'm having a little difficutly. I was hoping to have a list of potentials, so that when I go to my LHBS I can find something in stock that I want. The BYO guide seems the most useful for my purposes, but I thought that I'd post my potential list, and see what y'all think.

Northern Brewer
Chinook
Pride of Ringwood
Nugget?

Am I crazy for using any of these as a single hop? most of the SMaSH postings I've seen seem to be using Amarillo or Cascade...

any thoughts would be appreciated. I'm hoping to brew this sunday...
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:39 PM   #2
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I used East Kent goldings with my SMaSH and it was wonderful. Nice earthy, kinda floral. One of my best beers so far, granted this was a malty smash brew and not an IPA.

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I think Pride of Ringwood is used as a single hop for some Australian beers. (Do you have a source for them?) I've seen recipes where it's used all over the boil.

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McGarnigle: I don't have a source -- just going by the BYO list here:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/ingr...-redux-107308/
The description sounded a lot like what I'm looking for: woodsy/spicy.
Arneba: earthy sounds good, but the floral isn't quite right... maybe I shouldn't be thinking IPA -- more of a malty ale like yours?
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If you can get Columbus that sounds perfect for a single hop IPA with a "woodsy, spicy" profile. Nugget would be a good substitution also.

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Vienna + Northern Brewer

Throw in some nottingham, wait a month and be ready to taste one of the best beers on the planet.

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Thanks for the responses.
Hooter: thanks for the tip on columbus/tomahawk. I'll throw that to the top of the list when I'm at the LHBS.
DeathBrewer: Would Vienna be a good choice for all the hops on my list? (ie columbus, chinook etc?)
Also, will European Northern Brewer be better than American?

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DeathBrewer: Would Vienna be a good choice for all the hops on my list? (ie columbus, chinook etc?)
Yes. IMO, Vienna is a PERFECT base malt for all SMaSH brews. It is nice and malty, but not overpowering...gives a great base for a pale ale type beer if you mash at 150-152°F (which would be the right style for those hops.) It adds wonderful flavor and complexity while still very clean.

I would sincerely try the northern brewer. I meant "one of the best beers in the world" when I said it. I've brewed this beer more often than any other recipe and it has never dissapointed.

German Tradition is a very similiar hop, too, and gives you that woody, spicey flavor you are looking for.
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Also, will European Northern Brewer be better than American?

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I've tried several varieties and haven't found there to be a huge difference.
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OK... now we're cookin! Can't wait for Sunday.
One more question (ok, maybe a few more):
I'm still extract brewing -- I've seen your PM set up, but haven't had a chance to replicate it. I'll use some vienna malt in grain bags, any thoughts on extracts here?

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