Greetings. I'm looking to make an ingredients purchase, and was going to try to brew a recipe from Papazian's Microbrewed Adventures. Looking at sources like homebrew.com, austinbrewer.com, or even morebeer.com, it looks like many of the hop varieties are not currently available (at homebrew.com, only 3 varieties are available).
However, it seems that all of these suppliers' ingredient kits are available.
How is that possible? It is unlikely that it's a coincidence that the kits require none of the hops which are unavailable. I suppose the kits could be using substitute hops, but for someone like homebrew.com, I'd be surprised if their 3 varieties currently available could be used in all of their beer kits.
Or, are they making certain kinds of hops ONLY available through the kits since that's a way of preventing folks from overbuying and hoarding?
Just wondering what you folks thought. At this point, I think I'll just do another kit from one of the above suppliers. Lastly on a related note, if anyone has ideas of the supplier with the largest set of hop types available, I'd be interested in suggestions.