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Old 09-20-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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So I acquired a bunch of hops from an old timer. He tosld me it is the same hops Budweiser uses. Can anyone clue ne in to what they might be?

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Old 09-20-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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Hallertau maybe?

If you believe the marketing Bud uses 10 varieties of hops.

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I'm guessing they use one of the noble hops and I'd guess Hallertau as well, but Saaz may be mixed in. I very much doubt they use 10 varieties. It would be hard to source that number for production as large as they need for Bud.

Also, I think that the American version of Hallertau doesn't that the same as the stuff grown in Europe.

Time for a Google search!

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I'm pretty sure they've changed their hop varieties numerous times over the years. Pre-prohibition, cluster was about all there was in the US. Depending how old your old-timer is, this may be what he means. Now, they mostly use hop extract. I think they use ten (or however many) different hops so that they can change the formula based on economics/crop success or failure/varying alpha acid %/etc... without greatly altering the end result. As far as sourcing the production; InBev owns a lot of that from the bottom up, including the world's largest hop farm.

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