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Old 09-18-2012, 01:35 PM   #21
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Any particular reason you want to SMaSH with magnum? Just a learning experience? Magnum is known as a really weak flavor hop and is rarely used for anything other than bittering.



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Old 09-18-2012, 01:47 PM   #22
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Any particular reason you want to SMaSH with magnum? Just a learning experience? Magnum is known as a really weak flavor hop and is rarely used for anything other than bittering.
I don't know the reason for the original poster. Mine is that I have 4 hop plants (of different varieties) and the only one that this year produced enogh hops was magnum. I wanted to make a brew with my hops, I had only magnum, that's how I came across this thread.

I'm also a big fan of columbus and I made two beers using only that bittering hop. I was surprised by the result so I didn't have any particular prejudice for this kind of test

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Columbus most certainly is not just a bittering hop though. It's one of the dominant flavor and aroma hops in american IPA.

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Old 09-18-2012, 02:13 PM   #24
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Columbus most certainly is not just a bittering hop though. It's one of the dominant flavor and aroma hops in american IPA.
I totally agree with you. What I was trying to say is that whenever you read the description of columbus, it's always defined as a bitterness hop. I never saw it described as a dual purpose hop, like here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hop_varieties#Columbus

So, if I never saw it described like a dual purpose but I always used it that way (sometimes even for dry hopping), I thougth I could give the same chance to a wet magnum hop which, even if with low aroma compounds, should preserve more aroma (since it's just harvested).

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Old 09-20-2012, 08:32 AM   #25
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Hello brewers!
I thought I could share with you the happiness of the crop
Here the link to my blog related posts of this little adventure: piteko.blogspot.it/search/label/smashmarisottermagnum
(it's in italian language, but photos and videos are in it too)
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Looks great! At some point I'll have to take a stab at growing hops.

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Old 12-28-2012, 10:08 PM   #27
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You won't know it if you don't use the cascade, either =)

Magnum is about as boring and lacking in interesting hop oils as you can get. Could still be a fun experiment, though.
So, here is my feedback.
The experiment went fine, but nothing more.

Base malt gives the backbone to the hop to shine, except that there isn't so much there to shine
The average bitterness math went well, the beer is balanced.

The principal characteristics of this beer are: grassy, a bit spicy, oily. Maybe too much "fresh" aroma from the fresh hops than I expected. I could give it a 6,5 over 10, which means I will enjoy the results of the experiment but I won't repeat it again.

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Looks great! At some point I'll have to take a stab at growing hops.
If you do it for the sake of the experimentation, go for it!
Otherwise:
- it's not easy to grow: the plant is very strong, to the point that you must worry for the other plants surrounding it, but it's subject to many diseases that can compromise the harvest;
- during the summertime it requests A LOT of water, which means you need an irrigation system or something similar (like your mother that comes daily to your house for your 4 plants while you are on vacation ).

I have it on my balcony because it helps me covering from the ugly building I have in front of my house with the side effect that it's cool saying to your friends you grow hops, nothing more

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