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Old 11-19-2007, 03:24 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm planning a Scottish 80/- (Export Ale) and need advice on hopping. Most recipes I've seen point to either Fuggle or EKG. What other hops go well with a Scottish Ale?

Are any of... Perle, Tettnang, Willamette, or Horizon... good substitutes? (I have these readily available, and wouldn't have to shop around.)

I know that the BJCP style for this ale dictates a fairly subtle, unintrusive hopping with IBUs in the 15-30 range.

Ideas?

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Old 11-19-2007, 03:30 PM   #2
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You hit the nail on the head with your last statement, in that hops shouldn't do much in a Scottish besides balancing out some sweetness.

If I couldn't go with Fuggles or EKG, I would probably go with Perle (of the ones you listed above). It's good and clean, keeps something of a European character, and is low enough AA% so that you can use a measureable amount and still stay in the proper range.


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Old 11-19-2007, 03:32 PM   #3
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http://byo.com/referenceguide/hops/

fuggle: U.K. Fuggle, Willamette, Styrian Golding, U.S. Tettnanger

EKG: U.S. Golding, Whitbread Golding Variety, U.K. Progress
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:34 PM   #4
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So it would appear that really "anything but the Horizon" is good.

Thanks much, I'm rarin' to go on this one! I've never made a scottish before, and I've only tried a couple commercial examples for that matter, so I'm quite excited to see how this comes out!

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Since Scottish ales are usually only bittering/some flavor hops, I'd bitter with any of those hops and flavor with Willamette. When you use a hop for bittering, it doesn't matter much what the flavor is IMO...

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