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Old 05-08-2009, 10:09 AM   #1
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I want to start buying some hops in bulk and I wanted everyone's opinion on what types to buy. I was thinkin' maybe some EKG, Simcoe or Amarillo. I like to brew porters, Irish Reds, and some British styles. I also want to start making some IPA's. Any ideas?

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Old 05-08-2009, 10:25 AM   #2
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For UK beers (I'm including Scottish and Irish ales in this), you can't go wrong with Fuggles and EKG. They can be used for bittering, flavor and aroma. They are perfectly at home in everything from mild to porter, Scottish ale to dry stout.

I like having a clean, neutral high AA hop for bittering, something like Magnum or Galena. The high AA means I have to use very little, so a pound lasts quite a while.

For American IPAs that typically ooze with grapefruity, citrusy goodness, Simcoe and Amarillo are a popular combination, as are Cascade and Centennial.

Hope that helps!

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Old 05-08-2009, 11:39 AM   #3
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I want to start buying some hops in bulk . . . Any ideas?
Can't speak to your preference, but here's a good reference. Among other things, it lists the storageability which might be considered when buying in bulk.

Hop Data - Brew-Monkey.Com
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:11 PM   #4
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With hops directs prices right now, I'd say get a pound of everything!

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Get what you like.

Centennial
Cascade
Simcoe
Amarillo
Willamette (10.50 a lb right now)
Magnum (great for bittering addition)

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I brew mainly british and belgian styles, so for bulk I buy EKGs, Fuggles and Saaz

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With hops directs prices right now, I'd say get a pound of everything!
Hold off. I am going to buy a couple of pounds. The way my luck runs, the day AFTER I buy mine, the price will drop $10/lb!
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Bull,
Im actually filling up my cart there now.

I don't think prices will drop anymore at least till the fresh harvest comes in.

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Old 05-08-2009, 11:37 PM   #9
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I just dropped $62 at HopsDirect on a pound of pellets each of German Magnum, Target, Northern Brewer and the US Willamette. Looking at the useful storage data from Brew-Monkey, it looks like I'm set for my brewing hops through the fall!

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prices are just changing with economies of scale.

people wanted more of what wasn't available, so price went sky high.
producers moved strategically to increase production to meet demand.
surplus of product is driving prices down right now.

It's simplest you can get with economics.

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