So I got the clearance from SWMBO to buy 2lbs of hops from Hops Direct. Now I'm trying to figure out which two to buy. I was on a multi-year IPA binge that I'm recovering from now and have turned my attention to regular old pale ales, ESBs, wheat beers, and lagers/pilsners. Anyone have advice on which two pounds to buy. I'm thinking cascade is a must. I'm leaning to either Hallertau or Saaz as my #2. Any opinions out there?
My recipes that stay in constant rotation (with tweaks here and there) are an all-cascade pale ale, a hefe using Hallertau, and a light lager using saaz. And that's why my current rankings are the way they are. I guess a better way to put this is if I go Hallertau, I'm going to start making my lager with it. If I go saaz, my hefe and will be using it. Which is the better substitution in your opinion? I like the saaz hop better but I'm afraid it will go poorly in the hefe. But even though I like saaz better, historically I've used a lot more Hallertau so I'm afraid I'll get saaz and then get tired of it halfway through.