Originally Posted by drengel
i wish i could go somewhere where i could smell a ton of variety of hops and then taste a beer made with each one so you understand whats going on with each variety. just dreaming though...
During the one meeting I went to for CARBOY (local brewing club) they were planning to do this very thing. A number of people were going to brew up a simple pale ale (same recipe) and they were all going to select one type of hops to use for their batch. Calculations were to be used to ensure that each batch had approximately the same IBUs.
I never went back to CARBOY, but if you are a member of a local brew club, maybe you can suggest a similar idea at your next meeting.