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Old 10-02-2007, 01:49 PM   #1
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I'm looking into getting a pound of either, and from what I've read they are similar in character. I'm swaying toward Sterling as they are a little better in "longer" term storage (say 6 months in a freezer). Thoughts?

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Old 10-04-2007, 09:09 PM   #2
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I've had Saaz in the freezer for 6 months with no issues as far as I can tell.

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I've used Saaz and love it. Seems to be a nice neutral bittering hop for a lot of ales. Either way, you can't go wrong in terms of storage.

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I've tried both and I would say that they are rather different. Saaz is going to be lower AA, and spicy. Sterling is a little higher AA and has a much more perceptable floral character - maybe even slightly citrus-y, though nothing like cascade.

Both are clean aroma/flavor hops, and good choices either way. I'm planning on ordering both myself, though I'd say that Sterling is probably a little more versatile as it could work well in alomost any style.

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I would agree with Madtown Brew. They might be from the same heritage they are different. If you can only get one then Sterling would be more versatile and you will not have to use as much.
Now if you want a nice Czech pilsner then saaz is the way to go. You cannot sub them for that style of beer IMHO.
I have used Sterling in a Czech pilsner and a Helles and they worked better in the Helles.

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I came to the same conclusions and ordered the Sterling. Seems more versatile for both lagers and ales, especially for my schedule of beers through next year.

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