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Old 10-10-2012, 08:41 PM   #1
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Default Two new hops!

New to me anyway! I just ordered 4 oz each of Nelson Sauvin, Summer (AUS) and Topaz (NZ) hops from farmhouse brewing supply.

Has anyone ever played around with the Topaz or Summer varieties?

Here are their descriptions....

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TOPAZ: "Topaz was originally selected as a seedless high alpha-acid hop for the production of extract, but recent work has shown it to have excellent flavour potential, to the point that a beer hopped solely with Topaz was the most preferred of a group of five single hop beers by tasters at Brau 2010.

As a flavour addition Topaz can provide earthy notes similar in character to old English cultivars, and fruit flavour such as lychee can be detected in later additions and higher gravity brews."
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SUMMER: (aka. Summer Saaz) "Summer is a unique seedless aroma hop developed and grown in Australia. Summer provides distinctive light apricot and melon fruit notes nicely balanced by a background hop character which can be used to great effect in many beer styles. "
They sound interesting to me anyway!
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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Brew with them immediately and return here for feedback!

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Old 10-11-2012, 02:25 AM   #3
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I've for Belma on the way from hops direct. I will do the same and report back.

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Nice, they sound good!

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Old 10-12-2012, 06:49 PM   #5
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Here is what I was thinking to showcase the Topaz, the grain bill is very loosely based on a gumballhead clone. All late hop additions (at 16%+ IBU's, the bitterness is going to get out of hand quickly, so trying to keep the total IBU's around 35 for this brew)

For 5.5 Gallons: (Partial Mash)

3 lbs Pilsner DME
3 lbs Pilsner Malt
1 lb Wheat Malt
1 lb Flaked Wheat
1/2 lb Aromatic Malt

20M 1/2 oz Topaz
10M 1/2 oz Topaz
5M 1/2 oz Topaz
0M 1 oz Topaz

Dry Hop: 1 and 1/2 oz Topaz (remainder of pkg); 7 Days

Yeast: London ESB, 2nd Choice S-04

Eh?

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Old 11-25-2012, 12:27 PM   #6
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Any notes yet on summer or topaz?

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Old 11-26-2012, 09:29 PM   #7
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Yes, I finially brewed the above recipe with the Topaz last night! (took me a while, this is a busy time of the year). So, should be able to comment on the flavors in about a month or so. Out of the bag they smelled fruity, but also- earthy- reminded me a bit of fuggles even or palisades. Curious to see if that earthy note carries through in the finished product. The hops themselves smelled GOOOOOD. Looking forward to updating when this one is done. Keep you posted!

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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While the Topaz Pale Ale is fermenting away (expecting to bottle it in a week or two), I'm contemplating what to do with the Summer hops. From descriptions I've read it has a more delicate flavor, I'm thinking a hopped up cream ale would showcase this hop in the right light. This is what I'm thinking, any thoughts?

3 lbs Pilsner DME
2 lbs American Two Row
2 lbs Marris Otter
2 lbs Flaked Corn

60M .5 oz Summer Hops
10M .5 oz Summer Hops
5M 1 oz Summer Hops
Flameout 1 oz Summer Hops
Dryhop 1 oz Summer Hops (5 days)

Yeast: S-05

Predicted ABV: 4.9%
Predicted IBUs: 21
Predicted OG: 1.050
Predicted FG: 1.013
Predicted SRM: 4

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Subbed!

Lychee is a descriptor used for Citra... you have my attention.

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Old 12-26-2012, 09:26 AM   #10
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Curious, I had a topaz single hop a few months back and I wasn't boiled over by it. How's the summer coming along?

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