I am will be brewing a ESB, essentially 12lbs MO, will be finishing Kent Goldings but want to bitter with some of my hops in the freezer, got Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, Amarillo and Magnum to choose from. Any suggestions?
Elysian Brewing of Seattle's first commercial brew was their "The Wise" ESB. Bittering hops? Chinook. It remains one of their mainstays sixteen years later. I also just happen to have a batch fermenting right now, but I decided to substitute Warrior. Brew it the way you think you'd like it.
Supposedly chinook is a distant relative of an english golding variety. Don't really know if thats true or not. Still, my vote would be for either magnum or colombus as they are both neutral bittering hops.
If God made anything better than beer, apple pie, and women (in that order)...he kept it for himself.
Commercially, I would always bitter with the highest alpha hop I had... obviously this was an economic decision... point is though, that I was using these high-alpha American hops (Columbus/Tomahawk) in everything from Czech Pils, to dunkel weizen, to ESB to Marzen to American brown ale to doppel bock. Worked for everything and I was getting lots of positive feedback from native British and German brewers... Don't stress on your bittering hops... just use whichever you are least likely to want to use as a finishing hop later!
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