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Old 01-02-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default IPA Bittering Hops?

Ok, so I've recently become a big fan of American IPA's and have been doing a lot of research here on hops. I think I have the flavor and aroma hop additions down but was wondering about bittering hops. I'd like to use some more mellow bitterness type hops for bittering that don't sting the tongue too bad. I see many using Columbus, Magnum, Warrior and others for bittering while saving the Citra, Amarillo and Simco types for flavor/aroma. What type of bittering hops do you favor?

What about FWH additions? Will that mellow the bitterness but also give some unwanted flavors that will hide my flavor/aroma hops?

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Old 01-02-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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For bittering almost all of my beers, I use Magnum- it's low coho keeps the bitterness smooth without much bite. If you're looking for more of a sharp bitterness (think Sierra Nevada), consider blending in a small amount of Chinook with your 60 minute addition.

I rarely FWH, but when I do I replace the 60 minute addition. I don't really see the point in this method and have never really noticed a difference. Another "fun" thing to try is mash hopping, in which case you'd want to use whatever your late addition hops are.

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For a long time I used Columbus for bittering IPA, right amount of "grab" for my tongue. I switched to HopShots for awhile after reading that places like Russian River and Hill Farmstead use it to reduce loss and vegetal flavor, but it was too smooth for my tastes. Recently gone with a blend of the two (5 ml of HopShot and 1.25 oz of Columbus @ 60 min in my last IPA) and have been pleased with the results.

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Magnum, Warrior, and Horizon are all good choices if you're looking for clean and smooth. I like a little Chinook sometimes, but that's at the other end of the spectrum.

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I use chinook exclusively for my ipas. I like the bitter. I don't think there is harshness. Maybe my tastebuds are wasted.

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I have used Chinook and Warrior for IPA's. They both turned out pretty darn good. I am going to be making a Zombiedust clone here in the next few months with the Citra I just purchased.

I've never used Citra, what can I expect from them?

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I don't think your tastebuds are wasted. I also use chinook on my IPAs. Falconer's flight is a great dual purpose bittering hop.

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One of my favorite combinations is chinook bittering, centennial aroma, and chinook dry hop. Fantastic.

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I've used Magnum many moons ago, I'll have to give it a try again along with Columbus. Hop shots sounds interesting as well. Thanks for the tips.

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