Originally Posted by RLinNH
The Alphas are on par. Northern Brewer was 8.5, and the Centennial is 9.1. It's the 30 minute hop addition in a Russian Imperial Stout. I HATE to do it, but for some reason, I can't for the life of me find the Northern Brewer. I'm thinking that my friggin imaginary friend ate them(that would be the 2 kids
). I think I'll be alright. What do you think?
Boy, I'd sure think real hard about going with Fuggles/Willamette or Yak Goldings. You'll need half again as much but they won't change the flavor like Centennials will. Centennials rule and are the backbone of my standard IPA, but I love 'em for their pine-grapefruit taste and I don't think you want that in a stout. They will give you a brand-new taste experience. It might taste great. But you're looking at betting five gallons and six months on it...
If you do, let us know how it turns out!