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Old 12-01-2012, 08:12 PM   #211
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Dry hopped Belma single hop petite saison, half with Belma only and the other with Belma/Saaz/Strisselspalt. I'm really digging Belma as an added dimension. Makes fruity hops seem less like one fruit and more like fruit salad, spicy a spice blend, etc. when I pull samples next week, I bet ill add a pinch of Nelson or sorachi to the currently Belma only carboy.



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Old 12-01-2012, 11:14 PM   #212
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The more I try my apa, the more I get strawberries and cream. It has a nice cream finish in my opinion. I added some of my all Belma apa to my Amarillo and Citra hop burst apa and it added some nice cream notes to the finish. Kind of an orange creamsicle flavor.



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Old 12-03-2012, 06:32 PM   #213
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So I'm back to update my dryhop criticism from a week or so ago:

The Pale Ale I made and dryhopped with Belma is actually quite good. The original flavor of the hops was really grassy, but it mellowed with time and is now more earthy and pungent...still not at all like a citra IMHO, although I did include a bit of citra in the finishing hop additions of this beer.

I think it makes a great pale ale, and I'd probably mix in a bit more Citra or maybe Amarillo next time to balance the earthiness out with some citrus.

I DO think the Farmhouse/Saison is a great beer for this hop....and will give that a try this summer probably.

Belma is ok. I probably won't dryhop too much with it, but my largely Belma Pale Ale is a fine beer, and Belma deserves the credit that goes with it.

It was a great 10 buck purchase (2 lbs)!!!!

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Old 12-03-2012, 08:19 PM   #214
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Sounds like a match made for some funky saisons in the summer. I'll load one up with some Amarillo and I think it'll be good.

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:09 PM   #215
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Just tasted wheat wine with belma/brewer's gold/nelson - fruit forward with a hoppy finish, goes well with WLP530.

Single Hop Belma petite saison & same dry hopped with belma/saaz/strisselspalt - The single hop has more muted character, the combo dry hop has a little bit more pop to it. Going to toss some oak in for the next week and then I guess it's time to keg.

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Anyone tried Belma/Sorachi? Picked up the last 2 lbs of hops I'm buying this year at post office and looking for an excuse to open the sorachi.

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:36 PM   #217
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Someone I read somewhere said they had a pro brewer comment that it's similar to a Galaxy type hop.

Funny that I figured the two would pair well, thats what I brewed.

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Old 12-03-2012, 11:06 PM   #218
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Someone I read somewhere said they had a pro brewer comment that it's similar to a Galaxy type hop.
I find that pretty unlikely. Galaxy is huge, in your face passionfruit and citrus, while I think the consensus on Belma is milder citrus, berries and pungent earthiness (which I definitely don't get with Galaxy). I just can't see Belma being even close to Galaxy given what people are saying about it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:15 AM   #219
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I just cracked open my Belma experiment, I must say this is a dang fine Brew! I intended it to be an IPA but it taste more like a strong Pale with a nice hoppy finish. I will post my recipe below for those that would like to try it. I think this may become my go to Pale.......

Engine Company 79 I.P.A.
Added By: bambam26
Method: All Grain
Style: American IPA
Boil Time: 90 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Efficiency: 70% (brew house)
Source: Bambam
Original Gravity: 1.062 Final Gravity: 1.015 ABV (standard): 6.2% IBU (tinseth): 92.55 SRM (morey): 8.29
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Amount Fermentable
12 lb Pale 2-Row
0.5 lb Caramel / Crystal 80L
0.25 lb Carapils (Dextrine Malt)
0.5 lb Munich - Light 10L
13.25 lb Total
Hops
Amount Variety Time AA Type Use
2 oz Belma 60 min 12.1 Leaf/Whole Boil
1 oz Cascade 10 min 7 Leaf/Whole Boil
1 oz Belma 3 min 12.1 Leaf/Whole Boil
1 oz Cascade 0 min 7 Leaf/Whole Aroma
1 oz Belma 7 days 12.1 Leaf/Whole Dry Hop
1 oz Cascade 7 days 7 Leaf/Whole Dry Hop
Mash Steps
Amount Description Type Temp Time
16 qt mash for 60 minutes/then drain first runnings Temperature 154 F 60 min
24 qt stir then drain after 20 mins Temperature 190 F 20 min
Yeast
White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001

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Looks like a solid recipe bambam. Seems like belma and cascade is a winning combo from alotta posts here. I just dry hopped an amber ipa (cascade, Willamette, Columbus) with 1.5 oz each cascade and belma. Can't wait to tap that keg next week!



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