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Old 10-24-2012, 04:17 PM   #21
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Changed my mind, brewing a Zombie Dust clone subbing all Belma this weekend

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Old 10-24-2012, 04:19 PM   #22
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That's what I did. Started my dry hop yesterday
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:23 PM   #23
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That's what I did. Started my dry hop yesterday
Awesome, post your results.
My nephew's 21st birthday is in Dec. I'll brew this up and bottle some for his party
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:54 AM   #24
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Timely thread, I couldn't resist ordering 2lbs of Belmas and a lb of Legacy, got them yesterday. I may do a 40 minute boil of a Pale Ale with Magnums for bittering, then split the batch into a second kettle and add Belma's for flavor, aroma in one, Legacy's to the other for the last 20 minutes of the boil...and dry hop both with their respective hops.

Once I get a feel for them, I have an "ABC" double IPA in mind. Amarillo, Belma and Cascade (or Citra).

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Old 10-25-2012, 12:56 AM   #25
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Got mine in yesterday... The smell awesome def get some strawberry melon like whiffs

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Old 10-25-2012, 01:04 AM   #26
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haha, no crap! I just made a recipe for that in Beersmith today, all Belma. My friend and I are brewing 10 gallons of it on monday. I ordered 4 lbs of them.

I am calling mine Mummy Crumbs IPA
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I am calling mine Mummy Crumbs IPA
Oh I like that, might borrow it
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Oh I like that, might borrow it

of course, dibs on credit though.

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Old 10-26-2012, 05:39 AM   #29
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Day 6 gravity check and tasting of Belma Pale Ale. Gravity at 1.011 (OG 1.052 35 IBU), so that is done.
Now for the aroma: Mild, somewhat citrusy, can't quite find the right words, but somewhat orange citrusy and noble-like. Reminds me a bit of crystal hops. Nice. Not very pungent compared to most NW hops.

Taste: The bitterness is nice, firm. The taste is also nice, but subtle...I guess mildly spicy/ fruity? Adding 1 oz dry hops tonight- so will try to get a good take on the aroma next week.
Current Overall Impression at this very early tasting is that its a decent hop. My gut is that it will blend nicely with more aggressive NW hops. I could see using this in an IPA or APA in a supporting role.

Will update as more information comes availible

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I had an IPA that was done fermenting when my Belma came in so it was easy for me to use them as dry hops.
My hop schedule was:
1oz Magnum 60min
1oz Magnum 30min
1oz Cascade 10min
1oz Cascade 1 min

I typically dry hop my IPA with 1oz Cascade. Since I wanted as much Belma as possible, I dry hopped for 3 days with 1.75oz, then replaced that with 1oz for 3 days, then replaced that with 1oz for the last 3 days.

When I was moving it to the keg I was disappointed by the lack for aroma. I was expecting it to knock me over as soon as I opened the fermenter. I instead got a soft aroma, very pleasant. After carbing, I poured 1 draft last night. I poured into a wine globe and the hops blast I was hoping for was definitely there. Since I've only had the one pour, I can't give an extensive review.
The pineapple aroma that most people have been picking up comes through beautifully on the nose. I got floral notes as well. The palate was very soft, the citrus comes through nicely. Not as bold as the citrus notes in Citra, but I think that is where this hops will shine. It is a very flavorful taste, without being overbearing.

I read some notes people had said about it being a weak hops. I can understand why they would feel that, but I wouldn't describe it as weak, merely soft. It isn't lacking in flavor, so much as it presents it softly instead of smacking you in the face with it.

Will it replace Citra? No. However, I feel it will compliment it nicely, and offer an alternative, especially when the brewer is looking for a more sessionable IPA.

I am going to brew a single hops APA to further acquaint myself with it, but I can tell you already that this is a hops I will definitely keep in rotation.

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