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Old 01-15-2013, 01:11 AM   #1
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Default Does Galena taste like oxidation?

A few weeks ago, I brewed a pale ale with Galena for bittering hops. Now that I'm drinking it, I've realized I'm not a fan of Galena. It almost tastes like my beer has oxidized a little bit, but I'm wondering if it's just the Galena hops.

Does Galena taste a little like oxidation?

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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I would not say that galena hops taste like oxidation. I might call their bitterring component a little on the strong/pungent/harsh side of things, but not oxidized.

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Thanks for the comment. At any rate, I don't plan on using Galena anymore. Unfortunately, I still have 2 oz. in my freezer.

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Are you sure the beer isn't oxidized? You can make a tea with some of your remaining Galena to double check. I heard on the Brewing Network that the brewers at Anchor test out new varieties of hops by uncapping a bottle of Bud Light, dropping in some hops, recapping, and drinking after a (I forget how long) period of time.

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Give it some time before you drink it up. I use it for bittering and even a dry hop experiment which my buddies that like ipa's with a bite preferred. The key is to let it age 4-5 weeks. When it is green I describe it is as metallic and weird, but it comes around after it mellows. Especially in a pale ale that doesn't have a ton of hops to cover it up.

It is minty and pleasant with some age. Almost neutral but more interesting. But I don't exceed 25 ibus with the bittering addition.

I just threw in an ounce as a dry hop along with Columbus and Amarillo in a hoppy amber.

With that said, it is not in the same league with Columbus or Chinook as my favorite pale/ipa bittering hops. But I really like it in stouts and darker beers.

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