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Old 11-30-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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I was discussing beer tastes with a friend of mine that states his beer preference as "the hoppier the better", and I thought I would posit:

How much is too much in regards to hops?

I know they're used to balance sweetness, but at what point could I make a bitter beer drinker pucker and say "that's too much"...?

Good responses would also be posting some of the hoppier beers on the market and some of the hoppiest recipes you've seen. Much appreciation in advance!!



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Old 11-30-2012, 09:14 PM   #2
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Over 100 IBU is a waste of hops



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Old 11-30-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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Randy Mosher's book "radical brewing" has a recipe from someone in Nashville that calls himself the Hop God. The recipe calls for 2 pounds of hops with a calculated IBU of 473. I think there would be more hop solids than usable wort but it just goes to show that what one person might find insane is another persons gold. Over all I agree with nightshade, human taste buds can't really detect any differences between IBU's after 100.

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You will never get a straight answer for this one! Everyone tastes things differently. Some are sensitive to the bitter flavor, some not. Some are sensitive to the floral hops, some the dank hops, some the pine hops...

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human taste buds can't really detect any differences between IBU's after 100.
I disagree - A 15% beer compared to a 4% beer, or a dry beer compared to a malty beer with the same IBUs will have a ridiculously different hop profiles/tastes. If you don't believe me, try a dogfish 120; 120 IBUs and cant taste a damn one of them!
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The amount that, depending on one's brewing system, would create so much trub (or absorb so much wort), that one couldn't rack at least 5 gallons to your primary.

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How dare you ask!!!!

Ive had Founders devil dancer (great balanced TripIPA) which is labeled as 200+, For such a large beer i couldnt see it over 120-130 in actuality...
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I disagree - A 15% beer compared to a 4% beer, or a dry beer compared to a malty beer with the same IBUs will have a ridiculously different hop profiles/tastes. If you don't believe me, try a dogfish 120; 120 IBUs and cant taste a damn one of them!
Yea all you taste is Jetfuel.....

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Too many hops? BLASPHEMY!!!!!!!



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