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Old 09-23-2009, 02:22 AM   #1
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Default If you could only use 2 or 3 varieties of hops

I was thinking about ordering a couple pounds of hops off of hops direct. I dont really brew that much but I still think it would save me money if I ordered in bulk. If I cant use it all then I have some friends that can probably take some off me.

What varieties would you buy if you could only get 2 or 3 varieties for most of your brews? I am sure ill buy a few ounces locally when needed for certain beers.

I am pretty sure that Ill get centennial just because I want to make something similar to two hearted but i am not sure of the other 1-2 varieties to get.

Also wondering if you would get pellet or whole hops? And if anyone knows when this years pellets come available on hopsdirect.

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Old 09-23-2009, 02:26 AM   #2
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Amarillo !

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Old 09-23-2009, 02:26 AM   #3
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Depends what you like to brew. EKG if you like English ales. Hallertau if you like german beers (also good for some Belgians). A high-alpha clean bittering hop for all-around use (Magnum).

My last order was a pound each of EKG, Target, Centennial and EKG.

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It all depends on the styles of beers that you like. If you want to do a Two Hearted, the Centennial is a must have. I like to keep Biermunchers Centennial Blonde on tap so that also includes cascade. The cascade is also used in EdWort's Haus Pale Ale.

For Hopsdirect price of $6.75 and it's universal use I also keep Willamette on hand. With the current prices, it sure makes it tough to decide, but it is nice to be able to buy 2 or 3 for the same price I've paid for one recently. Good luck deciding.

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Saaz
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Cascade

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I meant to say what styles i brew in the original post. I do not brew any lagers at all right now so probably not any german style beer and probably not many belgian styles. Mostly beers with american hops and occasional english styles. \

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I wouldn't really know but Goldings have served me well so far. Also if you keep pellets in the fridge they should last for up to a couple of years as far as I know so it might be worth investing in enough to make a few brews since it will last a long time, better have someone confirm that though

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I'd get a general bittering hops (I went with Galena) and a few fancy hops. Like another post said, though, it depends on the styles you tend to enjoy and make most often. If American ales, for example, go with Cascade and/or Amarillo. Buy what you like.

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I've got the same problem...I'm thinking Magnum, Willamette and Cascade.

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I would recommend Cascade/Centennial, EKG, Saaz, Hallertau and Magnum for bittering. Obviously if you don't brew certain styles then these recommendations might exclude a certain variety. These varieties should cover most styles though.

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