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Old 10-24-2011, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Not-so-mystery hops brewing

I have a unique chance of testing a variety of locally grown hops (native, yet there is a lack of information and the owner wants to know what we can use these hops for.) All the hops have been tested for their alpha properties, so making a balanced beer should be relatively easy.

So, from what I know #1, it's easy to know what aroma hops will give by crushing them and doing a smell test. #2 bittering is fairly simple as we know the alpha %. The last thing we need to know is flavor imparted and that is only known in making a brew with them and trying it out. So my question is that: what type of beer should be made so as to be able to test out the flavors? I was thinking of a simple, quick aging English Bitter, Belgium Saison or Pale Ale. I would try to brew 2-3 of the same grain bill, yeast, bittering hop and just do different flavor hops. Then do a drink test.

Any thoughts on this? What am I missing?!?

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Old 10-24-2011, 04:02 PM   #2
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My first thought was a PA so you get a real idea what the hops are like.

Interesting.

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I agree,a pale ale's lighter malt profile would show case the hop's abilities a lot more than a very malty EB or the like.
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Thanks. I decided a simple 2row pale ale with a 1/2 lb. of crystal 40 using magnum hops to bitter would be a good base. I will then try certain variations on the flavoring hops at 15 min and 5 min aroma hops additions. Should be light enough to let the hops shine through!

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I'd use those hops in 3 additions starting at 20 minutes.
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