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SouthBay 05-17-2012 01:43 AM

So, I dont like Cluster hops ...
Seriously, I think they kind of taste like feet.

Made a lager with US 2-row, Munich, and Vienna, using Saflager w34/70, and Cluster hops. I just hope this hot weather keeps up so I can down this brew.

jonmohno 05-17-2012 02:24 AM

hmmm.old hops.dont fret. I have many a good hop that i got screwed with it think, i cant say for certain feet,maybe vegetabaly. Did you smell feet when you opened them.Thanks for any feed back its a hop i havent used yet,it just sounds like a classic aged/old hop.It is usually buttery or cheesy like maybe even feet. Did you have good temps for bottleing/ferment? Not shure if i would come to conclusions with this-hop,but maybe some other peoples testimonies may help.
Did you lager/conditon properly?

bierhaus15 05-17-2012 02:33 AM

They can be a bit "catty" in large amounts, but never heard of em tasting like feet. I actually think they're nice in CAP and cream ales when used for bittering. Maybe there is something else going on...

SouthBay 05-17-2012 01:42 PM

Yeah, i'm thinking they must be old. I bought some in bulk a while back, and still had 6oz sitting around (in the freezer, but not vacuum sealed). So, i figured I'd make my version of a CAP (no corn, though). The beer is otherwise great, but every 3rd bottle or so has an off taste that is most definitely coming from the hops.

I've heard Cluster can smell like cat piss, but these smelled fresh-ish when i used them (it was a lager, so that was like 2-3 months back), and I didnt get that particular aroma at that point. Now, though, theres a faint hint of .... something. I think its kind of funky, but not cheesy. I'm going to chalk it up to the age of the hops AND the breed, and go with fresh Magnum next time

GilaMinumBeer 05-17-2012 01:58 PM

I think you are tasting the wrong feet.

SouthBay 05-17-2012 02:16 PM

I guess thats true. My point of reference is fairly limited, to only the feet i've tasted before. And maybe those feet taste like Cluster hops.

GilaMinumBeer 05-17-2012 03:10 PM


Originally Posted by SouthBay (Post 4093776)
I guess thats true. My point of reference is fairly limited, to only the feet i've tasted before. And maybe those feet taste like Cluster hops.

Feet should washed before tasting.

Hops should be boiled first.

Confuse the two and you will know.

SkinnyShamrock 05-17-2012 03:45 PM

I agree with you. Never liked them either.

Brewskii 05-17-2012 04:19 PM

The exact character of oxidized hops is "cheesy" but it is sharp like sharp provolone. Incidentally, gym socks sometimes smell the same way as do the feet inside them.

I'm certain that your hops are oxidized. Get rid of them.

SouthBay 05-19-2012 03:07 AM

consider it done. Those dang hops will never rear their ugly toes in my brew kettle again!

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