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Old 03-04-2014, 10:53 PM   #11
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Default any one tried Belma hops?

I got some crusader hops last week! Any 1 tried these yet?


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Old 03-05-2014, 01:51 AM   #12
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I've used belma for bittering. I got them cheap and they have a high Alpha percentage. They worked nicely


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Old 03-05-2014, 01:59 AM   #13
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I had Saranac Brewing's Wild Hop Pils about 2 weeks ago, made with Belma hops. It was the last bottle in the store, over in the mix and match section. Boy, I wish I had a case of it.

That Pils was very clean and refreshing, but unlike the greener tastes I get from Saaz-hopped pilsners, this beer had a "purple" aroma to it. It was sort of reminiscent of Brewer's Gold, with a kick of berries and blackcurrants; Fuggles, with sort of a herbal-to-floral, woody note, and something American and sweetly resinous without tasting of grapefruit peel. It was just perfect on that pils.

TL;DR: Belma is one tasty hop. Use it well.

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Old 03-05-2014, 02:48 AM   #14
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Ill save my money I was going to get a pound next order, but im re-thinking that

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Old 04-12-2014, 03:26 AM   #15
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I brewed a Brett Saison with Belma Sunday. Pulled a sample last night and it tastes really good. I get some nice berry flavors from the Belma that goes well with the esters from the Saison yeast. I'm really excited to see how the hops an the brett play together down the road. I'm happy to share the recipe if anyone is interested.

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Old 04-12-2014, 03:32 AM   #16
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I brewed an all Belma APA/IPA. HUGE stawberry flavor for me. Eventually, mellowed and I enjoyed it. But, I have no plans to use any more.

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I brewed an all Belma APA/IPA. HUGE stawberry flavor for me. Eventually, mellowed and I enjoyed it. But, I have no plans to use any more.

Your results may vary.
I'm sitting on 1# of Belma, and interested in an all-Belma brew. What would you have done differently?
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Strawberries! Pair them with a hops that goes with the berry thing. I don't think they bitter all that well. Seemed somewhat "muddy" on bittering. If that makes sense.

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What I would do differently if I brewed an all Belma again:

I used approx. 82% 2-row, 12% Munich (light) and 6% C-40. I'd drop the C-40 to C-20 and lower it to about 3% and switch the Munich to Vienna. I would think about dropping the Vienna too. The strawberry taste needs to be paired with a pretty dry beer IMO.

SG was about 1.74 to about and IBUs were about 42. I'd lower the SG to about 1.066 and raise the IBUs to 60ish.

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What I would do differently if I brewed an all Belma again:

I used approx. 82% 2-row, 12% Munich (light) and 6% C-40. I'd drop the C-40 to C-20 and lower it to about 3% and switch the Munich to Vienna. I would think about dropping the Vienna too. The strawberry taste needs to be paired with a pretty dry beer IMO.

SG was about 1.74 to about and IBUs were about 42. I'd lower the SG to about 1.066 and raise the IBUs to 60ish.
Awesome thanks. What about hop additions? Any thoughts on fwh / hop stand / dry hop with Belma and maybe bittering with something cleaner like magnum?
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