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Old 10-19-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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Default Hop Identification.

A buddy of mine that works @ a local brewery gave me an 11lb bag of hops that HE could not identify. Any guesses on how to tell what they are???????

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Old 10-19-2011, 02:28 PM   #2
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Oh, and I should have added that they are in pellet form.

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:23 PM   #3
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iff you send me a couple of pounds I could help you I'd them.... J/k

I'm thinking there's really noway to tell but could be wrong...(does it have a name on the box?

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:27 PM   #4
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Do a simple smash recipe?

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:33 PM   #5
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find out what hops that brewery works with most, if they have 11 lb bags you can assume they use it fairly often. Once the list is shortened. You can compare the site and smell to a small portion.

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do some sciencey ****

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Old 10-19-2011, 04:02 PM   #6
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Smash recipe??

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They use about 10 different varities that come in 11lb bags. Yikes!!

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What do they smell like? Go by the smells or make a small gallon batch of SMaSH beer and use the taste and smell to identify them maybe dry hop with them to increase the aroma

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smash=single malt, single hop. Use a base malt like regular 2 row, MO, etc. and then use your mystery hops. Since you have no idea what they are or their AA%, maybe you should use a known hop at 60 for bittering and then concentrate on flavor/aroma additions to get a sense of the hop's character.

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Old 10-19-2011, 06:17 PM   #10
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I would just plan to use them as aromatic additions on brews here and there. You don't know the IBU's, so you would be guessing if you used them for bittering and it could really screw them up.

What do they smell like? Do you have an exceptional sense of taste/smell?

I bet if you gave me the bag and the name of the 11 hops I could narrow it down to at least 2-3 if not the correct one. But I don't think that matters. I think they are totally usable as aromatic late boil hops without even know what they are. Just smell them and think if they would help a pale ale or an IPA. Bet they would do just fine

You could do a smash, but that is a lot of work for a potentially eh brew that you would either use for starters, toss or drink. Not saying you can't make a good smash brew. Am saying I think you can tell what they are on the front end by smelling etc without all the work.

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