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Old 03-09-2012, 03:18 AM   #1
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Default Simcoe Hop replacement for double IPA

I have never done an all grain batch, though my friend is coming over in a few weeks to basically show me the ropes. I want to do an IIPA but my lhbs doesn't have Simcoe hops. Should I be looking for another hop of the same alpha acid or flavour profile? There is a brew 365 chart that recommends Northern Brewer hops (which I can get) as a substitute but the AA's are 4% lower than Simcoe hops. Any suggestions?

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Old 03-09-2012, 03:37 AM   #2
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If you want something high in AA's and with a piney flavor, I'd recommend Chinook. I think it's a great hop for bittering, flavor and aroma and the best part is there's no protections on them so they always seem to be available.

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Old 03-09-2012, 03:43 AM   #3
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My LHBS has them available, but not sure if they ship international. You could use the Northern Brewer and adjust for the difference in AA if that is easier for you. The Chinook sounds good too. Either way, it will be beer and probably damn fine at that.

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Old 03-09-2012, 04:16 AM   #4
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I think Summit is the closest to Simcoe...it isn't quite as piney but it has a powerful aroma like Simcoe. Personally I do not like Chinook as a Bittering hop for a big hop beer, it gets a little too harsh IMPO.
The best IIPA bittering hops in my opinion are Columbus and Magnum, with Summit almost there...

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I think Summit is the closest to Simcoe...it isn't quite as piney but it has a powerful aroma like Simcoe. Personally I do not like Chinook as a Bittering hop for a big hop beer, it gets a little too harsh IMPO.
The best IIPA bittering hops in my opinion are Columbus and Magnum, with Summit almost there...
This is pretty funny. I guess our tastes are opposite. I can spot an IPA bittered with Columbus a mile away and I've even sent a few of them back. I don't know what it is about that hop, Chinook and Columbus have about the same Cohumulone percentage, but beers made with them always seems harsh and astringent to me.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:12 PM   #6
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This is pretty funny. I guess our tastes are opposite. I can spot an IPA bittered with Columbus a mile away and I've even sent a few of them back. I don't know what it is about that hop, Chinook and Columbus have about the same Cohumulone percentage, but beers made with them always seems harsh and astringent to me.
I'm trying to learn more and more about hops. IPAs bittered with Warrior seem to have the same astringency that, to my palate, is very off-putting.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:58 PM   #7
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I'm trying to learn more and more about hops. IPAs bittered with Warrior seem to have the same astringency that, to my palate, is very off-putting.
Usually people say cohumulone is the reason for astringency in bittering hops but there's got to be more to it. Of course it may not be the hop at all and just the brewing procedure causing the problems. One of these days, I'll have to do a few SMaSH brews with high and low cohumulone hops and plot their perceived astringency against their alpha acid compositions to see if I can find a correlation but I have a lot of beers on my list before I do that.
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I love the smoothness of Magnum for bittering, and I've heard a combination of Magnum and Summit can approximate Simcoe.

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I have tried to find a sub for simcoe. I have tried many combinations of different hop varieties and non have come close to tasting like simcoe. I'm beginning to believe there is just no good replacement for simcoe. But I am really picky so if I did find something close I'm sure it would not be good enough for me. Simcoes distinct flavor is so addicting I guess I need the real thing.

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Hopshack.com had some about a month ago. I took it up the you know what to get a lb. Quick shipping and good shipping rates though.

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