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Old 05-15-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default What should I do with my Simcoe?

I've never brewed with Simcoe as it's always so hard to get. I managed to get 5 oz but have no idea what I should make. I'm thinking a DIPA perhaps.
Anyone have any favs they want to share?

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Old 05-15-2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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I'd do IPA or IIPA. I think it's a great hop for late flavor or aroma.

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Send it to me!

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This recipe was a huge hit at the last monthly meeting of my homebrew club. I brought it thinking it wouldn't do that well since it was extract-based but I got about a dozen compliments and some recipe requests. The Simcoe is definitely present without being overbearing and it's very drinkable. It's also more geared to the traditional American IPA then a double but the hop schedule is 100% solid if you want to scale it up for a double or convert it to all-grain. Fresh it is wonderfully hoppy yet balanced. After a few months of aging the bitterness definitely gets more in-line with the commercial Ranger IPA.

2.25oz of Simcoe per batch, but you'll need Cascade and Chinook also. If you brew it, please update the recipe thread -- it'll help me develop the recipe further.

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I've never brewed with Simcoe as it's always so hard to get. I managed to get 5 oz but have no idea what I should make. I'm thinking a DIPA perhaps.
Anyone have any favs they want to share?
This is one of the things that may be reciprocating the supposed shortage of Simcoe. It's like the shortage leads to higher demand, as people who don't even need/want simcoe buy it to hoard it. Just annoying to me.

Use the simcoe in some sort of IPA. Use it for flavor, aroma, or dry hopping. Don't waste it as a bittering hop.
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This recipe was a huge hit at the last monthly meeting of my homebrew club. I brought it thinking it wouldn't do that well since it was extract-based but I got about a dozen compliments and some recipe requests. The Simcoe is definitely present without being overbearing and it's very drinkable. It's also more geared to the traditional American IPA then a double but the hop schedule is 100% solid if you want to scale it up for a double or convert it to all-grain. Fresh it is wonderfully hoppy yet balanced. After a few months of aging the bitterness definitely gets more in-line with the commercial Ranger IPA.

2.25oz of Simcoe per batch, but you'll need Cascade and Chinook also. If you brew it, please update the recipe thread -- it'll help me develop the recipe further.

Cheers!
Thanks for the link. I might give it a try and had a similar suggestion from my LHBS guru. Though, the last time I made a DIPA with cane sugar, it wasn't the best IMHO. 21% seems like alot to me though I've not made too many DIPA.
I do like the balance of the Simcoe and Cascades.
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If you don't want a high gravity brew, I'd suggest the CYBI clone of Uinta Wyld Pale Ale. It is a session strength (5%) beer. Delicious and features Simcoe.

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I had great success with making a Bell's two-hearted clone with all simcoe instead of all centennial. Can't wait for simcoe to become available so I can make it again.

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Make sure you dry hop with it, whatever you do. 2oz I would say. I'm dry hopping with 2oz right now and it smells great. Also had 2oz in the boil with some Centennial. Can't wait to drink it.

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Simcoe is awesome. Can't go wrong with an American IPA or Pale with some simcoe in it. I hear some people don't like it but I think its a really great hop and only regret that I didn't discover it sooner.

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