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Old 03-21-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default Anyone ever used 100% Columbus hops?

I am interested to hear from anyone who has ever done a smash with Columbus hops or just made a recipe that uses them late in the boil as well as dry hopped.

I have been playing with an Amber recipe for weeks and keep changing the hops around. I am now thinking about using Columbus at 60min, 20min, and 10min. Then combining Columbus, Centennial, & Cascade at around 3 mins and dry hopped.



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Old 03-21-2011, 11:47 PM   #2
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I made an Amherst Anniversary Ale Clone (from BYO 250 clone recipies):

11.9 lbs Pale Ale Malt
1.16 lbs Carafoam
1.16 lbs light crystal
.58 lbs melanoiden malt

.4 oz Columbus hops (60 min)
.87 oz Columbus hops (45 min)
.75 oz Columbus hops (5 min)
1 oz Columbus hops (0 min)

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I dry hopped with 2 oz of Simcoe just to mix it up, but you could easily dry hop with anything else. Have fun!



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Well how was it?!?!? Did you like what Columbus did for the beer?

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It turned out really well!! I felt that it worked well in an IPA. Paired well with simcoe too. Very smooth tasting and bittering. I would have like to dry hop with it too, to get the full characteristics, but it was nice the way it was.

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I have a batch of EdWort's Bee Cave Brewery Haus Pale Ale clearing up in primary. It calls for all cascade hops. Obviously I can't really say how the final product will taste yet, but from the hydrometer samples I've pulled it tastes quite good. Right now I would compare the flavor to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Citrus flavor with a nice bite from the portion I used for bittering. Still very green right now, so I'll post final tasting results on this page http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f66/bee-cave-brewery-haus-pale-ale-31793/ after it has been in the bottle for a month or so.

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I have not used them 100% But the IPA's in my sig both used them throughout the boil in conjunction with Cascade.

The result is favorable. It is a dual-purpose hop.

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It turned out really well!! I felt that it worked well in an IPA. Paired well with simcoe too. Very smooth tasting and bittering. I would have like to dry hop with it too, to get the full characteristics, but it was nice the way it was.
I have about a half a keg left of the Amherst Clone, came out well but was expecting more of a pale ale when I brewed it. Tastes more like an IPA.
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I used 100% columbus in a 2nd runnings beer, sort of a session pale, 1.034 gravity ~34 ibus and was quite nice and refreshing.

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I'm just finishing up a keg of Columbus IPA. It's all Columbus throughout the boil and then I decided to do a dry hop with Cascade (not in the recipe) since I like to dry hop my IPA's. I was very pleased with the way it turned out. Like trevor said...pretty smooth. It paired well with the Cascade.

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I have 4lbs of vacume packed whole columbus in the freezer I got off ebay a while back I'v been wanting to do something with.
Do they have very much of a citrus taste?



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