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Old 01-15-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Bulk Hops-I'm torn

I have a hop predicament. I'm sick of paying almost $4 an ounce of hops at my LHBS, its really driving up my overhead on batches. I'm planning on doing a Two Hearted clone as my first AG, it requires like 5oz of centennial.

Online hop shopping sounds great to me, but with shipping included the cheaper price per ounce just about equals out. Buying by the pound seems great, but I dont want to be stuck with a pound of hops that I wont use.

Can someone give me a good list of the most versatile hop varieties in case I decide to order a couple pounds? I need centennial for the IPA, cascade is an obvious option, I just need something that I can use, and I dont know what I want to brew further than one brew ahead.

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What do you usually like to drink? That influences our recommendations a lot.

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Can someone give me a good list of the most versatile hop varieties in case I decide to order a couple pounds? I need centennial for the IPA, cascade is an obvious option, I just need something that I can use, and I dont know what I want to brew further than one brew ahead.
If you like the Americans (IPA, APA) Get Cascade and Centennial.

If you like the Germans (Hefe, German Lagers) Get Halletauer and Northern Brewer.

If you like the eastern europeans, just get Saaz.

If you like the Belgians, get Halletauer and Cascade.

Let me know if none of these fit.
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If you like the Americans (IPA, APA) Get Cascade and Centennial.

If you like the Germans (Hefe, German Lagers) Get Halletauer and Northern Brewer.

If you like the eastern europeans, just get Saaz.

If you like the Belgians, get Halletauer and Cascade.

Let me know if none of these fit.
If you like the British, get Goldings and Fuggles
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If you like the British, get Goldings and Fuggles
Thanks for the help.
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+1 on Centennial. I use a lot of it and it is very versatile.

Also, Magnum is a very clean bittering hop and I use it to bitter most of my beers.

If you're buying in bulk, some sort of vacuum sealer system (i.e. Foodsaver) will let you store hops much longer, especially in the freezer. I've got Centennial and Magnum, and just bought a pound each of Centennial, Amarillo and Willamette. With those 4 hops, I can do many beer styles.

If you buy by the pound from a place like Puterbaugh Farms (hopsdirect.com), you'll even get more than a pound. They average about 18 oz. per pound. I figure, even with shipping included, my 3 pounds will be about $40. That comes to about $.77 an ounce.

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They average about 18 oz. per pound. I figure, even with shipping included, my 3 pounds will be about $40. That comes to about $1.35 an ounce.
Calculate that again. $40/(3*18) = $0.77/oz
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Calculate that again. $40/(3*18) = $0.77/oz
Sorry. You're right. Long week; I divided backwards.
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Calculate that again. $40/(3*18) = $0.77/oz
GTpro, if you want, you can buy more than two pounds, use half, and send half to me. Still be a cost savings!
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+1 for Magnum, plus it's a very high alpha acid hop so you get even more bang for your buck.

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