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Old 11-19-2009, 01:32 AM   #1
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I'm thinking of buying my hops from Hopsdirect but since I'm new to brewing I'm unsure what to buy. I'm looking to buy some versitle hops to be used in Barleywines, IPA's, and Pale Ales. If I was going to buy three different kinds, which three would provide a good overall hop profile?

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Old 11-19-2009, 01:37 AM   #2
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Galena (bittering), Cascade (all-round), and Willamette (aroma) would probably cover your bases pretty well.

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Old 11-19-2009, 01:43 AM   #3
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Each of us will have a different answer! It really depends on what you make the most. I make mostly APAs, IPAs, and a few steam beers.

So I bought amarillo, northern brewer (for my steam beer), cascade, magnum (for bittering) and willamette. I have no idea why I bought the willamette, as I never use it, but it was $9.25/pound and I thought I'd give it a try.

If you make more English styles, you'll want fuggles or East Kent Goldings. If you're a Belgian fan, you'll want Styrian Goldings. For mostly German beers, you'll want hallertauer or tettnang. If you're a pilsner nut, you'll want saaz.

Generally, for American style beers, a couple of "c" hops: centennial, cascade, chinook- are what you'll need. I have grown to love amarillo hops in my IPA, so I use that often. I also use tons of cascades.

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I also brew a lot of IPAs -- I'd buy a high-alpha neutral bittering hop (magnum) and a couple of nice aromatic, citrusy American hops (cascade, amarillo). Amarillo is my favorite... I have 4 pounds of it in my freezer right now.

But those are just my favorites; as Yooper said, everyone will answer differently.

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Old 11-19-2009, 02:00 AM   #5
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I have no idea why I bought the willamette, as I never use it, but it was $9.25/pound and I thought I'd give it a try.
Funny, i did the same thing with my Galena. Used it once. Maybe we should trade.

To the OP, if you know what beers you might might in the near future, you can see what kind of hops you will use. I bought a lb of cascade last friday because i know i'm going to be using at least 2 oz in the next two beers i'm making. At less than $9 for the lb, it made sense to buy the whole lb and find more beers to make with it later. If you like the american beers then the C's are good hops, if you like english beers then stay away and get the goldings.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:11 AM   #6
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Limited to what hops direct sells and assuming the American variant of the three listed styles:

Amarillo, cascade, centennial

assuming the English version:

Target, Styrian Goldings, UK Fuggles

Assuming a mixture of both

Cascade, Centennial, Styrian Goldings

I would really rather have Kent Goldings than Styrian Goldings, but hops direct doesn't carry them.

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I would go with cascade, amarillo, and either fuggles or US Goldings, (the american version of East Kent Goldings). Cascade and amarillo for all my APAs and IPAs, goldings for stouts/porters.

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I would go with cascade, amarillo, and either fuggles or US Goldings, (the american version of East Kent Goldings). Cascade and amarillo for all my APAs and IPAs, goldings for stouts/porters.
+1, plus simcoe and warrior from nikobrew.
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I would buy fuggles...simply because I laugh every time I say it!!

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+1 for the "c" hops...chinook, centennial, cascade..amarillo also...i'm a little biased though because i love ipa's.

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