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Old 06-28-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Does anyone know where I can buy citra hops, or alternatively, if there is any reasonably close substitute? Every place I have looked, locally and online, either doesn't carry citra or is sold out. From what I have read citra is a difficult hop to sub for because it has a unique profile. HELP!

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Old 06-28-2012, 07:52 PM   #2
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If you can't find it, try using Columbus, or Simcoe, as they are also high alpha acid hops with citrus characteristics. You're right, Citra is unique, but those would be suitable subs. Simcoe is hard to find this time of year as well, so you may have to go with Columbus. If you aren't worried about the hop having high alpha acids, pretty much any American 'C' hop would do.

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Old 06-28-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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Pellets are in stock at Northern Brewer:

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Old 06-28-2012, 10:29 PM   #4
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If you can't find it, try using Columbus, or Simcoe, as they are also high alpha acid hops with citrus characteristics. You're right, Citra is unique, but those would be suitable subs. Simcoe is hard to find this time of year as well, so you may have to go with Columbus. If you aren't worried about the hop having high alpha acids, pretty much any American 'C' hop would do.
i disagree. columbus and simcoe are very unique themselves and do not serve as a substitute for citra which is also very unique. like someone else pointed out, northern brewer has them in stock. i buy them by the pound, whatever the price, since they run out so fast.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:33 PM   #5
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I agree, as I said that citra is unique, but let's pretend N. Brewer didn't have it and he simply couldn't find it. Given it's high AA content and flavor characteristic, what would you say is the closest sub?

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Old 06-28-2012, 10:56 PM   #6
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, i just ordered a pound.

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Old 06-28-2012, 11:07 PM   #7
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MoreBeer does not have Citra hops in stock, but they are still selling the kit for (both AG and Extract), which contains 2 ounces of Citra. I'm not suggesting you pay $25 for 2 ounces of Citra hops, but if you've got Citra on the mind and want to brew a kickass kit, that is an option. I've made two kits' worth so far, and the end result has been universally lauded by friends (and me).

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I agree, as I said that citra is unique, but let's pretend N. Brewer didn't have it and he simply couldn't find it. Given it's high AA content and flavor characteristic, what would you say is the closest sub?
galaxy, or so i hear. galaxy is another rare hop but supposedly closer to citra than simcoe or columbus. my house pale ale, and 2nd place winner in this yrs World Beer Cup, is hopped with citra and simcoe and one is not really like the other outside of the fact that they are both high alpha acid hops. if i made that beer with two other types of hops it would not be the same beer, might be tasty but not the same. with the shortage of citra and simcoe i'm constantly on the prowl for those hops and always buy a pound as soon as i see them in stock somewhere. i bought a pound of galaxy (@ $55, ouch!) to see if it really is close to citra, they smell similar in the bag but the batch i brewed with them is still in the fermentor so i'm not sure how close it really is to citra.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:44 AM   #9
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Brew your own has a label contest every year.
One beer was an all Citra pale ale or IPA. Label had hops on it and a donkey sitting down. Beer was called Citra Ass Down.

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Old 06-29-2012, 02:42 AM   #10
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I consider myself lucky that my local brew store has pellet and whole cone citra and simcoe in stock and not end to the madness!

Citra is a fantastic finishing hop, I hear that it's not that great as a 60 min addition, but awesome for the juicy citrus profile towards the end.

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