Originally Posted by cgravier
...although hallertauer are considered a lager hop, there is nothing written in stone that says you cant use them in an ale. they are considered one of the best german hops in the history of the world...
another option is to put them in your pillow, and supposedly youll have weird dreams at night.
Where did you read Hallertaus are for lagers? I know you can use them in lagers (the borders get shadier every day), but not as the main hop. Hallertaus are used mainly in German Hefe Weizens, which are ales.
I've been drinking HWs since I lived in Germany (1975). All I've known them to use are Hallertau (region between Ingolstadt and Munchen), Spalt (southwest of Nurnberg), and Tettnang (down at the south east section of Lake Constance). I've been to the hop fields in all those areas, including Saaz farms in the Czech Republic, but if you know something I don't, I am willing to learn.
As for IPAs, originally British, I would use a British hop and not a German one.
Use fresh hops for your Hop Pillow, not pellets. You'll end up with hop oil soaking into the pillow case and sheets. (Not that I know this from experience. It's just a logical deduction).
If you boil hops in water alone your house will smell like pot. This I do know from experience.