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Old 11-20-2012, 05:20 PM   #2401
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I brewed this with CTZ and Cascade as it was what I had on hand. Either I should have FWH the CTZ or I'm finding that hop leaves a real bite that I'm not fond of in lower IBU beers. I'm thinking of doing Nugget and Cascade next time. The beer is good, a little over-hopped and the bite is there. Tastes more like a Pale Ale than a Blonde, which means my wife likes it a little less. Good simple recipe that I'll do again with different hops. Glad I'm learning more about my hops though. I like buying in bulk, but knowing which work best with different styles is key.
That's interesting to note. I've never used CTZ, but I had to use the "Centennial Type" hops due to the Centennial shortage, and the beer turned out great.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #2402
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That's interesting to note. I've never used CTZ, but I had to use the "Centennial Type" hops due to the Centennial shortage, and the beer turned out great.
A good high-alpha hop for hoppier pales and IPA's/anything that you need a good, cheap bittering addition. I've noticed the sharpness before, though but it was well-masked in a pale/IPA that's supposed to have some bite.

Cohumulone in CTZ is in the 30's where it's in the 20's for Nugget, my fast-growing favorite for bittering. I'm a believer that cohumulone matters, personally.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #2403
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Thanks for your notes on that, tre9er, I have a bunch of Columbus to use up and it's good to properly anticipate how 'harsh' of a hop it is, or isn't.

Kind of thinking I need to brew 3 or 4 different batches of this recipe, and use a different pair of hops each time, to work on finding the right combo. I'm thinking 1 all-Centennial, 1 Columbus+Centennial, 1 Nugget+Centennial, and dunno what else.

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I also thought that I might try backing the CTZ off considerably next time if I were forced to use it. As BierMuncher stated though, Centennial and Cascade were the magic combo he found after lots of attempts.

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:23 PM   #2405
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If anyone is still having problems finding Centennial, Bells (www.bellsbeer.com) has it both in 1lb and 1 oz bags. The price seems pretty reasonable. I didn't even know they sold ingredients until now. I look forward to trying this recipe.

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Old 11-21-2012, 04:23 PM   #2406
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3/4 Columbus and 1/4 Cascade works well.
It's close to Centennial.

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It's centennial type on the Bells site. So it appears to be a mixture designed to mimic centennial.

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It's centennial type on the Bells site. So it appears to be a mixture designed to mimic centennial.
Yea, they are hoarding all of the real Centennial for Two Hearted. Boooooring.
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The swmbo and i are drinking our extract batch of centennial blonde right now. This one will be a huge hit with the family tomorrow.

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It's centennial type on the Bells site. So it appears to be a mixture designed to mimic centennial.
Ah crap. I hope its close to the real thing, I bought a pound of it.
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