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Old 11-01-2011, 08:04 PM   #131
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There really isn't a sub for simcoe i can't remember what it is but there is a mix of like 3 or 4 different kinds that will get you close

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Old 11-01-2011, 09:59 PM   #132
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Is Citra a good sub for Simcoe? My store of choice doesn't have any Simcoe.
Yeah, citra is a good sub for Simcoe. You still get that great grapefruit, citrus flavor (hence the name I suppose). Either way, this is what I used for a substitute, and the beer turned out amazing. If anything else, it's a proven choice to make a solid beer if you can't get the simcoes.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:59 AM   #133
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was sitting at 1.018 after adding the priming sugar. Not sure why it is still so high, but it did taste good.
Well, you added sugar to it! That's why it was so high.

Sometimes carmelization reactions from the boil can cause the sugars to become unfermentable (by beer yeast, anyways), so you can get high gravity because of that. This is especially the case if you do a full length boil with extract. Some recipes (ahem, barleywine!) take advantage of that to get a rich, caramel sweetness in the beer, whereas in others (ahem, pilsners!) it contrasts too much with the style.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:00 AM   #134
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If I can't get Simcoe, I'll use either Citra (first choice), Amarillo (second choice) or - if I'm desperate - Cascade. I haven't tried Sorachi Ace yet, but I hear it has a citrusy aroma as well, so if you blended it in with the others it might be... interesting.

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Old 11-02-2011, 02:35 PM   #135
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Anyone use Amarillo pellets instead of whole hops? What difference should I expect?

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Old 11-02-2011, 03:29 PM   #136
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less crap in your boiler lol

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That's what I used and it turned out great.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:11 PM   #138
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Ordered the grain bill and the hop pellets today. Can't wait to make this one!

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Old 12-02-2011, 05:53 PM   #139
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If I can't get Simcoe, I'll use either Citra (first choice), Amarillo (second choice) or - if I'm desperate - Cascade. I haven't tried Sorachi Ace yet, but I hear it has a citrusy aroma as well, so if you blended it in with the others it might be... interesting.
Hey there Justibone old buddy...do you have any links that discuss hops and what is a good sub for what? I really need to get a better understanding of different hops.

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Kudos to you for keeping this around for two months, mine never make it that long. In hindsight I guess I should have never titled this with the Gumballhead name because everyone brings up how it's different but that is truly the beer that inspired this recipe and after having both I like this better. Brew on!!
Hey CU...When you are doing this AG are you using your recipe, 60/40...5 lbs wheat, 3.5 lbs 2 row, 1 lb caravienne, or are you using what someone else on here came up with after some advice from the brewery...8lbs 2-row, 3lbs red wheat,1lb caravienne?

As you know my first PM was your recipe, and now I'm planning it for AG and was wondering which you think might get you closer to what your "inspired" clone was?
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:17 PM   #140
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Hey there Justibone old buddy...do you have any links that discuss hops and what is a good sub for what? I really need to get a better understanding of different hops.
Google is your friend.

Brew Your Own: The How-To Homebrew Beer Magazine - Comparing and Selecting Hops

Hop Guide - BeerAdvocate

List of hop varieties - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The best guide to hop aromas, though, is your nose. If you can smell them, you will know what aroma they will impart to your beer... with the possible exception of spicy. I can never smell "spicy", but others say that they can.
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