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Old 09-21-2010, 08:43 AM   #11
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Thanks people. very much appreciated. I'm new to this brewing thing so I don't have much to compare it against. My biggest fear is to brew a brew that is just bad! but maybe I'll go for it anyway.

Some have said just use it as a flavour hop and not a bitter hop. Some to use it by it's self to see how it goes.

The smell of it is very 'beery' with an almost citrus sent to it. Lime / lemon.

Should I take out all the hops going brown and just keep the fresh looking green ones?

any advice for you experts is very much appreciated!

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Old 09-21-2010, 08:48 AM   #12
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This is excellent - thanks - the pdf is great

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Old 09-21-2010, 08:57 AM   #13
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I'd say it looks closest to a cascade plant. Although I'm in the UK and I don't think we get much cascade over here.

Although the smell seems to be first gold / pioneer....

who knows!

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Old 09-21-2010, 12:33 PM   #14
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I'd venture a guess that http://yfrog.com/n7hop1j looks like Nugget. At least, they look like MY Nugget - very round, bulbous, tight cones.

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Old 09-21-2010, 08:47 PM   #15
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they do look quite nuggety - compared to nugget searches on the web.. a bittering hop more than a flavour.. am i right?

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Old 09-21-2010, 10:26 PM   #16
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Going by alpha acid, you could say that. Though, i'm partial to brews with ONLY Nugget, too.

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Old 09-23-2010, 08:26 PM   #17
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Just by hop cone alone it can be tough to identify. You also have to look at the leaves and other characteristics (including chemical properties) of the plant. You might not ever know exactly what they are without an expert and some tests done. They might even be a wild strain. However, I would still do a test batch with them. Use them for both bittering and finishing. That way you will know both of the properties. If the beer doesn't turn out then you've wasted a few hours and a few bucks, but at least you'll know.

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Old 10-07-2010, 02:44 AM   #18
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My cascade cones are more than twice that size.

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Old 10-07-2010, 11:59 PM   #19
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Can you brew a tea to compare them? I have seen that mentioned as a means for estimating alpha acid content. If you brew a tea with a few cones, and compare that against teas made with known hops (a few nugget pellets, for example) I would think you could at least know if you have a match or not. Seems a lower cost/lower financial risk option than a full batch of beer with unknown hops. I have not done this, though may need to, as a couple of my plants got shuffled and became mystery plants. I am just throwing this out as an idea. Has anyone tried this?

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