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Old 02-25-2014, 04:46 PM   #11
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I used wild hops that my buddy found last year in a pale ale. It turned out decent. I assumed the hops were 4%AA so I added some warrior bittering hops at 60min and the wild variety for the rest. The warrior is so clean you couldn't taste it but without it the beer would not have been bitter. I'd suggest something along those lines or making a hop tea like was suggested by johngaltsmotor.


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Old 02-25-2014, 06:20 PM   #12
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I understand. I have done some reading on hop breeding programs and it seems like hop breeding is almost like playing a genetic lottery and hoping that you hit the jackpot. I know there is science behind it that can increase your odds of a favorable outcome, but I won't have access to that kind of technology. At the same time growing hops isn't an ends to a means for me. I don't grow hops just for the cones. I enjoy gardening and I am fascinated by the genetics of plants. Hopefully I can find some native North American hops or some Native Neomexicana hops soon.

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Gotcha Brewerelated, just wanted to make sure you knew what you were doing and didn't wind up hopping mad that someone sold you a mystery.
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