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Old 05-03-2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Aging Saaz for Lambic

The LHBS has a ton of Saaz he ordered that no one seems to want to purchase. It seems I am the only one that buys them regularly.

I was thinking, if I picked them up at a cut rate price -- Should I age them for Lambic.


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Old 05-04-2009, 04:27 AM   #2
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I've got some unintentionally aged saaz hops that tasted like cheese and meat at first. Now they taste delicious and flowery, if a very tiny bit soapy. This is in a steam beer, very tasty.

I'd say just go for it.
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I grind my oldest hop pellets to a fine powder, spread the powder thinly over a large, flat wooden cutting board and then place the cutting board in a warmed but "off" oven for 15 or 20 minutes. The powder then goes in a very thin plastic ziplock bags for indefinite storage until use. Saaz is my preferred hop for this as I buy it in bulk and always have leftovers. Some say that only aged leaf hops are to be used, but I have had good luck with this process.
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