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Old 07-05-2009, 04:10 PM   #1
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Anybody have experience dry hopping with Saaz hops? I bought a bunch of Saaz and have a pale Ale that I want to dry hop. Would Saaz be too mild to dry hop a light pale ale. I used only 2 row, 20L Caravienne, Munich and carafoam. Mashed at 150 and added Centenial throughout the boil FWH, 60, 30, 20, 15 and 10 minutes.

 
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:13 PM   #2
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I've used Saaz for aroma hops in IPA and it's great. Sometimes just using what you have on hand turns into some really great beer that you never would have considered. I say give it a try.
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Old 07-05-2009, 06:11 PM   #3
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Worth trying. I've found that contrasting aromas can really enhance a beer.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:08 PM   #4
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I'm all for style bending. Saaz in a APA sounds great. I'll have to try that one someday.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:51 PM   #5
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Saaz is an AWESOME Secret Weapon for Dry Hopping.

There is a spicy aspect that makes people wonder 'WTF is that flavor?'


My advice is go for it. I've done it and will do so again when I have some spare Saaz. My current supply is slated for some Dunkelweizen and aging for a lambic
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:01 AM   #6
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Be careful with it though, it can be a little TOO wtf. I dry hopped my belgian pale ale with saaz pellets for about 10 days, and the spicy aspect was a bit over the top for about the first 6 weeks in the bottle. It mellowed after that and it's delicious now.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:03 AM   #7
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Brewery downtown recently made a Saaz Pale Ale. I enjoyed it. Go for it!
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:05 AM   #8

In my experience, they are overwhelmingly grassy for dry hops. So be careful about how much you use and contact times. I love 'em for aroma, but for dry hops, they're not for me.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:38 AM   #9

BTW, looked at my notes. I dry hopped with 1/2 oz each of Hallertauer Mittelfrueh and Saaz, whole hops for 7 days and that beer was too grassy for me. It was at ambient temp, around 68. So, to clarify, I don't know if it was the Saaz or the HM that did it.
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:11 PM   #10
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I thought I'd post my results of dry hopping with Saaz I made 10 gallons this was an American Pale Ale with all the boil hops Centennial. I split the the finished beer into two 5 gallon cornies to serve on draft. I dry hop right in my serving kegs. I used an oz of Saaz in one and 1 oz of cent in the other. after 3 days of contact I preferred the saaz it had a much smoother dry hop flavor slightly spicy and virtually no grassiness. To me the Centennial dry hop was much harsher I thought it actually had a cabbage taste to it. Now after 10 days the cabbage pretty much dissapeared and this one has taken on a more classic IPA flavor. I was amazed at how different a 1 oz dry hop addition had on the taste of these two brews that came from the same brew session. I entered the Saaz dry hopped beer in 2 separate competition and I am waiting for the results I will post when they come in. I am a little worried I will be docked because this Saaz dry hopped beer doesn't contain the classic grapefruit flavor that you get from a cascade or to lesser extent Centennial dry hopping, I purposely entered it into the category 10-A American Pale Ale rather than the 14-B American IPA. I still prefer the Saaz hopped version as I felt it was a bit more balanced being the dry hops don't dominate the palate though a real hop head may prefer the centennial dry hopped version.

 
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