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Old 07-11-2009, 03:30 AM   #1
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Mar 2009
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Maybe someone else can start a poll here but what are your favorite hops. I know different hops with different styles (which may play a role for your taste buds) but what are your most used or "go to" HOPS when all else fails. As a noob (currently 6 brews under belt) to the hobby and here I am currently partial to Cascade. I just bottled a Irish Red (extract kit) that I dry hopped with 1oz of Cascade and 1oz of Willamette and it smelled amazing when racked into the bottling bucket. Open for discussion. Cheers!!!

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Old 07-11-2009, 03:56 AM   #2
Feb 2009
Alexandria, VA, USA
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The 4 I use the most:

Northern Brewer
East Kent Goldings

That set gives you a ton of options. I'd probably go Centennial and Hallertauer next.

I'd much rather have a mix of different kinds of hops than 4-5 similar ones, but that depends on what you make--I'm sure someone on here will want Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Magnum, and Amarillo or something like that, and they'll be right for the beers they like.
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:11 AM   #3
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St Louis MO
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I don't have a "favorite" hop. But, with English Ales it is EKG, German Ales, Hallertauer, lighter ales Crystal or Liberty, American ales Centennial. I'm sure there are others, but that is what comes to mind tonight.

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Old 07-11-2009, 04:38 AM   #4
Jan 2009
Santa Clara, CA
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I'm an English beer fan, and my GF likes weizen. I typically keep the following around:

East Kent Goldings
Hallertauer Mittelfrueh
Northern Brewer

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