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Old 08-19-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default Sorachi Ace

Any one have any experience with this hop variety? I have some on order from fresh hops, and am planing on using it in a wit with an IBU@20.

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A Japanese winner by all counts with its powerful lemon aroma, high bittering value and flavorful personality.
I like the Idea lemon aroma to accent the fruity esters of a wit.



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Old 08-20-2009, 03:32 AM   #2
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Default Hops are here!!!

Hops arrived today...My plan right now is to buy a pound a month of stuff I use and new stuff to try out.

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Old 08-20-2009, 03:54 AM   #3
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I had a English IPA brewed with Sorachi from a commercial brewery that I thought tasted pretty awful. It definitely has an interesting lemon aroma/flavor, but in this particular example it came out tasting like lemon Pledge.

My advice is to use sparingly.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:38 AM   #4
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I've used them in a summer ale, blond type. Definitely adds the lemony taste folks talk about, even in lower quantities. I really like them in this type of a beer.
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this thread is kind of old, but I kind of want to use sorachi ace for a smash... any ideas? to do or not to do...
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It's lemony flavor is a nice addition to an american wheat.
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It's lemony flavor is a nice addition to an american wheat.
could i brew a smash with white wheat malt and sorachi ace? i guess what i'm asking is can i mash just wheat?
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could i brew a smash with white wheat malt and sorachi ace? i guess what i'm asking is can i mash just wheat?
The short answer is no. I would do a 50/50 2row and white wheat. Above and beyond that, you are gonna run into problems with conversion, lautering, and I am sure some other things as well.....
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yeah i didn't think a wheat smash was possible... what malt would make a good sorachi smash base?
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well the slightly longer answer is yes. As long as it is malted wheat it should convert itself just fine. I believe malted white wheat malt has the highest diastatic power of the wheat malts. You could use say 10% 6-row barley malt to ensure conversion (6-row has a very high DP). Use lots of rice hulls. I haven't read of about anybody actually doing it but it is theoretically possible. There is a formula to figure out if your grain bill will convert itself but I'd have to look it up...


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