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Old 09-19-2009, 04:36 AM   #11
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but no way to truly make a smash, huh?


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Old 09-19-2009, 04:45 AM   #12
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Like I said, white wheat malt is suppose to be able to convert itself. I have heard it talked about and mentioned in books as being possible but I've never heard anybody say they have actually done it. I think it would be a cool experiment and sorachi hops sound like they would be excellent in a wheat beer.


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Old 09-19-2009, 05:01 AM   #13
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i think i may jump on this then
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:27 AM   #14
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I have an american honey wheat that's been in the fermenter for 13 days now. I missed my O.G., and boiled the first 45min with only the partial-mash.....so my IBU are probably around 31 (edit: hops were 13.6% AA). They smelled really good, but what hops don't?

The hydrometer sample was pretty bitter, but I still drank it. Haven't messed with it yet, as it still bubbles out of the tube every 5-7 seconds and it's only been two weeks. I will check on it at the 21-day mark and most likely bottle for another 3 weeks.

If it gives off that much lemon flavor, I'd only really put it in wheat beers or maybe a spice/herb/veg of some kind. I will let you know in about a month.

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Old 09-19-2009, 01:21 PM   #15
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I used it for a simple American Wheat last summer that was a big hit. I used 10 grams (about 1/3 oz) in 5.75 gallons of 1.045 beer for about 19 IBUs, then tossed in another 14 grams (1/2 oz) at flameout. The lemon flavor was definitely noticeable, but not in an overpowering way. I thought it was great in this application. I haven't used it in any other beer though.
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I found it catty. My wife didn't help out with that keg and by the time the keg kicked it, I was pretty much done with it. We pitched the remaining four ounces.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:34 PM   #17
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Up date: I been sampling the wit that I put 1oz in at the last 5min of the boil. The lemon is there but not over powering. I think the next batch I'm going to up the late hop addition to 3oz.
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Old 06-12-2010, 05:33 AM   #18
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I was pretty excited about this hop, and drove all over town looking for Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace. I wasn't very impressed. It does have a lemony quality as others have noted, and I didn't notice the pledge flavor. It seems similar to Saaz but earthier (to the point of having a flavor that reminds me of newly turned over dirt) and more lemony. I have 2 ounces of the hops on the way, and I'll use them just to make sure the Brooklyn beer wasn't a fluke, but after having high hopes, I'm pretty disappointed with the flavor of this beer I'm drinking. But the packaging was top notch! haha.


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