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Old 01-20-2010, 03:13 PM   #1
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I am looking to make a purchase soon of bulk hops. The majority of styles that I brew center around the English Styles (Mild, Bitters, Porter, Stout, etc.).

The problem that I am running into is that most places only carry one variety of English hop. I need some suggestions on varieties to look at for my English beers. I was hoping to order from Hops Direct.

Hops I have enjoyed working with:
EK Goldings
Whitbread Goldings Variety
UK Challenger
UK Progress

Also I am not a big fan of Fuggles. I have a beer that I just bottled this weekend that may change that opinion, but for the most part my beers with Fuggles have underwhelmed.

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Old 01-20-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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I bought a pound of leaf fuggles from Hops Direct. I add them to all my English ales.

 
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:31 PM   #3
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If you are only buying two, either of the Goldings and Progress.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:07 PM   #4
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EKGs all the way, I use them and fuggles for pretty much all my english beers.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:32 PM   #5
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I guess I didn't make my first post clear enough, sorry. Those are the hop varieties that I like working with, unfortunately Hops Direct does not sell any English varieties outside of Fuggles. I am looking for some alternative varieties that I may be able to work with for my English beers.

 
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:36 PM   #6
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How eager are you to buy? It says on hopsdirect's website that all their imported hops are still 2008. You could shoot them an email to see what varieties they anticipate selling and an ETA.

 
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:45 PM   #7
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I guess I didn't make my first post clear enough, sorry. Those are the hop varieties that I like working with, unfortunately Hops Direct does not sell any English varieties outside of Fuggles. I am looking for some alternative varieties that I may be able to work with for my English beers.
Looks like they have Bullion and Northern Brewer whole hops which are both used in English ales, Styrian Goldings pellets.
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:44 PM   #8
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Given what you've said, I go with Challenger for bittering and Kent Goldings for flavor/aroma. Hard to be more English than that! That said, I often opt for Fuggles, but then again I like Fuggles.

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Old 01-21-2010, 01:03 PM   #9
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What about Willamette? It's domestic but is often subbed for UK hops. IIRC, It was bred from Fuggles.
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:17 PM   #10
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Have you checked http://www.nikobrew.com? He has EKG pellets and he is a supporter of this site.

 
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