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Old 01-28-2010, 03:26 AM   #1
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I would like to do a pale ale next and am wondering what a good hop selection would be. Alot of recipes call for cascade hops for bittering,flavoring, and aroma or centennial. Are these the best to use or does anyone have any other suggestions. I plan on maybe steeping 60 lovibond crystal and using 5-6lbs of dme. Any thoughts would be great.

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Old 01-28-2010, 03:38 AM   #2
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Cascade is awesome. Check out http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f66/bee-...ale-ale-31793/ for a great example of a pale, I made it for my third beer and cascade is just great. Crystal 60 is a little dark for a pale ale too you might wanna consider a crystal 20.

As for centennial, that is primarily for IPAs, but thats not to say it wouldnt work in a pale in smaller quantities. My IPA thats currently in the fermenter is all centennial so I cant speak for the taste but gosh damn do those hops smell good.

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Old 01-28-2010, 03:43 AM   #3
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Agreed, any of the 3 C's (Cascade, Centennial or Columbus) are great.
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:09 AM   #4
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+1 on the cascades. I luv em!
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:18 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Professor Frink View Post
Agreed, any of the 3 C's (Cascade, Centennial or Columbus) are great.
I prefer Chinook as the third C...
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:42 AM   #7
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Pale ale is painting with a pretty broad brush. But I agree with everyone else,,Cascades is a go to hops for that.

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Old 01-28-2010, 04:45 AM   #8
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I've had an IPA with Warrior hops in it which was fantastic, those have got to be some of the most bitter hops you can find.
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Old 01-28-2010, 11:29 AM   #9
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Amarillo is another good hop for APAs.

I just made an APA with equal parts centennial and cascade (mostly late hops) and dry hopped with amarillo. I am going to keg it later today, but the samples have been good so far!

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Old 01-28-2010, 02:38 PM   #10
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Simcoe is another nice bittering hop. I kind of prefer it to Columbus.
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