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Old 02-02-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Favorite type of hop(s) to dry hop with?

After recently making a very tasty APA where I dry hopped with Amarillo I have discovered the real fun of dry hopping my beers. Amarillo smells soooo good, and this weekend I am going to make an IPA with amarillo/simcoe dry hop combo (I've heard good things from this pair). I'm curious what are your alls favorites for dry hopping your beers? I've heard summit is a nice orangey/tangy one to use as well as citra but I haven't gotten to those hops yet. Also, does anyone have any good suggestions for dry hopping an english IPA? (as they tend to be less citrusy/american).


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Old 02-02-2010, 11:07 PM   #2
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I'm dry hopping my APA and IIPA with Citra and Amarillo combo. We'll see how they turn out. I dry hopped an APA before with Simcoe and it smelled awesome.


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My favorite IPA is a combo of simcoe and amarillo, and it's dryhopped with .5 ounce of simcoe and 1 ounce of amarillo.

Another IPA is all centennial, and dryhopped with centennial too.

My house pale ale is dryhopped with homegrown cascades. It's an all cascade recipe, usually, but sometimes I use centennials too.

For English beers, I think East Kent goldings are nice for dryhopping. I'm not a fuggles fan but others really seem to like them.

One of the keys of a good dryhopping is using hops that go well with the flavoring and aroma hops in the recipe.

Other good combos seem to be willamette and cascades together, or any combination of the American "C" hops (chinook, cascade, centennial, even Columbus).
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+1 for willamette and cascade. citra also gives an amazing tropical fruit aroma... atleast from my experience. i am not a huge fan of centennial, though, but i have never used it in leaf form. i would like to give amarillo a try.
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Amarillo + Simcoe is awesome for dry hopping.

See Dude's LWPA & try it for yourself.
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"Amarillo + Simcoe is awesome for dry hopping."

Completely agree with this. I also love to use whole leaf Cascade to dry hop if I want something a bit more subtle. Anxious to try Citra but have heard that you have to be a bit careful with that hop. I have dry hopped with Cascade successfully in brown ales, steam beer, and less hoppy IPA's. Cascade is pretty forgiving and its hard to screw up anything by dry hopping with it. Montanaandy
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For an English IPA, you can't beat EKG. If you can't get EKG, the Goldings or US Goldings are good substitutes.

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+1 Simcoe, not as big a fan of the Amarillo.

Of course I have Amarillo but no Simcoe at the moment.
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Cascade and Amarillo baby...
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Just started drinking an American Brown Ale I did with 3 oz of Amarillo as dry hops and the aroma is damn awesome. Amarillo, to me anyway, gives a wonderful flowery/citrus aroma that's not much cat-piss/grapefruit that you get sometimes with the American hops.


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