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Old 05-19-2010, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default what's the best hop for dry hopping?

i'm about to dry hop a cascadian dark ale (black ipa), and am trying to decide on the best hop for the task.

i used cascades and amarillo during the boil. it the choice really all about aroma for dry hopping? if so, does the alpha acid content really matter?

i thought about using simcoe, but really, cascade and amarillo have a really good essence. any thoughts?


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Old 05-19-2010, 02:46 AM   #2
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alpha acids have no effect on dry hopping. Yes it is all aroma and nothing else, no flavor or bitterness gets extracted unless they are boiled. id use whatever you used for your last minute boil additions, which it sounds like is amarillos and cascades.


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Old 05-19-2010, 02:50 AM   #3
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Yeah generally I repeat the late boil additions. I love Centennial for dry hopping, it can't miss.

Also Sorachi Ace and Citra make a nice citrus facepunch.
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i dry hopped a CDA recently with equal parts simcoe and centennial and it came out fantastic.

like the previous folks said, the alpha acids remain in the dry hops. so if you're using whole hops in a sack, you can take them out of the beer and if you're bottling the same day you're boiling a new wort, you can re-use those dry hops as bittering hops.
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:17 PM   #5
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like the previous folks said, the alpha acids remain in the dry hops. so if you're using whole hops in a sack, you can take them out of the beer and if you're bottling the same day you're boiling a new wort, you can re-use those dry hops as bittering hops.
i like this kind of thinking
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Amarillo and Simcoe are my favorites
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I use Citra and Cascade in my CDA.
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Amarillo, Cascade, and Simcoe would all work great with what you've got going. All three, or any combo. Centennial would work too. You really can't go wrong here with any of those hops.
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i was thinking about an ounce of hops on a 2.5 gallon batch for at least a week. how does this sound?
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