Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
If your grain bill is 10 lbs or your DME is 6 lbs then you can get away with using only 3AAs at 60 mins. This is what I generally use for my HWs.
The grain bill is 8.5lbs (its fairly weak because we would like it to finish quickly). I realize I could just use the 2oz of tettnanger but I was wondering if there is any reason not to use just 1oz of tettnanger and substitute 1/4oz of simcoe so I am using less hops and can save some of the tettnanger for another brew. Its mostly because I am on a tight budget right now and I am trying to push my ingredients as far as I can. My question was if I do that is it possible that just 1/4oz of simcoe hops will overpower the floral quality of the tettnanger hops. Also will 1oz of tettnanger not be enough to give it the distinct characteristics of that hop?
I am wondering if it is the alpha acids in an american hop like cascade that give it a piney or citrusy character and the alpha acids that give a floral quality to a european hop like tettnanger? Or is it just the hop itself that creates those characteristics so that 1/4oz of a strong AA hop won't add any distinct characteristics of the hop other than bittering?