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Old 10-21-2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default I am scared to use my summit hops...

I have read so many mixed reviews about summit hops and people saying they've ruined entire batches of brew with a horrible onion flavor that I'm really hesitant to use them.

I just bought a half pound on my latest hop order and was pumped to use them in an American style wheat beer to get that extra orange kick into it.

Then I started reading a bunch of threads here on HBT with a lot of people swearing off summit hops and some people only saying to use them for a bittering hop or only dry hop and a lot of different things...

Help me out guys, what has your experience been with summit?


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Old 10-21-2010, 11:38 PM   #2
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This is the first i'm hearing of this. I hope it's not true.


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Old 10-21-2010, 11:39 PM   #3
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Dude, I have used them many many times and No onion flavors what so ever. Big Big citrus notes and I love this hop in my IPA's. Use them and don't look back and find out for yourself. I am willing to bet you will love these hops.
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"Summit is said to have strong orange and tangerine citrus notes in its flavor, making it ideal for brewing American style IPAs (especially IIPAs) and Pale Ales."
I wouldn't be afraid, it is a fairly new hop, high in citrus and fruit - just make the beer with out regrets. Everything is bought right? You are still having fun in the hobby... you may be pleasantly surprised - don't cheat your self. I ues hops that are simular; I have sume Summit that smell great, just haven't had time to brew it yet... but I will.
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I totally got onion soup when I used mine, and had to dry-hop with Simcoe to cover up the taste. I won't use them again. What I would suggest is warming them up to room temperature and doing a smell test. If you get orange/citrus notes, I'd use it. If you get onion/garlic notes, come up with a recipe for a savory tomato beer
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:09 AM   #6
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I totally got onion soup when I used mine, and had to dry-hop with Simcoe to cover up the taste. I won't use them again. What I would suggest is warming them up to room temperature and doing a smell test. If you get orange/citrus notes, I'd use it. If you get onion/garlic notes, come up with a recipe for a savory tomato beer
did you try smelling the batch of hops you used afterwards or did you use everything you had?

i was just browsing for some ideas in different recipes when i came across these couple threads...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/summ...flavor-161654/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/summ...lavors-130890/

inoticed most of these posts were at the beginning of the year and maybe there was jsut a bad or infected batch that got distributed. i don't know.
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I have used them with no bad out come yet. I have always used them in combination with other hops though never on there own.
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some say simcoe hops give a cat piss smell, but I use/love them,so you wont know till you try them. just do it!
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Summit are some of the best hops ever.
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I traded an ounce of warrior for summits. I'm thinking a nice wheat of some kind with that much citrus flavor.

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