I'm trying to get my marbles together here with brewing.
I want to jump to all grain, since it's easiest, and a hell of a lot cheaper to buy grains in Japan than extracts, and get a few good yeast strains here (with and without importing) and just buy a bunch of hops stateside.
I was going to order about 4 or 5 pounds from HopsDirect, order about 4 or 5 pounds of hops, and use them throughout the year.
Now, my question is, on any given recipe I find, if I calculate my hop addition and reach the target IBU, I should be pretty good, just a different flavor, no?
It seems like a simple question, but I want to make sure I cover all the steps on this.
Additionally, my preferred beers are: barley wine, Scottish Wee Heavy, IPA, IIPA and stouts. I'll switch to wheat beers during the summer. What 5 hops would people recommend from HopsDirect to cover this spectrum?
As always, thanks!