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Old 03-22-2007, 07:23 PM   #1
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It seems like saaz is reserved for lagers only. I think in all my searches I've only seen one ale recipe that uses it. Any particular reason for this?

I was thinking I could probably make something really light and refreshing, somewhere in the pale ale / light lager range, using some saaz, and US-56 yeast. Anyone ever try recipe like that or have some suggestions?

I'm thinking along the lines of:

10 Lbs 2 row
.5- 1 Lb 20L crystal

1 oz Saaz (60 min)
.5 oz Saaz (15 min)
.5 oz Saaz (5 min)

What do you guys think?

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Old 03-22-2007, 07:25 PM   #2
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I use saaz rather frequently in my ales. Go for it, and enjoy the saazy goodness!

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Old 03-22-2007, 07:28 PM   #3
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ales will work with saaz. Don't load it up on the IBU's however if the Alpha acids are particularly low, it can contribute to a hop derived phenol that will most certainly affect the taste.

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Old 03-22-2007, 07:33 PM   #4
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My Cherry Wit has nothing but saaz and it turned out great. I added it at 45 and 5
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:08 PM   #5
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My Dead Guy clone uses Saaz (along with Perle) for finishing hops. Very nice! I would use it for any ale that would benefit from a delicate, mild, clean hop addition.
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:18 PM   #6
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I use noble hops for most of my ales. I like the taste.

For bittering hops it will be cheaper to use a high alpha hop for the 60+ min boil. under 60 then hop for flavor/aroma

(I suppose someone will start arguing the fact that 60 min+ boil you get NO flavor from hops, just isomorised alpha (bitering) acids)
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