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Old 12-10-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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There are so many different types of hops. There are also many styles. What are the differences? Do whole hops have more flavor compared to pellets? Or more bittering qualities? Sorry if this question has been posted before. I'm trying to bring together a really good IPA.
Also what are some good bittering hops and what are the good aroma hops?
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:46 AM   #2
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You'll get a lot of varied opinions on both questions. Personally, I work almost exclusively with pellets, just because I find them easier to work with. Others will (and do) vary. I'd say it really depends on application; some feel that whole hops are better for dryhopping, whereas pellets are better for the actual boil. I use pellets for both with no problems.

As for good bittering/aroma, it really depends on your planned brew. Are you going Black IPA (as I see from your signature)? Regular IPA, clean bittering hops are good: warrior, magnum, chinook (spicier, but still nice), etc. Aroma/Flavor: sooooo many. Amarillo, citra, centennial, cascade, simcoe, ahtanum, chinook... If you share your recipe, it'd be easier to narrow things down.

 
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:56 AM   #3
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Whole work better with my system, pellets get through the false bottom, and I don't bag. Pellets are more efficient for bittering, but I love whole hops.

As for good hops, it is up to your personal preference. Drive out to Yakima next Sept. Roll in them. Use the ones that stick to you.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:46 AM   #4
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You'll get a lot of varied opinions on both questions. Personally, I work almost exclusively with pellets, just because I find them easier to work with. Others will (and do) vary. I'd say it really depends on application; some feel that whole hops are better for dryhopping, whereas pellets are better for the actual boil. I use pellets for both with no problems.

As for good bittering/aroma, it really depends on your planned brew. Are you going Black IPA (as I see from your signature)? Regular IPA, clean bittering hops are good: warrior, magnum, chinook (spicier, but still nice), etc. Aroma/Flavor: sooooo many. Amarillo, citra, centennial, cascade, simcoe, ahtanum, chinook... If you share your recipe, it'd be easier to narrow things down.


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Here is the recipe that I have been messing around with for a few weeks now. I have only brewed a few times but feel like I got a good hold on things.... Kinda. I have not brewed this yet. I brewed a IPA that I got from a local brew shop in town. It turned out really good. But I want to create something of my own. If you got any pointers let me hear them. I'm wanting a light amber color beer with a nice punch of hops and bitter.
I'm really wanting to make a honey IPA. Something that is slightly sweet.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:59 AM   #5
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Yeast

Wyeast
1056 American Ale

Grains/Extracts/Sugars

10.25 pounds
Liquid Malt - Light
34ppg, 5L 7 pounds
68.3%
Liquid Malt - Wheat
34ppg, 5L 2 pounds
19.5%
Crystal 60L
34ppg, 60L 0.75 pounds
7.3%
Special B
30ppg, 140L 0.25 pounds
2.4%
Honey
30ppg, 20L 0.25 pounds
2.4%

Hops
7 ounces
Simcoe hops
13%, Whole 1 ounces 60 min
Magnum hops
14%, Whole 1 ounce 60 min
Summit hops
18%, Pellet 1 ounce 20 min
Amarillo hops
8%, Whole 1 ounce 5 min
Willamette hops
5%, Whole 1 ounce dry
Amarillo hops
8%, Pellet 1 ounce dry

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Old 12-10-2011, 10:59 AM   #6
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Here is a good Brew Wiki about all the different varieties of hops..

List of hop varieties - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:24 PM   #7
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Drive out to Yakima next Sept. Roll in them. Use the ones that stick to you.
Too funny!
Do the same thing in august and you'll discover the true meaning of cheesy hops!

 
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:48 PM   #8
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I also feel like you end up losing more beer to whole hops then pellets.

 
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:28 PM   #9
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I also feel like you end up losing more beer to whole hops then pellets.
I remember the last brew thinking "wow there is a lot of beer left in there"

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Old 12-10-2011, 06:34 PM   #10
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I sanitize my hands and sqeez remainig wort from my hop bag full of whole hops into the rest of the wort before I transfer. Does anyone else do this?

 
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