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Old 01-10-2012, 04:30 AM   #11
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My favorite is Simcoe/Amarillo. As Yooper said, Centennial hops are fantastic as well. I LOVE Bell's Two Hearted! I wish we could get i in California! I also like Cascade which are readily available and cheap. Nelson Sauvin is a wonderful hop from New Zealand that has almost a grape like flavor. Sam Adams did a single hop 12-pack combo with their Lattitude 48 that had bottles of their finished beer with all the hops, as well as the same beer with the individual hops. Hermitage Brewing Company has a line of single hop beers available at BevMo. Pick up a few of those and see what you like.

 
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:32 AM   #12
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I like readily available cheaper American citrus hops for ipas-

Chinook - piney grApefruit
Cascade - floral grapefruit
Centennial - cascade on steroids IMO
Columbus - citrus semi dank

I use these all the time with a warrior as a great and cheaper bittering hop..... Now all that said, my favorite hop ever is Simcoe, but it can be tough to get. My lb won't last much longer.
All four of those are good together! I like Simcoe, Amarillo, and Citra too.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:51 AM   #13
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Chinook and Columbus in even amounts all the way through the additions. More is better too. Thats my favorite way.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:28 AM   #14
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Exactly what johnmoho said! T

As far as "best" hops, it really depends on your taste. Centennial hops are citrusy and floral, while amarillo hops are citrusy like a grapefruit. Simcoe is citrusy/piney. Those are my favorite hops in IPAs, but some people like "earthy" hops (fuggles and willamette) while others may like citrusy like cascade hops.
If one were to leave the recipe book behind just for fun, would mixing hops that have different profiles, like say Cascade with Chinook give and interesting flavor combo, or make a muddy, bitter mess?

 
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:53 AM   #15
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+1 to all of the above.

One of the best parts about homebrewing for me is discovering new hop combinations. Some of my best beers (in terms of aroma) have come from playing around with two or three different varieties while dry hopping. I love amarillo with chinook combined with a lesser amount of citra or summit. Nelson sauvin is becoming a favorite, too.

Worst? I would never do an all summit.

 
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:13 AM   #16
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TRIPLEMSU I feel the same way, so I will be doing 5 gallon single hop IPAs: Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade, Nelson Sauvin, Zythos, Falconers Flight, Galaxy. Same everything except for the hop, 10 oz, figure this will give me a good idea on hop characteristics. Sam Adams Lattitude 48 Deconstructed was a great idea so I want to expand on that.

 
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:49 PM   #17
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So for the idea of learning hop flavors/aromas by dividing it up among 1-gallon secondaries with different hop varieties, would you use ONLY bittering hops during the boil and then dry-hopping in the secondary?

 
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:01 PM   #18
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You can dry hop in primary when it's done & clearing. The "C" hops are all good,as are amarillo,& ahtanum,which I like. Citra,simco,even nugget can give a bit of an orange flavor when combined with cascade & columbus.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:05 PM   #19
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Yeah, but if you're looking to divide it up to learn the characteristics of various hops, wouldn't dry-hopping in primary defeat the purpose?

 
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:09 PM   #20
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Not if you have a whole herd of small primaries. Or are you brewing a beer,then splitting it up?
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