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Old 03-27-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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Getting ready to brew my first Lambic. Not my first sour, but my first Lambic style.

I don't have any aged hops, and I'm wondering how important they are?

I understand the principles, but would low alpha hops in say the mash be sufficient?
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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Aged hops in Lambic, necessary?
Yes. They do not impart any flavor or bitterness whatsoever. Just used for the aseptic properties.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:53 PM   #3
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Yes. They do not impart any flavor or bitterness whatsoever. Just used for the aseptic properties.
No they arent important, any low AA variety to ~5-10ibu will suffice. You dont really need the antiseptic properties of large amounts of aged hops in a lambic where you pitch a culture. You already know whats going in there and dont need to protect against it.

On the other hand if your doing a spontaneous fermentation with things caught on the breeze, then yes a large volume of aged hops is necessary

 
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