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Old 07-26-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Ok the question is can I use 5 different hops in the same brew. Of course putting in the right hops for the joband the proper timing. Reason is the name of the beer needs 5 differents ones in it, dont ask me why LOL. Thanks


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Old 07-26-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
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No,

You might offend the hop gods.


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Old 07-26-2012, 04:07 PM   #3
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Of course you can. I've got five different ones in an IPA right now. It's dry hopping as we speak. And I don't ever get smited for it. Or smote? Whatever the hop gods aren't mad at about it.
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Bottleworks 13th anniversery had 13 types of hops. So Use as many hops as you want. Just make sure they dont clash with their flavors too much.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:14 PM   #5
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I've seen a few recipes using a lot of different hops. Some varieties of hops may overpower others so you will get most from one and not the other.

I doubt anything bad would happen unless you use a bittering hop for flavor and a flavor hop for bittering etc.

Then again even that might create something great!
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There's no right or wrong answer here. Most of what we do is experimentation, so I say, "Do it and see what happens."
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Which 5 do you have in mind?
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:43 PM   #8
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Sure you can do 5. I'm a huge fan of simplicity in brewing. My grain bills tend to be short lists and my hop schedule tends to be pretty straightforward. You can certainly use 5 hops - but be aware that over-thinking recipes can lead to muddled, mediocre beer. The right combination of ingredients can lead to depth and complexity, the wrong combination can lead to muddled beer.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:55 PM   #9
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As a suggestion, most of the Pacific northwest hop varieties go well together - Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial, Williamette, Chinook, Nugget, Citra, Columbus, Warrior. Just make sure you put each one where they would fit best.

Warrior, Columbus, Nugget, Chinook are best as bittering.

Centennial, Williamette, and Amarillo are best as flavoring additions.

Cascade and Citra are best as aroma additions.

Of course, some of these are versitile and can be used in other roles, but this is where they shine best.

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Stick to 5 hops that have similar profiles, i.e., all fruity/citrusy hops or all earthy hops, or all spicy hops, or throw in a few neutral hops as the bittering additions (i.e., saaz) and you'll have a much better chance of a successful blend.
Good advice. +1 to this for sure.


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