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Old 08-14-2012, 01:19 AM   #1
Aug 2012
Annapolis, Maryland
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Hey everyone. I am about to brew an Autumn Ale kit I got as a gift from Midwest Supplies. It came with 1 ounce of Fuggles (USA) hops. I like a more bitter IPA-ish ale so I bought 2 ounces of Bramling Cross (UK) hops. I know the Bramling Cross hops will add more bitterness but should I throw in the full 2 ounces or should I just do an even swap? The second set of hops the kit came with were German Hallerbrau.

This will be my first batch on my own. I have brewed with my father and brother a few times before.

I appreciate any advice you can offer. I look forward to contributing on here and joining in on the fun!


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Old 08-14-2012, 02:13 AM   #2
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What is the alpha acid % on both the Bramling and the Fuggles?
Also, what's the malt bill?
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:30 AM   #3
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Id suggest you use the Bramling for the full boil time and add your fuggles in the last 5 minutes. Ive brewed with that kit and it is malty enough to support all the hops. I assume youre boiling less than 5 gallons at a time, so your bitterness extraction will be less than max. I suggest you google BU/GU ratio as a starting point if you want the long answer to your question.

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Old 08-14-2012, 02:30 AM   #4
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Also would depend on which addition you are talking about. For bittering you probably want to calculate AAU's, or plug into software and play with the IBU's. If the AA % is a lot more for the Bramling Cross you'll get more bitterness ounce for ounce, you may not want to also double the amount or you'll overshoot. For swapping late additions I often just go ounce for ounce between different hops.

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