Hello everyone! I just got my hands on some New Zealand hops for the first time, and I'm dying to make an IPA out of them. I tried Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere Harvest, and absolutely loved it. Here's their page on the beer:http://www.sierranevada.com/beers/harvest_southern.html
They list their bittering hops as NZ Hallertau, and the finishing hops as Motueka and Southern Cross.
Here are the hops I have on hand, in ounces:
2 x New Zealand Pacific Jade Hop Pellets
4 x New Zealand Motueka Pellet Hop
4 x Galaxy Hops Pellet
3 x New Zealand Hallertau Hop Pellets
I wasn't able to get Southern Cross, so I took the liberty of subbing some other NZ hops in. It doesn't have to be exactly like Sierra Nevada's beer, any deliciously aromatic, citrusy IPA will do
I've also considered cheating a little bit and adding in some Sorachi to compensate for the lack of what Beersmith describes as the "spicy, lemony" taste of Southern Cross.
As for the grain bill, I'm gonna keep it simple to allow the hops to shine through, with 13lbs 2 row and 1lb caramel 60, all fermented with good old Safale.
Any advice on the hops schedule/amounts? I am completely unfamiliar with NZ hops, but I know a great IPA when I taste one, and this sucker was fantastic. Any advice is appreciated!