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Old 09-16-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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I just picked up grain for my next batch, and grabbed a couple ounces of Columbus. I already have plenty of hops in the freezer that I will be using, but wanted to add some columbus to tweak my rye IPA recipe.

Looking at the columbus packets, I see them listed as "4.4% "

Since when was Columbus hops that low in alpha acids? Shop owner tried telling me "thats an average ,typically it changes every year /harvest"
I know it changes, but also know Columbus is typically up over 10%

Did I get some questionable hops? This LHBS has been getting me quality ingredients for a while.


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Old 09-17-2012, 01:22 AM   #2
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Maybe it was supposed to read 14.4?
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:35 AM   #3
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That must be wrong, either that or like you said, those are some chump columbus hops. If they smell strong and have a lot of lupulin , then it's probably a typo and I would bump up the AAU's for your calculations or you'll get some really bitter beer.
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