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Old 01-05-2013, 11:40 AM   #361
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I appear to have made the worst beer in the world using a mix of Willamette, Belma, and West Yorkshire Ale yeast from White Labs. Tastes like rotting strawberries dipped in mud. I think it's the combination, though, not the Belma itself.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #362
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I ended up getting five pounds of the stuff, did essentially a zombie dust knock off and added an ounce of galena at the end. Will dry hop with 3 oz of whole chinook hops today, but It smells amazing right now.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:27 PM   #363
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BTW this hop sounds perfect matched up to Mosaic- both very berry and fruity.

If anyone out there felt like they over ordered on Belma and would like to help a one gallon brewer out, I'd be willing to buy3-4 oz off someone plus shipping. A pound is just too much for a one gallon brewer.. Please PM me if you can help me out! Thanks
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:05 PM   #364
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BTW this hop sounds perfect matched up to Mosaic- both very berry and fruity.

If anyone out there felt like they over ordered on Belma and would like to help a one gallon brewer out, I'd be willing to buy3-4 oz off someone plus shipping. A pound is just too much for a one gallon brewer.. Please PM me if you can help me out! Thanks
I bought 2 pounds and am not a huge fan. I'm on my phone and can't seem to pm, so if you want to shoot me a message. I have pellets and cones. I'll gladly just send you some.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:03 PM   #365
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I bought 2 pounds and am not a huge fan. I'm on my phone and can't seem to pm, so if you want to shoot me a message. I have pellets and cones. I'll gladly just send you some.
What didn't you like about it? Cheers
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:48 AM   #366
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Default Belma Mild

Got everything ready to brew a English Mild with belma tomorrow to see how it holds up as just a bittering hop. When I opened the bag I was pleasantly surprised at the smell of berry and the citrus/floral notes.

Anyways, here's what I'm brewing - will post again when it's done:

Belma Mild
11-A Mild



Size: 6.0*gal @ 68*°F
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 120.57*kcal per 12.0*fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.036 (1.030 - 1.038)
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Terminal Gravity: 1.009 (1.008 - 1.013)
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Color: 14.65 (12.0 - 25.0)
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Alcohol: 3.57% (2.8% - 4.5%)
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Bitterness: 15.3 (10.0 - 25.0)
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Ingredients:
7*lb (84.8%) Maris Otter - added during mash
.25*lb (3.0%) Pale Chocolate Malt - added during mash
.5*lb (6.1%) Crystal 40 - added during mash
.5*lb (6.1%) English Brown Malt - added during mash
.5*oz (100.0%) Belma (9.8%) - added during boil, boiled 60*m
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I made 2 different beers with it. An all Belma APA and a Belma/Cascade APA. The all Belma APA was plain and boring, even with 5oz of Belma, all late boil or dry hopped. The Belma/Cascade was creamy... like if you'd put cascade pellets in a glass of milk.

Neither were bad, but I have about 20lbs of hops in the freezer that I like much more than this one. I'd use it for bittering, but I have 2lbs of Magnum that I'm partial to.

I'll keep the cones to and use them in an American strawberry wheat. I think that might be a good combo.

Overall I'm certainly not knocking a $5/lb hop, but it's not something I'd choose over Citra, Amarillo, Northern Brewer, Centennial, EKG, etc.
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I made 2 different beers with it. An all Belma APA and a Belma/Cascade APA. The all Belma APA was plain and boring, even with 5oz of Belma, all late boil or dry hopped. The Belma/Cascade was creamy... like if you'd put cascade pellets in a glass of milk.

Neither were bad, but I have about 20lbs of hops in the freezer that I like much more than this one. I'd use it for bittering, but I have 2lbs of Magnum that I'm partial to.

I'll keep the cones to and use them in an American strawberry wheat. I think that might be a good combo.

Overall I'm certainly not knocking a $5/lb hop, but it's not something I'd choose over Citra, Amarillo, Northern Brewer, Centennial, EKG, etc.
If you like saisons and feel like giving Belma another shot, I've been quite happy with the combo. I think the flavors in Belma have more yeast interplay than many other varieties.
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Just bottled an Imperial IPA made with Belma, Calypso, and Crystal hops. Nose is amazing; floral, berry, white grape, slight resin. I actually had it pouring on tap at a local brewery who asked me to bring it in & got feedback from a few people relating it to walking through northern grape fields in western New York from their childhood and stuff. Brewer said he could tell the strawberry character and attributed it to the Belma. Overall, I like the hop & for the price, it's well worth playing around with it.
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I'm happy with it. I had family and friends raving over my IPA recipe. It was something I tossed together on a whim one morning, really simple and so good.

Nice balance, and great bittering from it. For the price, I'm happy with it, and will keep it around to use in stuff. Looking forward to making some lightly hopped blondes for the wussy drinkers that come to my house, and some intense saisons in the spring to sip on!
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