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Old 04-05-2013, 04:47 PM   #531
Oct 2011
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Ouch Kev! They didn't turn out to be the next Citra, but I will use them up for bittering and mid boil in APA and IPA, maybe a Saison. They have a good AA% and a complimentary flavor. I can't buy Magnum for $5 a pound. I won't use for dry hopping though.

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Old 04-05-2013, 04:48 PM   #532
Dec 2009
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First time browsing this thread. I've had a lot of Belma in stock since last fall and used in several beers... IPA's and pales. One was heavily dry hopped. The comments about lack of aroma makes total sense. While I get a decent taste profile, I've been scratching my head at the lack of aroma that I get from a Cascade or Amarillo. Good to see others have notice this as well. I still have more than a pound left, so will relegate to bittering and flavor in future brews.

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Old 04-05-2013, 05:10 PM   #533
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Looking forward to making another batch of EdWort's Haus Pale with this and cascade. I haven't been wowed by them, but they have worked well for bittering, and late additions in conjunction with something else. Get a nice earthy, subtle spice from them with Cascade, and I will say in everything I have used them in they add hugely to head retention and add a creamy mouthfeel.

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Old 04-17-2013, 08:32 PM   #534
Jun 2011
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Brewed this 4 days ago, Was going to add 8lb Strawberries for a Strawberry Wheat, But the fermenter smells so good I might save the strawberries for later.
Someone said : Strawberry Bubblicious gum - nailed it!

Strawberry Wheat

5lb US 2Row
5lb Wheat
4lb Vienna
1.5lb C15
1.2lb Rice Hulls

Mashed @ 155º for a little sweeter brew.

Belma @ 1.5oz FWH, 2.5oz @ 10, 2.5oz @ 5, 2.5oz @ 0 , and 1oz 5 minutes into chill

8lb Strawberries Topped, Washed and Frozen

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Old 04-17-2013, 11:17 PM   #535
Dec 2011
Hillsboro, Oregon
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what batch size is that? Sounds awesome.

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Old 04-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #536
Jun 2011
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6gallon batch - 1.068

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Old 05-01-2013, 02:03 PM   #537
Apr 2012
Omaha, NE
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I made an all belma saison with 3726. Holy strawberry batman. Very very good saison IMO. Probably will not use this hop for anything other than a blonde ale or a saison but for those two, I think it would work most of the time.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:24 PM   #538
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Trying to track down an off-flavor in a Belma/Strisselspalt session saison. It's giving me a somewhat grassy/metallic dryness. It's only been in bottle about 1.5 weeks, so it may clear up with a little time. It's not so bad that I won't thoroughly enjoy this beer - the berry/citrus flavor is phenomenal - but I'd still like to eliminate that flavor in future batches. Here's the recipe:

BIAB/No-Chill, 6 gallons

5.5 lb Maris Otter (malty backbone)
2 oz Acid Malt (pH adjustment)

.25 oz Belma FWH (calculated as 30 min add)
1 oz Strisselspalt - cube hop (calculated as 20 min add)
.25 oz Belma - cube hop (20 min add)
1 oz Strisselspalt - dry hop for 7 days
1 oz Belma - dry hop for 7 days

Wyeast 3711

OG: 1.030
FG: 1.006
ABV: 3.15%
SRM: 3.3
IBU: 21.6
BU:GU: 0.73

Mash: 60 min @ 154-156
Mash-out: 15 min @ 170
Boil: 60 min
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:14 AM   #539
Oct 2011
Portland, Oregon
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I just had a Belma Pale Ale at Full Sail Brewery the other was underwhelming as well. Slightly better than my Belma PA, but I still wasn't getting any major flavor and aroma...and continue to look for the strawberry roll up essence reported by others, don't get that either.

I made an American Wheat with Belmas, it is a good wheat, no major fruity flavors in it either tho.

Oh well, they are a cheap bittering and flavor hop to round out big IPA's and DIPAs.

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Old 05-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #540
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Originally Posted by dpatrickv View Post
I made an all belma saison with 3726. Holy strawberry batman. Very very good saison IMO. Probably will not use this hop for anything other than a blonde ale or a saison but for those two, I think it would work most of the time.
I still have a pound sitting in my freezer that I haven't tried yet. I was just thinking about making a saison (or maybe a wheat beer), and adding some additional strawberries in secondary to make a very fruity summer beer.

dpatrickv, care to share your recipe?
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