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Old 02-05-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Five types of hops to keep on hand?

Which five type hops would you suggest to keep on hand?
You could list 2 or 7 types, but try for 5.
Styles: mostly American and the occasional Brit.

I am planning to order some bulk hops. 5 lbs I can go through in a year, more would kinda go stale. Any one-off hops I would get from the LHBS.

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:12 PM   #2
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There's a lot of choices.

I would go with some high AA hops like Chinook, Columbus, Warrior or Simcoe. Pick which 2 you like the most of them. All work well with American Ales, Warrior especially for IPAs.

Some low alphas like Cascade, Fuggles, or Willamette.

And then maybe a medium or 2, Amarillo, Centennial, or Palisades

If I personally had to pick 5, I'd go Fuggles, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe and Warrior. Since they're pretty much my 5 favorite.

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
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I'd go with East Kent Goldings which can pretty much cover any occasional British beer you want to brew.

I like to always have Cascade and Centennial on hand. You can do a wide range of American styles with this - lots of good piney and citrusy flavors to be had. The other three it depends a lot more of what kind of hop character you look for. I like to use CTZ in most of my IPA's and APA's. I also use a fair amount of Nugget and Summit.

So there's five! There's lots of other hops I use but many of them can be tricky to find. Those five are five you'll probably always find in my freezer.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #4
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In my house, it's all C's. Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, and Citra. That's not all I brew with, but it is what I keep on hand.
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I prefer Pale Ales and IPA's so my hops are geared to that, but the 5 I would keep are Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Citra, and Amarillo.

Currently I have all of those plus Calypso, Legacy, Fuggle, Williamette, Czech Saaz, Belma, Magnum, and Hallertau. Of course I have a few misc. opened packs of hops of Galaxy, Simcoe, etc. But the main ones listed above were bought in 1 pound packages and broken down into 1oz packaging by myself.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:34 PM   #6
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I keep Warrior, Cascade and Willamette on hand.

I could swap the Warrior for Chinook.
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And then I usually have a smaller quantity of something new, interesting, or English. Right now I have some New Zealand hops I was enjoying and a couple lbs of Belma that I want to experiment with soon.
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Me too. copped a pound of 5 NZ hops; Motueka,super alpha,pacific gem,pacifica,& wakatu.
I also keep Czech saaz & fuggle around. I also like German haulertauer with the saaz.
Then of course Columbus,amarillo,nugget,cascade & the like for pale ales/IPA's,but the listed ones mainly. I also must iterate that sterling & ahtanum go very well together too.
I can't list just five. Those would only cover PA/APA/IPA's. My pallet is just to wide to be so limited.
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Magnum - Clean bittering hop for any style

Williamette - More of an "earthy", "Floral" hop good for brown ales, porters, cream ales, anything you don't want citrus in.

EKG - English styles (bitter/S. English brown)

Cascade - Awesome as finishing/dry hop in APA, IPA, etc.

Chinook, Simcoe or Amarillo - For potent hop presence in IPA/APA/Amber, Etc.
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What types of hops work best for amber type ales?

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