Hey guys, long time lurker first time poster. I've been brewing for about a year and have finally decided to branch away from kits. I'm starting simple by modifying the NB Chinook IPA kit by sllighty lowering the bittering hop amount to account for the slightly higher AA when comparing Chinook to Topaz.
I read about Topaz the other day, seems like it would be great for bittering and aroma:
An old standby in the Australian bittering hop program, but recently being treated more for it's aroma potential. Rich and intense aroma of fleshy citrus and apricot, with a strong "dank" overtone and a hint of sulfur. Very similar to Summit, Apollo, and Columbus, but with a softer citrus edge - also similar to Amarillo.
Here's a recipe I just made up:
YEAST: Danstar West Coast Yeast (have this left over, want to reuse it)
0.75 lbs Belgian Caramel Pils
0.25 lbs Briess Caramel 120
6 lbs Pilsen malt syrup
1 lb Pilsen dry malt extract
HOPS & FLAVORINGS
.75 oz AustralianTopaz (60 min)
0.5 oz AustralianTopaz (10 min)
0.5 oz Australian Topaz(0 min) (hop stand)
1 oz Australian Topaz (dry hop)
I plugged the info into hopville, says it will be incredibly bitter. (16AA)