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Old 10-22-2007, 03:20 PM   #1
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I brewed an oatmeal stout yesterday and bought some Columbus hops to use for bittering. When I opened them, I was turned off by the smell. It reminded me of the first hops I opened a year or so ago that had gone bad. However, I read that Columbus has a pungent aroma, so this may have been normal. I was also turned off to the slightly yellow color of the hops. I decided to throw them away and fortunately I had some Pearle hops to use. I figured since bittering, it shouldn't matter too much. But, I definitely didn't want to chance ruining a beer.

So, is what I experienced hops gone bad, or is that sound like the characteristic of Columbus hops?


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Old 10-22-2007, 05:08 PM   #2
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Columbus is sometimes called super-cascades and the smell is pungent. Slight yellowing of hops is not a problem, brown is.


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Oh well, lesson learned. Thanks, I appreciate the help!
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I wish you would have sent them to me for disposal

Seriously, Columbus is probably my favorite high AA hop.
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Next time I try them, I will make sure they are ordered from a place where I know they are fresh and compare. I just couldn't get over the smell, though!


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