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Old 11-20-2007, 02:26 PM   #1
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Good morning. Positive Yuri here again...

After dry hopping my pale ale this weekend with a combination of pellets and whole hops, I remembered how much more effective pellets can be when dry hopping. It got me thinking...and I think someone else may have said something similar...

I use almost exclusively whole hops, but now I can't get all the varieties I want without using some pellets. Using some pellets got me thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of hops. Whole hops don't make that nasty green ring around the boil kettle. Pellet hops get better utilization. Whole hops are easier to strain. Pellet hops give a more pungent aroma when dry hopping. And so on... Those of us who are bent on using only one form of hops won't have that luxury anymore. We may (re)discover the merits of using a different type.

Then I started thinking about hop varieties. The less popular varieties will suddenly become the most popular just based on availability. New recipes will result. New tastes will be discovered, palates will change...

...and...techniques may change! We'll start finding ways to maximize the use of our hops. First wort hopping may become more popular. The use of bittering hop oils may begin to gain momentum with homebrewers. The list surely goes on...

Folks, it's not a hop shortage, it's an opportunity!

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Old 11-20-2007, 02:27 PM   #2
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If you want to be really positive, think of how much fun it'll be to experiement with some of the varieties that are now reaching market because of the shortage.
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:30 PM   #3
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I agree Yuri, its an opportunity. I use pellets almost all the time, but I've got some homegrown whole-leaf Cascades. I don't mind the standard varieties being rare, as long as there are substitutions. New hop varieties mean new possibilities. I look forward to improvising...
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:43 PM   #4
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This weekend O'Flannigan, Ryan1801 and I were talking about just that. It will be great to see the new rush of recipes. I for one am very excited to create something with a new flavor profile.

 
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:43 PM   #5
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I'm really hoping to see more commercial brown ales become available at the local grocery store or beer stop.

Not sure where exactly, but I read that pellets are harder to dry hop with and provide less flavor by weight. Maybe the pellets degrade faster, so you have to make sure they're very fresh or stored properly?

 
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:44 PM   #6
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That is a great point, about the experimentation, i have to admit that i stick to a few standards with a couple of other varieties that I have played with. This will provide me with the opportunity to try new things.



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Old 11-20-2007, 02:46 PM   #7
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Bravo hops? Anyone?...

 
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:52 PM   #8
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I have been thinking of making a spruce tip beer this my actually get me to brew it

 
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Old 11-20-2007, 03:08 PM   #9
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Maybe it'll encourage more micros to experiment with flavors other than hops (smoke and sour, in particular).
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The Japanese call it a "crisitunity".
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