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Old 12-21-2007, 12:50 PM   #1
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After being in the "hophead" stage of homebrewing, I've been wondering what comes next. To digress a bit, I think it is very common for homebrewers to enter a stage where they discover hops and how to make very hoppy beers and to become very anamored of making really hopped up brews.

In my case it happened when I moved to full boils and then to AG. Before that I made some extract batches that I really enjoyed, but none of them ever had very much hop bitterness, aroma or flavor.

Now that I've gotten a year's worth of full boil AG batches under my belt (both figuratively and literally-- you should see what's been happening to my wasteband size) I've been able to make some beers that really show off the characteristics that hops can provide.

I'm not tired of it yet (and I suspect that my brews will always tend to be hoppier than most commerical varieties), but I'm wondering-- is there a typical stage that many homebrewers move on to after their "hophead" stage?

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Old 12-21-2007, 01:07 PM   #2
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:23 PM   #3
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I believe the rest of the Jedi Creed was

FYB leads to Homebrew
Homebrew leads to All Grain
Algrain leads to Hopiness
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:34 PM   #4
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Some of us never escape hopheadedness. I haven't yet, and I hope that I never do.

Don't get me wrong, I don't overhop everything. I still enjoy malty beers as well, but my preference is strong bitterness, flavor and aroma, so that's what I brew mostly.

The price increase in hops has not been significant enough to deter me.
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:35 PM   #5
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:37 PM   #6
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I eat raw hops and keep threatening to cook with them.
I keep meaning to do a hop icecream.
Have a beer on me.

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Old 12-21-2007, 02:45 PM   #7
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Sour beers
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Old 12-21-2007, 02:50 PM   #8
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Old 12-21-2007, 03:59 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by landhoney
Sour beers
Sour is the new hoppy.
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Old 12-21-2007, 04:18 PM   #10
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eh, I'm all about the malt; but sour is the new hoppy, good call olllllo.
And now we go AG!

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