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Old 01-20-2008, 07:22 AM   #1
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Anyone ever use saaz as a finishing hop in a pale ale? I have some saaz on hand and was just wondering how it would trun out. only used it in dubbels so far i think

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Old 01-20-2008, 12:51 PM   #2
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I've never used Saaz in that fashion, so I can't tell you what it'll taste/smell like, but there's no reason you can't.

I mean, if you're trying to clone Greene King Abbott Ale, you're probably a bit off the mark using Saazer instead of Kent Goldings. But there's no reason to think that your beer will be bad. Saaz is a luvverly hop, with a very fine character. It's just different from the hops we usually assume would be used for flavor/aroma additions in English or American pale ales, 'cause it isn't Goldings or Cascades.

But hell! That's why we're homebrewers! Go nuts!


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Old 01-20-2008, 01:46 PM   #3
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I just used Saaz and Hallertauer as finishing hops in an IPA. Sometimes you gotta just say screw the guidelines.
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:39 PM   #5
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I've had an all Saaz Pilsner and it was good. The main question is what were you planning for the flavor hop? I think it would work well with Fuggle or Willamette.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:13 PM   #6
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I have used Saaz as a bittering hop for an IPA with excellent results. It contributes a very nice rounded bittering that complimented the East Kent Goldings used for dry hopping. Saaz can be a bit costly to use for bittering. Mine only had a AA of 3.5% and I ended up using 4 oz of it, plus an oz of EKG for dry hopping.

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Old 01-20-2008, 10:11 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by david_42
I've had an all Saaz Pilsner and it was good. The main question is what were you planning for the flavor hop? I think it would work well with Fuggle or Willamette.
I just dry hopped with 50/50 Cascade/Fuggle in a Stone IPA AG clone. Cant wait to see the results.
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:46 AM   #8
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This is a great beer

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Old 01-21-2008, 03:09 AM   #9
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Old 01-21-2008, 03:17 AM   #10
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Did it on my last blonde pale was all Saaz as a matter of fact. I think it is my best brew yet. I kept the IBU's low. - Dirk
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