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Old 09-08-2008, 09:56 PM   #1
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I love Amarillo and I will be using it in a single hop APA coming up next. Taking Ed Wort's Pale Ale recipe and using it for hop experiments kinda like the SMASH beers I keep reading about.

I wanted to try a non-citrusy American hop. I was thinking either a Sterling APA or Williamette APA possibly Mnt Hood. What say you?


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Old 09-08-2008, 10:00 PM   #2
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I just recently had an all Challenger APA--really liked it. And, honesty, I think Glacier is my new fave. I guess in some ways this hop shortage is forcing us to try and embrace other hops. I never would have used Glacier before. What say anyone else?


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Old 09-08-2008, 10:47 PM   #3
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I like Willamette. I bough a lot of Willamette pellets a while ago, and they're almost gone. It's a fairly neutral variety, developed from Fuggles in the 1970s. Mild, with a pleasant bitterness and herbal, earthy flavor and aroma.

They make a fine hops for a single-variety ale. As long ago as 1998, Bert Grant was using Willamette in a single-hop beer he called "Springfest". It's a refreshing alternative to the citrusy "C" hops for an APA.

If I can't get Fuggles or East Kent Goldings, I use Willamette to hop my English-style ales.

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EdWort's haus ale with all amarillos would be very good.

For a non-C American hop I would say try Mt Hood or Yakima Goldings, and use a Belgian yeast to make a Belgian Pale Ale. The Ardennes strain from Wyeast (3522) makes a great Belgian pale, or the DeKonick strain from White Labs when it's in season (WLP515).
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my friend makes a mt. hood & belgian munich SMaSH that is just amazing.

it's not an APA, tho...far too malty and sweet. i think it would still be good if you balanced the other way, tho.
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Got 2oz of whole leaf Sterling. Never used Sterling in an APA and never used whole leaf before! Ought to be interesting all around......
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I have been doing an APA single hop series for a little while now. So far my favorites have been centennial, amarillo, and simcoe. I am planning to do Sorichi Ace next since I have 3 oz in my freezer that need to get used up pretty soon.
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My next batch will probably be an APA with the Cluster that I just harvested from behind my grandmother's barn. APA was my first AG brew and I have been getting requests for it since the last bottles ran out a month ago.
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+1 to Amarillo being the SUPER DUPER SEXIFICATION of all hops. It is SO delicious that I just can't stop raving about it, even though that keg was gone a LONG time ago.... I have a 1.044 Pale Malt + Centennial SMaSH in primary right now.

Sterling sure looks interesting, I've not used that hop before!

I, too, have 2 oz Sorachi Ace in my freezer, I think that one is up next.
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I, too, have 2 oz Sorachi Ace in my freezer, I think that one is up next.
I have heard this one tastes very very strongly of lemon, and that about a half ounce will do it for a nice light refreshing wheat beer. I would not try it in an APA right off the bat.


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