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Old 09-22-2008, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default Amarillo in an Irish Stout?

I just brewed an Irish Stout for my wife. Hops are in short supply and I needed a bittering hop, so I grabbed Amarillo which had the same acid profile as the hop in the original recipe. After brewing the beer (it is now in the primary) I found out that this hop is similar to Cascade. Citrus and grapefruit doesn't sound very appealing in a stout.

However, I did use the Amarillo as a bittering hop. Will the citrus notes be retained after a 60 minute boil?


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Old 09-22-2008, 05:14 PM   #2
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It might retain a little of that profile, but I think you'll be ok. And really, I don't think it would be all bad if you could taste them.


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Old 09-30-2008, 04:20 AM   #3
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Just racked it off to the secondary as posted in another thread. Tasted great!
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:36 AM   #4
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Yeah. If you used it as a bittering addition, it won't maintain a lot of the flavor profile that you'd get if you put it in the end of the boil.
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:06 PM   #5
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Following up on what everyone else said...

And if you do get some citrus in the finish, say it's an American Dry Stout.
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Bottled it this weekend and did not notice any citrus notes. Very happy with results.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:47 PM   #7
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Humm.. This thread got me thinking.

I'm looking to brew a nice dry Irish stout for myself and I have 1lb of centennial, 1lb of cascades, and 1lb of amarillo in my freezer. If I used a combination of these bittering (60 min) at the appropriate AA level would they impart much flavor? I was just going to buy 3oz of EKG, but if I could just use 1oz of my centennial which is almost 3 times the AA of EKG would that work?

Or would this crack pot idea just save money/make a sub-par beer? I was just thinking that since I had them on hand it might save a trip to the store.
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Use what you have. If you're only using one ounce, there's even less chance of any flavor being imparted.
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I actually like 'C' hops in a porter. In a stout not so much, but for bittering I would still use 'em in a pinch.
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The Amarillo is supposed to be very close to Cascade, so I would go for it. As I said and others have mentioned, when used as a bittering hop, you don't get much (if any) of the flavor.


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