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Old 11-04-2008, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default Your favorite hops...discuss!

I'm sure a thread like this has been started at one point in time, but I was having a discussion recently with a fellow HBer about their favorite hops. Granted, this is influenced by your own brewing preferences. I love English ales in particular, so my own favorite varieties are EKG, Fuggle, Williamette and Galena. For the occasional IPA, I have a fair bit of Centennial and Cascade on hand, and dry-hopping Simcoe and Amarillo is a combination you just can't beat!

Doing some quick mental inventory, I have in my stores right now:

1.5 lb Golding
8 oz Fuggle
1.5 lb Centennial
8 oz Cascade
1 lb Williamette
1 lb Challenger

What are your favs? What do you have on hand at all times?

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Old 11-04-2008, 07:41 PM   #2
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The only thing I have on hand at all time is Cascades and Willamettes, but the last couple of beers I made with Liberty have turned out really well. I really like the taste and smell of that hop.

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I'm a big fan of any citrusy, piney hop. Cascades, Amarillo, Chinook, etc... I really enjoy the flavors that they impart in beer.
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I'm a huuuuge EKG fan, and mixed with Fuggles? can't be beat
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I am a huge APA/American IPA fan. I have a few noble hops around, and some British style hops, but I have most of my freezer space dedicated to the c hops and my new love amarillo hops.

I make probably about 50-75% APAs and/or IPAs with a few American ambers thrown in for HWMO. I make about 3 German lagers per year, and about 5-6 British style beers. One or two cream ales per year. That's about the extent of my brewing repertoire.
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In a recent inventory I found I have 9 pounds of leaf and pellet hops.

And I love each of my children equally and individually. But if forced to choose at gunpoint I would have to sacrific the foster hops to save the ones I nurtured from infancy.

Out of all of my hops I have disowned my transgendered Chinook. That one was just too confused and liberal for the safety of the population. Sure it wasn't his/her fault, yes it was genetic but a family is a family I just can;t tolerate a gender confused offspring trying to sex up all my precious little girls.

What was the question again?

Oh, No favorites. But I have yet to try them all.
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Yooper, you seem to be in the dream brewing position. You are SWMBO. You can approve all brewing purchases and expansions. If most guys on here had that power, it seems their significant others would have to make do with shelters woven from sacks of grain, warmed only by a heat exchanger.
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Centennials are a favorite of mine for American style brews.
Saaz and Styrian for Belgian styles.
My brew freezer is literally stuffed full of hops right now. I have to hold it all back with one hand while getting the door shut.

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Most of my beers are British Ales anyway but Williamette works in a pinch for a lot of styles.
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In order, after Goldings: Fuggles, Challenger, Target, Northdown. However, what I've actually got is a pound or so of Willamette pellets. Very, very versatile, but still not my favourite.

Can you tell I'm a little bit Anglo-centric?


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