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Old 11-08-2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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I have room for 5 more plants(maybe more). I have 1 Sunbeam Golden 4.5% alpha.
What should I get to have a well rounded supply of hops. I think I would like to grow Simcoe and Amarillo.

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Old 11-08-2008, 09:40 PM   #2
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Simcoe and amarillo are proprietary so you cannot get the rhizomes.

Personally I would go with Cascade and Centennial, but they are my favorite hops.

 
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:11 AM   #3
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Yeah, it really depends on what hops you like to use, what is available and what types of beers you brew. No sense growing a type of hop you do not have much use for.
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:16 AM   #4
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Decide what styles of beer you will brew most often - then plant the varieties most commonly used in those styles.

Consider a high alpha bittering hop as well. Nugget has done very well for me. Other home brewers I know have grown Magnum, Galena, or Chinook.

 
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:40 AM   #5
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I guess a better question would what 5 or 6 varieties wold give the most flexibility.
I brew a wide range of beers Porters, Wheats, Kolsch, Belgian Ales, Brown Ales, IPAs, the occasional fruit beer, maerzen...

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Old 11-11-2008, 02:45 AM   #6
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Fuggles
Halertau
Goldings
Cascade
Centennial

Those would be my choices and would cover you for all the styles you mentioned.

 
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:42 PM   #7
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That's a good list. I'd add Nugget and/or Mt. Hood.
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:46 PM   #8
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Chinook did well for me this year. It was great to have a high AA hop to stretch the cascades and Willamette and get a couple more batches out of my homegrown. Great beer too.

I'm going through the same thing right now.... i have 3 varieties and want to add maybe two more. probably something with with i could brew German and Belgian styles. Its a good problem to have though. Gives me the excuse to do more reading build more garden beds and best of all brew more beer!

 
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:12 AM   #9
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I curently have one each of cascade, centennial, mt. hood, and hallertau. Next year I'm propagating my mature cascade, and planting one more centennial rhizome. As far as expanding the selection, I plan on planting tettnanger, saaz, golding, and american high alpha (columbus, chinook).

When these are all producing the only thing I should need to buy will be amarillo and simcoe, unless I can find a west coast rhizome bandit.

The styles I currently like are: IPA, hefe-weizen, fruit wheat, american wheat, belgians, malty-ambers, light stouts. I'm pretty sure that I can keep myself satisfied in-house with eight hop varieties even if my tastes change.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:12 AM   #10
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[QUOTE=The Soft Underbelly;948516]Chinook did well for me this year. It was great to have a high AA hop to stretch the cascades and Willamette

Great idea.
I don't know much about the high alpha hops. How much flavor do hops have after the boil. I know early additions loose "most" of there aroma.
Does bitterness have a flavor

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