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Old 01-22-2009, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default 5.8% AA Saaz?

I picked up some Saaz at the LHBS for my next batch. I was somewhat surprised to se that they were marked "5.8%". Seems awfully high for Saaz. I mentioned that to the guy at the shop, but he didn't comment at all.

Could they actually be 5.8%? I'd hate to change the hopping rates accordingly and have it come out wrong. I believe the last ones I bought there were more like 2.9%. Could these be a domestic version? I Think I've read about domestics tending to have a higher alpha acid content.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:02 PM   #2
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Seems fine to me.

At hopsdirect.com right now:

US Saaz pellet: 6.3 - 7.0%
Czech Saaz pellet: 2.5 - 3.3%
US Saaz whole: 5.8%
Czech Saaz whole: 5.1%


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Old 01-22-2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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I picked up some Saaz at the LHBS for my next batch. I was somewhat surprised to se that they were marked "5.8%". Seems awfully high for Saaz. I mentioned that to the guy at the shop, but he didn't comment at all.

Could they actually be 5.8%? I'd hate to change the hopping rates accordingly and have it come out wrong. I believe the last ones I bought there were more like 2.9%. Could these be a domestic version? I Think I've read about domestics tending to have a higher alpha acid content.
Thanks!

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Yeah, unless the label says they are Czech, which at 5.8AA% is very doubtful, those are almost certainly domestic Saaz.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:07 PM   #4
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They are US saaz. I have the exact same stuff (same AA, at the least)

Still VERY good stuff
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I ran into "Super Saaz" last time at the brew store. Can't remember what the AA was....
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I don't think "super saaz" is a real strain. It could have been Super Styrian Goldings, however (or someone could have been screwing with the name.)
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Just bought some Czech Saaz at 3.2%. I agree, that seem a bit high for real Czech Saaz so it's probably domestic. It should be fine in whatever you brew though so good luck!
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Very cool. Thanks folks! Looks like I might have some hops left over.
With my Father-in-Law helping out as judge/Guinea pig, I've been working on dialing in a Czech Pilsner. I'm hoping I have enough of my own home-grown Saaz for flavor and aroma.
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I think Saazer varies more than any other hop. I've seen them as low as 1% and as high as 7. If I remember correctly that was a lot of 1% Saaz out there last year.
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I don't think "super saaz" is a real strain. It could have been Super Styrian Goldings, however (or someone could have been screwing with the name.)
You're right... Super Styrian... I was buying both that day and got confused.


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