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mcodville

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I am moving from Canada to New Zealand this summer. I know they have a lot of interesting hop varieties grown there that aren't grown anywhere else in the world. Anyone have any good recipe ideas that are New Zealand hop based?
 

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Being lazy and not posting full recipes, I can say NZ hops have ended up being in three of my staple recipes.

Annual Russian imperial stout: Pacific Gem with UK Bramling Cross - both have a blackberry descriptor, despite the intent to age, I do use a large whirlpool/steep charge which hangs in there.

Saison: Pacific Jade and Pacifica - lemon, pepper, and orange elements from these together which work well. Have included Nelson Sauvin in the past, but prefer just these two in combination.

Pale Ale/IPA: Nelson Sauvin and Kohatu together with some bittering addition and then heavy, heavy whirlpool and dry hop doses creates a wonderful blend (drinking what surely must be one of the last glasses from the bottom of a keg now).

I've used Wakatu in a wit which wasn't bad. It did have a touch of lime character. Odd hop.

I just did an English style pale ale with Rakau and UK Archer to combine their stone fruit/peach notes. It tasted as descriptions predicted, but was a bit boring. I may use my remaining stock in a Kolsch-like beer or a simple blond ale or American wheat.

I visited NZ in 2013. At that time, I found Tuatara and 8 Wired to be solid, reliable commercial breweries across their ranges. Wonderful trip. Hope I return again someday. Enjoy the relo.
 

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You'll be able to get some Riwaka. I've always wanted to try it but they put a prohibition on export a while back because yields were low.
 

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I did my Maori IPA with all NZ hops. Those warriors are some crazy mofo's fer sher! Pacific gem for bittering, Flavor & aroma (dry) hops were; motueka, pacifica & wakatu. Keep in mind when I brewed this beer, not as many NZ hops were available here compared to now. My BS2 recipe is dated 4/21/13, & is a pb/pm biab ale with US-05 rehydrated. A yeast with those nondescript fruity esters would be better for this one. Was thinking of posting the recipe?...
 
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