Bittering Hops

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Bittering Hops

Postby Brokenmast » Tue May 12, 2015 7:48 pm

My question is about bittering hops. If using a lower Alpha Acid hops (Cascade 6%AA .5oz 31% utilization = 11BU) or higher Alpha Acid (Nugget 12%AA .25oz 31% utilization = 11BU) at beginning of the boil, should give the same IBUs at the end of the boil, but will the taste be much difference, using the same grain bill (10Lbs Pale Malt).

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Re: Bittering Hops

Postby Mark Ranes » Tue May 19, 2015 7:54 am

For the most part, it won't make difference in the flavor. Bittering is bittering, although some hops do give off a perceived harshness (Chinooks come to mind) that will affect the overall perception of the beer. For the most part, the flavor hops (30 min) and aroma hops (10-0 min) will just overpower any flavor you get from the battering hops.

In general, like the commercial brewers, just use high AA hops to get the best bang for you buck on hop purchases:)

Mark
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Re: Bittering Hops

Postby Brokenmast » Wed May 27, 2015 6:24 pm

Thanks Mark, Colt and I brewed two batches, one with Cascade and one with Nugget as the bittering hops, and use the amount to have the same IBU's. The one with the Cascade hops was sweet and lightly bitter. It was good but needed more bitter to balance the sweetness. The one with Nugget was balanced.
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Re: Bittering Hops

Postby Mark Ranes » Wed May 27, 2015 8:39 pm

Looking forward to reconnecting with you guys! See you June 20!

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