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#1 Mando

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 07:23 AM

....of the year!!!

 

No, not Christmas.  Hop pre-order season for hop heaven!

 

What are you guys thinking of buying for the upcoming year?  Anything new?

 

I'm considering changing things up this year and going for some "affordable" hops:

 

Cascade @ $14/lb

Centennial @ $14/lb

Chinook @ $13/lb

Willamette @ $14/lb

 

I've never used Bravo before but at $13/lb I might.  Anyone have any experience there?

 

Also, how about eldorado @ $15/lb?  I seem to remember this one being pretty popular so if it's good that price doesn't seem too bad.

 

I'm completely out of simcoe and only have about half a pound of citra left but at $19 and $20 per pound respectively I'm willing to try some different hops for my APAs/IPAs this year.


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 08:01 AM

I think your choices are pretty cool.  I've paired up El Dorado with Citra and Mosaic in what I thought was a delicious Pale Ale.  All whirlpooled and dry hopped.  


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 08:33 AM

no bravo?


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 10:57 AM

Nope


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 11:37 AM

At Hop & Brew School Stan recommended adding about 10% of your hop bill as Bravo if you're making a fruity hop forward beer.  I tried it, and damned if he wasn't right!  )


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 11:44 AM

At Hop & Brew School Stan recommended adding about 10% of your hop bill as Bravo if you're making a fruity hop forward beer.  I tried it, and damned if he wasn't right!  )

 

I have done this as well after you mentioned it here and I do like adding some Bravo really makes them "juicy"   :D


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 11:48 AM

I think your choices are pretty cool. I've paired up El Dorado with Citra and Mosaic in what I thought was a delicious Pale Ale. All whirlpooled and dry hopped.


2nd that!! That's become a favorite hop combo of mine. Flavors shine thru in WP and dry hop additions, IMO.
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Posted 04 October 2019 - 12:22 PM

2nd that!! That's become a favorite hop combo of mine. Flavors shine thru in WP and dry hop additions, IMO.

 

As highly suggested by drezz ;) 


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 07:17 PM

Yup. Bravo is very nice. Big bold citrus notes. As Denny noted vis a vis Stan the man, I agree it’s best blended tho. El Dorado is also fantastic. It has a tropical fruit spicy thing that I dig. Like you know how mangoes sometimes are a little spicy? Like that. Pretty neat.

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 12:15 PM

This is what I decided to do based on what I have in inventory.  I decided to forgo centennial this year and get more Citra instead.

 

Bravo Oct AF/IPA 16 oz pellet $ 12.95
  Cascade Oct AF/IPA 16 oz pellet $ 13.95 
  Chinook Oct AF/IPA 16 oz pellet $ 12.95
  Citra Oct AF/IPA 16 oz pellet $ 19.95 
  Columbus Oct AF/IPA 16 oz pellet $ 11.95 
  Eldorado Oct AF 16 oz pellet $ 14.95
  Willamette Oct EF 16 oz pellet $ 13.95

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 12:47 PM

 

This is what I decided to do based on what I have in inventory.  I decided to forgo centennial this year and get more Citra instead.

 

Bravo Oct AF/IPA 16 oz pellet $ 12.95
  Cascade Oct AF/IPA 16 oz pellet $ 13.95 
  Chinook Oct AF/IPA 16 oz pellet $ 12.95
  Citra Oct AF/IPA 16 oz pellet $ 19.95 
  Columbus Oct AF/IPA 16 oz pellet $ 11.95 
  Eldorado Oct AF 16 oz pellet $ 14.95
  Willamette Oct EF 16 oz pellet $ 13.95

 

 

Looking good!

 

I am not going to get much this year.  I do have some nelson in my cart but 33/# is making me cringe!


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 03:47 PM

Looking good!

 

I am not going to get much this year.  I do have some nelson in my cart but 33/# is making me cringe!

 

LOL!  respect.

 

I'm planning to mix that el dorado with some citra, bravo and maybe a little strata I have left from last year.  should be awesome!


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 03:56 PM

LOL! respect.

I'm planning to mix that el dorado with some citra, bravo and maybe a little strata I have left from last year. should be awesome!


That will be a great blend. I like Citra, mosaic and El Dorado.
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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:04 PM

Yeah, I couldn't bring myself to buy Mosaic as well :lol:
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Posted 16 October 2019 - 09:39 AM

I ended up just going with New Zealand and Australian hops this year. Went with a pound each of Nelson, Vic Secret and Riwaka 


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 11:52 AM

got all my hops today - now what to brew??!!!  I'm thinking I might do a classic cascade/willy beer since it's been so long since I've had both of those.  or maybe something with bravo, eldorado and some strata from last year.  hmmmmm :scratch:


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 07:28 PM

got all my hops today - now what to brew??!!!  I'm thinking I might do a classic cascade/willy beer since it's been so long since I've had both of those.  or maybe something with bravo, eldorado and some strata from last year.  hmmmmm :scratch:

 

Cascade/willy gets my vote. Love that combo.


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Posted 17 November 2019 - 04:50 AM

Cascade/willy gets my vote. Love that combo.

 

also have some bry-97 to try out.  also been wanting to make something with some GP base malt.


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Posted 17 November 2019 - 06:35 AM

Cascade/willy gets my vote. Love that combo.


Not sure what it is about that combo but it is wonderful.
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