I've just started the beginning of some hop experiments using some newer varieties (Azacca, Buzz, and El Dorado). My goal is to get a good idea of the flavor and aroma from these hops that I've never used before. I'm making a 5 ga lbatch of IPA for each and will be using the same grain bill (96% Two row and %4 Crystal 40). I also going to use a small dose of Warrior hops for the 60 min addition and loading up with these new hops @ 15 min, 0 min and dry hop. Also, I also using some Cascade along with the new varieties because I don't usually like using one flavor and aroma hop alone. The ratio will be 3:1 new hop to Cascade. So, my first batch I used Azacca and it smelled like Amarillo and Citra when I added it to the boil kettle, but the true test will be in a couple weeks and I taste the finished product. My wife will also taste test with me and I think she has a better palette than me. I will keep this updated when the first beer is ready. Then, I will do the same with Buzz and El Dorado. I think I might bottle some of the first two batches to compare all three when the last batch is ready.
Sun, 12/07/2014 - 16:18#1
New hops experiment