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Postby redtail28 » Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:29 pm

How do you choose hops to brew with?
Hop wheel or chart? Trying to choose what
hops to put in a Blonde ale?
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Postby aleguy » Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:35 pm

I always choose the hops to brew with by the flavor profile I am trying to achieve. This is somewhat problematic because there is a very good, but limited selection at Marcello's and I haven't yet ordered hops online.
If you are brewing a Belgian style blond, you're going to want to use some very mild, low-alpha hops. Saaz is a good bet unless you can get some Mittelfruh.
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Postby Imakewort » Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:40 pm

you need to find a good base recipe for whatever you are brewing and the modify it from there. I would highly recommend buying Jamil Zainasheff's book " Brewing classic styles" and if you want to design your own beers buy "designing great beers" can not go wrong with these books.
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Postby aleguy » Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:33 pm

Those are both great books. However, for designing Belgian recipes, you need one of the style books from Beertown.org (they're cheaper from Amazon) I recommend "brew like a monk" for golden ales and the trappist styles.
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