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Late Hopping Advice

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waggastew

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I am brewing a kits and bits dark ale for a mate on the weekend. Have been doing a few for him and use the following base recipe:

Coopers English Bitter
Coopers Amber Malt
Steep some choc wheat, roast barley, crystal (amounts vary based on what I have around)

In the past I have put some hops into the boil just to trick it up a bit (POR or EKG). Any thoughts on what might a good combo? I have available Saaz, EKG, POR (homegrown flowers), Perle, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Nel Sav, Galaxy, Tettanger.

The bloke is more of a dark/amber ale drinker so I think I should steer clear of the US/NZ hops? Anyone had success with late hopping dark ales with noble hops e.g. saaz, tettanger, perle?
 

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I am brewing a kits and bits dark ale for a mate on the weekend. Have been doing a few for him and use the following base recipe:

Coopers English Bitter
Coopers Amber Malt
Steep some choc wheat, roast barley, crystal (amounts vary based on what I have around)

In the past I have put some hops into the boil just to trick it up a bit (POR or EKG). Any thoughts on what might a good combo? I have available Saaz, EKG, POR (homegrown flowers), Perle, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Nel Sav, Galaxy, Tettanger.

The bloke is more of a dark/amber ale drinker so I think I should steer clear of the US/NZ hops? Anyone had success with late hopping dark ales with noble hops e.g. saaz, tettanger, perle?
Im about to do a old ale style (with oak if i can be bothered) and am deciding what hops to use so have a similar decision to make. EKG will be good for sure (though i don't have any so not an option for me right now) because it works both in early and late hopping IMO. POR would be pretty risky as a late hop don't see much flavour there. Simcoe is super astringent as a late hop IMO...grassy and piney which wouldn't go well with a dark ale. I've used cascade in dark beers and its fine...not sure about amarillo though. I have some styrian goldings i'm going to try in my dark beer i think.....

Not sure you will get alot of flavour from the noble hops late in the boil with that much malt going on....but can't hurt. I knew a guy who swore by using Saaz in his porter....
 

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I've used Saaz, Cascade and Goldings from that list, all very nice, but not mixed together.
I'd choose just one and use that.

Cascade is nice, the Americans use it a lot in dark beer.

Doesn't look very dark though, more of an English Brown by the looks, nothing wrong with that though.
 

Pennywise

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I'd go the EKG from that list. I've used a fair whack of Styrian Goldings with the EB kit and loved it, from memory it's what is used in the kit anyway, but all kits need more hops anyway IMO
 

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