Hop selection for Saison hybrid

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  1. th Cap'n

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    I'm working on a low grav Saison hybrid recipe (moving forward from the Belgian Pale hybrid concept). I'm looking for strong peach and apricot flavors with a touch of citrus. Thinking W3711 for yeast and primarily pilsner malt with a little wheat and Munich.

    Hop suggestions so far:
    Hull Melon
    Australian Summer
    New Zealand Motueka
    Citra
    Mosaic
    Brewer's Gold
    Amarillo

    Like I said, low gravity, finishing around 4% ABV with ~20 IBU.

    Thoughts?
     
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    thoughts for the finishing hop flavor, dry hop with citra/Simco or citra/Amarillo seems to work for me
     
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    For a Saison, Tettnanger is my hop of choice. What effect are you going for? I can see Citra as a good choice for citrusy-grapefruity flavor, Amarillo to tilt more toward melon-lemon and Willamette to tilt more toward floral. Saisons should be tart and spicy, that's why I stick with spicy Tettnanger when I do one but hey, you could get good results with nearly any flavor hop.
     
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    where do you find Hull Melon hops?
     
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    The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of a Saison finished with Citra....
     
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    If you want the fruit to stand out I would stay away from the citrus style hops. Spicy will enhance fruit flavor with malt sweetness present. Sasion yeast will add spicy notes on its own. I used 7lbs. of fresh peaches in a 4gal. batch and only got suttle peach flavor. If you use peaches go with 10 but apricots should have a stronger enhancement.
     
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    I ordered them here: http://amihopfen.com/Hops/Germany/Huell ... anguage=en
    (going to bottle my first Hüll Melon IPA tomorrow! :D )
    If you aren't in the EU, you will probably have to flick Daniel an email regarding shipping.
     
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    ah, ok. I haven't seen the new German hops in any of the American stores yet. Wonder when they will be available here....
     
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