Sorachi ace & Lemondrop

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  1. Frankenbrewer

    Frankenbrewer Well-Known Member

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    I'm planning a batch bittering with Sorachi Ace hops 1oz 60 min and then whirlpool and dry hoping with the combination of SA and LemonDrop hops. I have read some old posts that say that SA hops are disgusting and garlicky. Has anyone had this experience with Sorachi Ace?
     
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    More like dill.
     
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    I've used that combo to good effect. I've never experienced garlic or anything disgusting but there is a very noticeable savory-herbal/dill quality. Personally, I think it adds a sophisticated note to the lemon-candy quality of the Lemon Drop.
    I'd use Magnum to bitter because it's so smoothe and adds just a note of fruit and flower that really makes the flavors come together..
     
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    It just so happens I have some Magnum in the freezer. Thanks for the idea.
     
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    I used SA as a late addition in an American Wheat once and it was all dill. I couldn't get past it. I'm unlikely to ever use it again but if I did I would restrain myself to a small amount. YMMV.
    I like Lemondrop but I get more citrus with just hints of lemon. It has never been "Lemon-drop candy like" for me, though my late additions were not that large. Next time I use LD, I Intend to lean on it a bit more.

    Bittering with Magnum is a great suggestion from @J A
     
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    I'm intending to use SA for my next Gose.
     
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    Good luck with the Gose. I'd be very interested to hear if you get an overwhelming dill flavor/aroma - or if you even notice it at all. I don't think the dill always dominates, depending on how the Sorachi Ace is used. Thing is, if the dill was subtle, I could see it being very effective. FWIW, in a 2.5 gal batch, I used 1oz of SA and 1oz of Mouteka at 5 minutes left in the boil. I might as well have thrown the Mouteka in the trash. It never got past the dill. :)

    I have paired Mouteka with Lemondrop and got a nice citrus/lime flavor/aroma.
     
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    I had planned on using SA and lemondrop for whirlpool and dry hop 1 oz each. Is this a mistake?
     
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    I want the dill flavor - think hints of pickle juice.
     

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