Which Hops to use

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  1. Nola_Brew

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    Looking to brew two PA in the next month. I'm aiming for something citrusy. Would like to incorporate two or three hops into each batch.
    Grain bill#1
    MO 48.4%
    Vienna 25.8%
    Munich 17.2%
    C20 4.3%
    C60 4.3%
    Yeast US05, Conan, 1318 or 1272 if I can get some.

    As for hops, Citra is a must. Want all hops added late. I want to add one or two of the following:
    Chinook
    Mosaic
    Centennial
    Amarillo
    Galaxy
    Simcoe

    GB #2
    Pale Malt 76.2%
    Munich 10.9
    Carapils 4.3%
    C15 4.3%
    White Wheat 4.3%
    Yeast US05, Conan, 1318 or 1272

    Open to any hop combinations not used in GB #1.

    Thoughts please!
     
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    personally I'm really big on Amarillo + Citra.... Citra + Galaxy is my #1 go to for pales, bitter with a tiny bit of citra, then ramp up additions at 20, 10, 5, 3, 2, 1, galaxy is also quite the dry hop addition.
     
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    My go-to combo is Simcoe, Centennial (or Cascade) and Citra. I tend to add them in that order with Simcoe at 20 to emphasize the dank-pine notes. Then double down on all three at flame-out. Even without dry hopping, the aroma is lush. I'm going to switch out the Citra for Mosaic next time I do it. I'm eager to try that combo.
    I think your first grain bill may be a little sweet with that much Crystal. Even without much Crystal and with good attenuation, those fruity hops trick your brain into tasting sugars.
    Second one looks great, though I might trade the Carapils for more wheat. Another hop combo that I'm very keen to use is Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe. You've got 3 out of 4 of those and they might lay down a big foundation to support a heavy flame-out addition of the Galaxy.
     
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    I just did a Galaxy pale ale that I really like. I have tried Citra + Galaxy and it was great.
     
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    I really like Simcoe so may go with Simcoe and Mosaic for the 1st batch and Citra & Galaxy for the second one.
    Maybe I'll cut back on the crystal on the first GB. Don't really want a sweet beer.
     
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    A pinch of Chinook somewhere in the mix on either one of those brews might add a little depth and complexity, but I don't think you can go wrong with those combinations.
     
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    Made some tweaks:
    GB#2
    75.7 PA
    10.8 Vienna
    3.6% C20
    3.6% carapils
    6.3% flaked Oats
    Conan or 1318
    Warrior FWH
    equal amt of citra/galaxy at 15, 0 and 5 days dry hop
    IBU 40

    GB#1
    66% MO
    10.4% Vienna
    10.4% Munich
    3.5% C20
    2.8% C60
    3.5% Carapils
    3.5% acid malt (this amt may change depending on ph)
    Warrior FWH
    Mosaic/Simcoe/Centennial @ 10, 0 (equal amts)
    Simcoe DH for 5 days. May add Chinook as a dry hop

    Thoughts?
     
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    J A Well-Known Member

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    I think I'd have to choose Mosaic for the dry-hop on that last one. :)
    But they look good!
     
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    Centennial would go as dry hop in #2 also. It should blend with the sweeter malt bill.
    I like #1 the way it is.
     
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    Columbus
    Centennial
    Cascade

    Would be my choice.... In fact I do!
     
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    My two favorite IPAs so far have been Columbus/Cascade and Columbus/Centennial. All three together would be just as good if not better. :)
     

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