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 Post subject: Herkules hops for a lager?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:35 pm 
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Thinking of brewing a lager soon, has anyone used Herkules hops for a lager? (Given that a few of us have some) Or if not any opinions on whether they are suitable?

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 Post subject: Re: Herkules hops for a lager?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:17 pm 
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My initial reaction would have been no, I'd have based that on them being a high alpha hop. Did a bit of searching around and found http://homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/6793/are-german-merkur-or-herkules-hops-noble-enough-to-sub-in-a-pilsener so it's a maybe, but you would add them very late and even then probably not much.

I've been using them happily in all sorts of 'pale ales' as the battering hop, I like them.

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 Post subject: Re: Herkules hops for a lager?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:42 pm 
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I have just used them in a czech amber as bittering

http://beersmithrecipes.com/viewrecipe/845479/czech-neck-oil

came out very nice.

I think as roger says, they would be best as a bittering hop. Saaz or hallertaur late in the boil for aroma would be preferred.

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Thanks, pretty much what I thought but nice to have it confirmed.

I agree they are great for bittering, very happy with them in that respect.

Just wondering if I could get away with not buying 100g of Saaz, when I'm only going to use about 40g, however it looks like I can use the rest up in a pale ale.

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 Post subject: Re: Herkules hops for a lager?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:19 pm 
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I have Saaz in the freezer, you can have whatever you want.

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 Post subject: Re: Herkules hops for a lager?
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Ariel and I used 50g of Herk for 60m of boil in a hoppy lager we brewed back in February, we found it to be very nice to work with. A nice clean bitterness without any goofy flavors, which seemed to work well with the general lager theme.

We've used it since in much more reasonable quantities just as a replacement for Hallertau, and it does the trick in that capacity too. Using a hop with that much AA even convinced us to do our first IBU calculation too.

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 Post subject: Re: Herkules hops for a lager?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:06 pm 
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RogerP wrote:
I have Saaz in the freezer, you can have whatever you want.


Thanks I'll get in touch closer to brewing it and see if you have some left. I know I said soon but really I meant when the weather turns colder, so hopefully not too soon.

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