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Offline philm63

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2012 Hop Shortages - Are Commercial Brewers Changing Recipes??!
« on: October 20, 2012, 07:41:48 PM »
I've recently discovered the shortages in Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe during a recent visit to my LHBS - these are a few of my favorites, of course! Guess I'll try some new varieties - what better way to see what else is out there, no?

What's more; it seems some commercial breweries may have changed their recipes to account for the shortages in some of these hops - backed off on the amounts of some varieties or changed to other types.

Not sure how true this is but one thing I know for sure; 6-packs of a couple of my favorite IPAs I just bought do NOT taste like they did a couple of months ago, and I heard that one of our local breweries here in Metro Atlanta has changed their recipes already so I think there is probably something to the shift in flavor I'm detecting here, otherwise I've experienced a serious lupulin threshold shift drinking my latest batch of IPA (it was quite hoppy and delicious, if I do say so myself - hopped with Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, Citra and Amarillo).

Anybody else experience any changes in their favorite commercial IPAs recently? Any ideas on replacement varieties for some of these hops?
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Re: 2012 Hop Shortages - Are Commercial Brewers Changing Recipes??!
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2012, 11:24:46 AM »
Breweries contract their hops and unless they miscalculated a year ago, they should not have had issues with hops varieties.  Smaller brewpubs do run into issues especially when they don't contract.  I typically see them start to offer different beers like a Scotch Ale or Imperial Stouts, etc.   In a way, I like it as I get to see new things from the brew pubs.  I visited Lagunitas a few weeks ago and there was no shortage of hops there.  Same with Heretic Brewing.

For us homebrewers, it sucks.  I am sitting here with no DIPA because "I can't get no Amarillo or Citra".

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Re: 2012 Hop Shortages - Are Commercial Brewers Changing Recipes??!
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 05:04:46 AM »
Just placed some orders for hops, some from here, some from there, took a while but I got all of my favorites. Also looked at a few newer varieties I'd not seen before and was wondering if anyone has tasting notes on some of these:

Zythos, Motueka, Pacific Jade, and Topaz.

I'm looking for different hops primarily for Pale Ales and IPAs.
On Tap: Oatmeal Stout, IPA
Fermenting: Air
On Deck: Kolsch

 

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