To dry hop or not to dry hop (Belgian)

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by JAramini, Jan 19, 2013.

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  1. JAramini

    JAramini Aspirant (230) Jun 5, 2005 New York

    I was going to make a saison, but upon finding out how warm the saison yeasts needed to ferment, I went a slightly different direction.

    I don't known if it's a Belgian IPA or a Belgian Strong Golden. Or, hell, maybe it'll taste like a hoppy saison.

    Anyway, the recipe is 2/3rds Light Pils, 1/3 Golden, hopped with saaz and Sorachi, fermented with Wyeast Belgian Ardennes.

    I was thinking of throwing some Nelson in as a dry hop, but I'm not sure if I should or not - maybe after it ferments a little longer I could taste it when I check the gravity and see if I want more aroma. But, anyway, your thoughts?
  2. nedvalton

    nedvalton Initiate (187) Dec 29, 2012 Alabama
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    What size batch? What were your hop additions amount/time?
  3. darknova306

    darknova306 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2005 New York

    I'd add the dry hops. Mixing Nelson Sauvin's aroma character with Sorachi Ace sounds like a solid idea.
  4. ryane

    ryane Initiate (159) Nov 21, 2007 Washington

    I wouldnt use the nelson in this beer, have you used S.Ace late in the boil before? I cant stand its flavor (lemon pledge), and I feel that adding the nelson would be a waste of a great hop
  5. atomeyes

    atomeyes Disciple (382) Jul 13, 2011 Ontario (Canada)
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    a year ago, i made a belgian blonde/saison that was flame-outed with Sorachi Ace.
    it took 6-9 months before it was drinkable. the hoppiness was that nuts.
  6. JAramini

    JAramini Aspirant (230) Jun 5, 2005 New York

    Nedvalton, I linked the recipe in my post.

    Surprised sorachi is getting such hate here, didn't realize it was so disliked.
  7. nedvalton

    nedvalton Initiate (187) Dec 29, 2012 Alabama
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    I see now. Sorry. Its not quite belgian ipa or golden strong. Dry hop i think it will be nice. I am not a fan of nelson but its a good hop to utilize.
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