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Whitbread Golding Hops question

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by memory, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. memory

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    I see Hopsdirect has a weekend sale buy one get one free for imported WGV pellets. I've used their US Goldings and am out of them and liked them a lot, but wondering if these compare well to them. Sounds like a decent deal but am wondering how they compare. Just a weaker cousin so use more? They say it's good for Pale ale and wheat, why not Barleywine?
    Or should I just get their US Goldings which I really like. Beautiful hop Goldings is.

    http://www.hopsdirect.com/mlk-day-coupon/
     
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    Next weekend (I hope) I'll brew a single hopped bitter that features these. It's the first time I'll be using them. I selected them because they were described by several sources as fruitier than Kent Goldings. Sounded interesting. The ones that I have are rated towards the high end of the alpha acid range, 7.1%. I'm not sure if that is generally true of the current crop or not.
     
  4. marquis

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    7.1% is pretty high for a Goldings; the ones I used were around 5.3%.

    Not all "Goldings" by the way are actually Goldings. Styrian Goldings are effectively Fuggles.Still a good hop though, Timothy Taylor's uses them in Landlord :)
     
  5. pweis909

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    There's all kinds of room for variation in a hop variety's profile depending on the conditions under which it was grown. The site that you listed above lists 5.5-7.5% as a typical range for Whitbread Goldings, so these are within that range, but higher than any Kent Golding or North American Golding that I have used.

    I've used Styrian Goldings in English-styled and Belgian-styled ales. I've never had a bad experience with them. Fuggles, too, for that matter. But this time, I wanted to try Whitbread Goldings. It's mostly just malt, hops, yeast, and water, but within those four ingredients, there are endless variations to try.
     
  6. patto1ro

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    I was shocked to discover how many different varieties are lumped together and sold as EKG.
     
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    That's interesting because if it were fish we were talking about, that would be illegal.
     
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    EKG are surely simply Goldings which are grown in East Kent ? As opposed to (just) Kent Goldings and Worcester Goldings which are all the genuine article.Priced accordingly with EKG being the dearest.
     
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    I have used the Whitbred Goldings. They are a little spicier then EKG. An excellent choice for any Ale!
     
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  10. patto1ro

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    No, it turns out EKG are a whole load of varieties. They all come from East Kent, but aren't necessarily Goldings.
     
  11. hopfenunmaltz

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    In the US you can buy "hallertau" that can be H. Gold or H Tradition or whatever. If I want H Mittelfrueh the package needs to state that. Homebrew shop sourced, commercial might be better.
     
  12. patto1ro

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    It's the hop merchants in Kent who lump them all together as EKG.
     
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    I love WGVs...they make superb single hop bitters. To me they taste slightly more lemon-y herbal tea like compared to EKG.
     
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    I use them in almost all my bitters as well. I perfer them mixed with First Gold or EKG for finishing and use them for bittering almost exclusively. Never tried them as a single hop.
     
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