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Insecticidal soap can knock them back as well with no harm to the plants. I've got bigger issues in my backyard today... Snow. Way too early and probably going to lose the harvest.


Even if you can't identify the strain, you can try using the cones to brew test batches, to see if it's any good as bittering hops, aroma or flavor. I did this with a batch of random "ornamental" hops, and liked the results enough to try to cultivate them.


I've spoken with hop growers and wholesalers about this before, and short of a DNA analysis there is almost no way to know for certain. You can make a rough guess based on the appearance of the hops and history of the area, but that's about it.


You can still use your hops, however buy some lady bugs or praying mantis' they will destroy the aphids. Also try planting marigolds near the hops it attracts lady bugs.


My protocol is to chill the wort in the kettle (I use an immersion chiller), then "stir it like crazy" -- it's called whirlpooling -- then wait at least an hour (I usually brew after dark, so I leave the covered kettle overnight) and siphon the wort into the fermenter. This helps to remove both hops and hot&cold break material, which may give ...


From my experience, Sorachi Ace hops can give a strange flavor and can be a challenge to work with. The first time we brewed with them, we took the slight "rubber band" taste as an indicator of bad yeast as described by the godfather of brewing, Charlie Papazian. After tasting other Sorachi Ace beers, it became clear that Sorachi Ace hops have an unusual ...


Putting hops in the fermenter after fermentation is called dry-hopping. Some brewers do this to get more hop aroma. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hops#Brewing) However, that would be with new hops, not the ones you already boiled.


It's best to remove the hops, but it's not a deal breaker if you don't. It will just make it harder to siphon the beer later. There are 2 other options to consider...you can put the hops in a nylon or muslin bag so that the entire bag can be removed later. Or after the wort has been cooled post boil, you can pour it through a sanitized strainer into your ...


I've made IPAs where I felt that they were just too sweet, the FG too high to allow the hop flavor to come forward (Azacca hops specifically, among others I'm certain that would be similar). In addition to Denny's recommendation, you may also try back-sweetening the beer to see if that helps cut through the hop flavor. Using lactose, you can take a pyrex ...


Dry hopping with Citra or Cascacde will add aroma and flavor. If you add enough, you might be able to cover up the Sorachi Ace.


Nugget is a little lower on the alpha side, so that may work. But I agree with mdma, adjust the amount of hops being used and/or when they are added.


Could you use less hops, or add them 10 minutes later in the boil? There are lots of hops that are less bitter (weight for weight), but whether they are a good fit depends upon the recipe. Sorry this isn't directly answering your question, but I think you can get what you are looking for (less bitterness) without having to substitute.

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