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I am using Fuggles for bitter and for flavour/aroma. While I am content with flavour/aroma I find that bitterness is a bit harsh. Is it just my opinion, or Fuggle is not very suitable for bitterness?

The recipe I used was the following:

for 4,5l

400g amber dry extract
85g crystal 120L (steep for 45' in around 70C water)

8g Fuggles 5% 60'
3.2g Fuggles 5% 30'
3.2g Fuggles 5% 15'
3.2g Fuggles 5% 2'
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Fuggles aren't typically used for bittering being as their alpha's are so low. I have never experienced a bitter harshness from use of fuggles. Of course it's all recipe dependent, what was your hop schedule?

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  • Alpha acid percentage was around 5%. I will post the exact recipe. – Paolo Mar 19 '13 at 15:58
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Thanks everybody for your help, after some research I think that what I experienced is mostly because of those reasons:

  • Fuggles has a not so low cohumulone content, compared with noble hops. Moreover the one I used was (not English) Fuggles, which has higher cohumulone content than English Fuggles
  • In my particular case the hops used were harvested in 2011 (more than a year ago)
  • Recipe was an amber ale, about 1.045 OG from extract, with moderate Crystal addition. The result didn't have plenty of body and final sweetness, that could have better balanced bitterness.
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My 2c: I did a (high IBU) single-varietal Fuggles barley wine many years ago and didn't get any harshness - it was one of my favourite beers.

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  • I suppose you aged it for some time. I drunk my amber ale after a couple of weeks... :) This might have some effect. – Paolo Mar 19 '13 at 15:59

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