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Is using a large amount of low alpha hops for bittering a bad idea?

Its possible that the added vegetal material will be an issue in a style as delicate as Kölsch. But like you mention, I too have loaded up beers with more than twice your proposed amount and been OK (...
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Why are AAU not specified for dry hopping?

Dry-hopping does not impart bitterness. The bitterness in the beer originates in the isomerization of hop alpha acids in the heat of the boil. Since dry hopping is done cold, no AAU units of ...
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Effect on a low gravity boil size on IBUs in the final batch

There are a bunch of factors to consider here. To name a few: As you mention, zero to very little gravity will tend to increase the utilization rate as there will be less competitive inhibition from ...
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Cascade hops high alpha acid

The AA content of hops is seasonal, and depends a lot on the weather. What you see listed in books is "typical", but that doesn't mean it can't be higher or lower than that. You should always adjust ...
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Cascade hops high alpha acid

Since you are already substituting cascade hops instead of centennial hops, you are not going to hit some pre-destined goal. So you might as well go with personal preference. If, when you drink an ...
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Calculating hop replacement weights for different boil times

You get so little bittering from hops added at 15 min. or less that I keep those amounts constant. Obviously, the IBU won't be identical, but it's close enough that you won't really notice the ...
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Calculating hop replacement weights for different boil times

I use the IBU calculator at Brewer's Friend, it's quite quick and nifty. It also helps me as I have a different boil gravity than fermenter gravity and this effects the impact that the hops has. It ...
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