Simcoe - The Low Down

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Simcoe - The Low Down

Postby ocluke on Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:33 pm

There are several aromatic hoppy beers that I enjoy that have Simcoe as a major component of the flavor and aroma hop additions. This patented hop is difficult to get this year, so making clones of Pliny, Blind Pig, Sculpin, etc. are all out, unless you want to pay high spot pricing for this hop.

I found the write-up from Indie Hops at the link below on Simcoe quite interesting.

I wasn't familiar with this supplier who did the write up, but after doing some research, they seem to be doing a good thing in the craft beer industry. Anyone else have some good aroma substitution suggestions for Simcoe?

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Re: Simcoe - The Low Down

Postby brahn on Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:21 pm

That's a very interesting read. The author seems to really be big on Chinook. I love Chinook, but I really don't think it's a sub for Simcoe. I've read a few discussions of this, and I just don't think there's a good sub out there for Simcoe. You could try either Columbus or Chinook and you'll get similar results in the sense that they're high alpha, pungent hops. It won't have that signature Simcoe flavor/aroma though. I think I'd suggest buying your Pliny and making something else.
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Re: Simcoe - The Low Down

Postby lexuschris on Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:24 am

When I created my Union Jack clone, I had to come up with a substitute for Simcoe as well.

After reading a few threads, I opted for an 80/20 blend of Columbus & Centennial hops. There is no firm 'go-to' sub for Simcoe, but I thought this clone got very close to the real thing. That blend is at least in the ballpark of Simcoe... as near as I can tell. :) YMMV

My recipe also had Chinook & Amarillo in it, which may have helped fill in some of the Simcoe notes, although I did not change my quantities of those as part of my 'sub'...

Good luck!

p.s. on my bittering addition, I just did a straight IBU swap with Columbus.. figuring the blend was not really needed for bittering.. just for the flavor/aroma additions..
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