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> Hop of the Week (HOTW) -- Willamette, Opinions please
Overall Thoughts on Willamette Hops
What do you think of Willamette?
5 -- Love them! [ 33 ] ** [47.83%]
4 [ 25 ] ** [36.23%]
3 [ 9 ] ** [13.04%]
2 [ 1 ] ** [1.45%]
1 -- Hate them! [ 1 ] ** [1.45%]
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cj in j
post Apr 7 2006, 08:20 PM
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This week's hop discussion is about Willamette. Here's what Hop Union has to say about it.
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US WILLAMETTE
Pedigree: A triploid seedling of the English Fuggle variety.
Maturity: Early to mid-season
Pickability/Drying/Baling: Good
Cone-Structure: Small to medium sized, round, and fairly light
Lupulin: Moderate amount, golden yellow in color
Aroma: Mild and pleasant, slightly spicy
Alpha Acids: 4.0 6.0% w/w
Beta Acids: 3.0 4.0% w/w
Co-Humulone: 30 -35% of alpha acids
Storageability: 60 65% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 20 C
Total Oil: 1.0 1.5% mls/100 grams
Myrcene: 45 55% of whole oil
Humulene: 20 30% of whole oil
Caryophyllene: 7 8% of whole oil
Farnesene: 5 6% of whole oil
General Trade Perception: A quality aroma hop
Possible Substitutions: US Fuggle, US Tettnang, Styrian Golding
Typical Beer Styles: All English-style Ales, and US Pale and Brown Ales.
Additional Information: Released in 1976 and well-established in the US industry. Currently the most widely grown aroma hops in the US.

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HERMSman
post Apr 7 2006, 08:27 PM
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I just kegged a Fat Tire Clone that used three hop additions of Willamette. I must modestly admit...IT ROCKS!
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blktre
post Apr 7 2006, 08:28 PM
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I love these. They are a staple in all my Stouts. Also did a big Impy type Porter w/ over 1# of Williamette. My brewbuddy entered it in St Louis as a Robust and scored a 40 when it was 6 mths old. Ive used it as a flavor and aroma hop in Stouts and English bitters. I always order some on my big semi-annual hop order!
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post Apr 7 2006, 09:25 PM
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I have use quite a bit of these hops. I really like them most as flavor hops in APA's, Porters and Stouts.
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post Apr 7 2006, 09:42 PM
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I like these hops. I use them more for aroma and flavoring in some pale ales I did last year.
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post Apr 7 2006, 11:35 PM
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I use Willamette and Fuggles quite a bit. Truly a wonderful flavor and aroma hop. I like them in stouts, porters, and pale ales. Pretty versatile.
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post Apr 8 2006, 02:23 AM
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Willamette kicks butt. You can use it in nearly anything. It can be the bitterness, flavor or aroma hop. I am almost out. Time for me to consider massive hop shipment with Willamette included real soon! I cant imagine not having Willamette in my line-up. It is a seedless Fuggles, but much more. Have i convinced you yet to try it? In fact, the brew that i am now tanked on is dripping with Willamette! Ok i am done. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/hehe.gif)
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post Apr 8 2006, 06:09 AM
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Like them. I use them in my cherry ale. not overpowering, nice and clean bitterness.
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post Apr 8 2006, 07:22 AM
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I used this in an Amber, in combination with Magnum. Not bad. I prefer the Centennial/Cascade combination, but Magnum/Willamette was pretty good.
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post Apr 10 2006, 09:14 AM
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Love em in my porters and stouts.
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post Apr 11 2006, 01:02 PM
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I need to find a good beer to brew that brings out the flavor of Willamette. Maybe I'll use it in my ESB...
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post Apr 11 2006, 01:41 PM
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I Love 'em! I decided to dry hop 0.75oz of them in an IPA I made recently...that keg barely lasted two or three days once my roommates got ahold of it. Although the rest of the beer was probably responsible for that, I couldn't help but take a deep breath over my glass every time I went for a drink.
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post Apr 11 2006, 02:03 PM
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Big Willamette fan! I use them frequently in darker beers (browns, porters, stouts), but I think my favorite application so far was in a rye amber ale I did with all Willamette--bittering, flavoring, aroma, the whole kit-and-kaboodle. The spiciness of the hops really helped amp up the rye flavor.

I also like them because they play nice with so many other hops. I use them with the domestic C hops and with British hops (Fuggle and EKG) and they effects are different but equally nice.
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cj in j
post Apr 11 2006, 02:55 PM
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I generally turn to Willamette when I brew fruit beers, porters and other mild-on-the-hop-side beers. They work very well. Lots of people say they are similar to Fuggle, but I don't get the grassiness from Willamette that I always get with Fuggle.

I also agree that Willamette seems to get along with other hops very well -- a very easy hop to use.
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post Apr 13 2006, 08:20 AM
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I missed the first HOTW discussions so I'm going to weigh in here. Willamette was the first hop I ever had experience with. My first brew was HBA's California common recipe which included this hop I believed. I remember telling a fellow homebrewer about the hops I used and was corrected on the pronunciation...Will-am-ette, not Will-a-mette...big difference (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif)

Thanks for heading up these discussions cj.

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