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> Hop of the Week (HOTW) -- Magnum, What do you think?
Hop of the Week (HOTW) -- Magnum
What is your impression of Magnum?
5 -- Fantastic!!! [ 28 ] ** [34.15%]
4 [ 27 ] ** [32.93%]
3 [ 6 ] ** [7.32%]
2 [ 2 ] ** [2.44%]
1 -- Gross! [ 1 ] ** [1.22%]
0 -- Never tried them. [ 18 ] ** [21.95%]
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cj in j
post May 13 2006, 01:22 AM
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Let's discuss a bittering hop this week -- Magnum.
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Here's some information from Yakima Chief and HopUnion about Magnum:
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MAGNUM
Origin/History
Magnum is a bittering/aroma type cultivar, bred in 1980 at Huell, the German Hop Research Instititute, from the American variety Galena and the German male 75/5/3.
Agronomics
Tolerant to downy mildew, Peronospera, susceptible to powdery mildew, Sphaerotheca, with poor pickability of a large, compact cone.
Maturity: Medium-late
Yield: 2000 - 2200 kgs. per ha. / 1800 - 2000 lbs. per acre
Brewing Quality
Used for its bittering value and quality.
Alpha acids: 10-12.6%
Beta acids: 5.0-7.0%
Alpha:Beta Ratio: 2.0
Cohumulone (% of alpha acids): 25 - 30%
Total Oil (Mls. per 100 grams): 2.0-3.0
Caryophyllene (as % of total oils): 8-12%
Farnesene (as % of total oils): 0%
Humulene (as % of total oils): 25-30%
Myrcene (as % of total oils): 35-45%
Storability: Very good alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 20º C
General Trade Perception: Gaining increasing acceptance as a clean bittering hop.
Possible Substitutions: German Magnum, possibly Horizon
Typical Beer Styles: Good bittering hop for all Ales and Lagers
Additional Information: Limited acreage in the US, but widely grown in Germany.

Experiences, opinions, recipes, growing tips, or whatever please! Also, anyone have any impressions on the difference between US and German-grown Magnum?

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post May 13 2006, 01:33 AM
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Haven't tried the German-grown Magnum but the US version is certainly a very nice hop for IPAs and beyond. They have a clean bitterness so they will go with pretty much any flavor and aroma hops you want to finish off with. I'd recommend them in IPAs, IIPAs, Barleywines, Imperial Stouts and any other beer you wanted to hop pretty hard. They're very high alpha so you don't need that much to hit big IBU numbers.
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post May 13 2006, 01:37 AM
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Super smooth bittering, I consider them the opposite of Chinook (very rough in my opinion). My favorite bittering hop so far.
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post May 13 2006, 01:52 AM
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Oops, I forgot the poll. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/blush.gif)
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post May 13 2006, 01:53 AM
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Love them and usually use them as a bittering hop. I did try one beer with all magnum. Did not have a real detectable hop flavor or aroma but it gave the beer a bitter bite. Another reason I like them, like mtn said, you do not have to use that much to get the desired bitterness/IBU's.
Would be interested if any one had tried the German variety and if there is much difference.
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post May 13 2006, 04:20 AM
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I used Magnum for the first time two weeks ago in a Sierrra Nevada Clone Pale Ale. So far so good.

I debated whether or not to use the Warrior hops that I had on hand, but thought twice about the contribution it would make.

The verdict is still out on Magnum for me...
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post May 13 2006, 08:04 AM
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QUOTE(azmtnbiker @ May 13 2006, 03:53 PM) *
Would be interested if any one had tried the German variety and if there is much difference.
When I ordered mine from Hops Direct early last year, they were listed as German Magnum. But, I've never used any other kind, so I don't know what the difference is. I have used mine in a variety of beers and they seem to provide a nice clean bitterness -- but there's usually so much going on in my beers that it's really hard to say what exactly Magnum brings to the pint glass.
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post May 13 2006, 09:12 AM
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I've used the american (yakima) magnums with great sucess. I've used them in german ales. Nice clean bitterness. A little goes a long way. I''ve used a 0.5 oz in wheats and belgian blondes, golden strong ales with good results.

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post May 13 2006, 09:27 AM
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Boulevard bitters all their beers with Magnum. Like others have said, super smooth. I hear they're used in Ruination, as well, but I can't back that up.
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post May 13 2006, 10:24 AM
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Super smooth.

I use them in almost all of my IPA's, even in my stouts that get alot of IBU's. Like others have said, a little goes a long way, so you don't have to use very much to get the IBU's up there.
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post May 13 2006, 01:15 PM
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I have feel in love with Magnum and Nugget. I love the combination in my IPA. The Magnum I use are German so I can't speak about the domestic ones. Very smooth bittering hop!
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post May 13 2006, 08:43 PM
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I have used plenty of the German Magnum in all my lagers, alts, and kölsch-style beers. For my Helles, I use .6oz for a 15 gallon batch.
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post May 14 2006, 06:22 AM
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They are my favorite high alpha hop. I only get the german grown here but it is great. Smooth and soft. You don't really taste the IBU as they give a very smooth bitterness. If used as an aroma hop they resamble a milder version of hallertauer mittelfrüh

I usually use them for big but not very hoppy beers there I want a nice smooth bitterness but not much else.
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post May 14 2006, 07:54 AM
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I voted fantastic. They are a great all around bittering hop. It looks like everone else loves 'em too.
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post May 14 2006, 10:01 AM
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I voted 5 too. I used them first in a Weizenbock and flavored with the noble gang... Oh it was good.
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