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Hop of the Week (HOTW) -- Crystal
Overall opinion of Crystal
5 -- Love them! [ 9 ] ** [18.37%]
4 [ 9 ] ** [18.37%]
3 [ 5 ] ** [10.20%]
2 [ 1 ] ** [2.04%]
1 -- Yuck. [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
0 -- Never tried them. [ 25 ] ** [51.02%]
Total Votes: 61
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cj in j
post May 21 2006, 06:50 PM
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By request, we turn to Crystal this week. Let's have a look at what Crystal hops are all about (from Hop Union and Yakima Chief):
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US CRYSTAL

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Pedigree: Crystal is a triploid aroma-type cultivar, developed from the German Hallertau aroma hop variety with primary contributions from Cascade, Brewer's Gold and Early Green. Released in 1993 to the hop industry. Crystal is a half-sister of Mt. Hood and Liberty.
Maturity: Mid-season
Pickability/Drying/Baling: Good
Cone-Structure: Medium-sized fairly neat cone
Lupulin: Moderately abundant, normal yellow color
Aroma: Mild, spicy & flowery
Alpha Acids: 3.5 – 5.5% w/w
Beta Acids: 4.5 – 6.5% w/w
Co-Humulone: 20 – 26% of alpha acids
Storageability: Storability is poor. 50% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 20°C
Total Oil: 1.0 – 1.5 mls/100 grams
Myrcene: 40 – 65% of whole oil
Humulene: 18 – 24% of whole oil
Caryophyllene: 4 – 8% of whole oil
Farnesene: <1% of whole oil
General Trade Perception: Used for its aromatic properties. Very popular in the craft-brewing industry. Viewed as the most pungent of the new triploid Hallertau family of hops.
Possible Substitutions: Mt. Hood, Hersbruck, French Strisselspalt, Liberty, Hallertau
Typical Beer Styles: Pilsner, Lager, Kölsch, ESB, Alt, Belgian-Style Ales
Additional Information: Primarily grown in Oregon. Acreage is increasing. Released in the 1990s.

Experiences, growing, recipes, questions, comments, whatever are more than welcome!

I already have a hop for next week, but if you have any suggestions for future HOTW discussions, PM me. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif)
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post May 22 2006, 11:28 AM
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I make an IPA that uses columbus and crystal, there is a flavor that those two hops used together make that neither will contribute alone. I love that flavor, yet really cannot describe it.

I havent used it in any other context, but always keep a # around for that beer.
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cj in j   Hop of the Week (HOTW) -- Crystal   May 21 2006, 06:50 PM
Rhythm Brew   I know Rogue Brutal Bitter uses only Crystal. http...   May 21 2006, 07:50 PM
kenlenard   I was at my LHBS last year picking up hops and one...   May 22 2006, 07:26 AM
DJ in KC   Every time I have used Crystal I wasn't happy ...   May 22 2006, 07:59 AM
flaminio   I used Crystal in an amber ale as a 1 min addition...   May 22 2006, 08:01 AM
al_bob   Haven't tried them yet, but I love Brutal Bitt...   May 22 2006, 10:42 AM
HBrewer   Crystal is a good lager hop as well as a light ale...   May 22 2006, 10:51 AM
erichonour   I bought a pound of Crystal with my last Hops Dire...   May 22 2006, 11:22 AM
drunkard   I make an IPA that uses columbus and crystal, ther...   May 22 2006, 11:28 AM
Lagerdemain   I think Crystal is ok, but there are better Haller...   May 22 2006, 11:37 AM
blksabbath   I use crystal in almost every wheat beer I brew......   May 22 2006, 03:56 PM
kenlenard   I see a lot of references to Mt. Hood which may be...   May 22 2006, 05:15 PM
cj in j   The first time I used Crystal, I was under the imp...   May 22 2006, 07:26 PM
John Vigent   I love it, I made a Brutal Bitter clone last summe...   May 22 2006, 09:40 PM
SammyP   I'm a big fan of Brutal Bitter, so I've be...   May 22 2006, 11:42 PM
cj in j   I am quite surprised -- as of this moment, 27 peop...   May 23 2006, 07:11 PM
Oldfart   QUOTE(cj in j @ May 23 2006, 08:11 PM) Wh...   May 24 2006, 12:14 AM
SammyP   QUOTE(Oldfart @ May 24 2006, 01:14 AM) Th...   May 24 2006, 12:17 AM
Oldfart   QUOTE(SammyP @ May 24 2006, 01:17 AM) See...   May 24 2006, 12:32 AM
erichonour   Old thread, I know. Still, I just tapped my lates...   May 5 2007, 07:45 PM
DJ in KC   QUOTE(erichonour @ May 5 2007, 07:45 PM) ...   May 5 2007, 10:22 PM
erichonour   Nope, the beer a couple of weeks ago was an APA, n...   May 6 2007, 12:11 AM
azmtnbiker   I am glad you brought this thread up again. I have...   May 6 2007, 12:56 AM
OhioMurb   Updating an old thread, but anyone who made the Br...   Jan 30 2008, 09:05 PM
Boxx   I brewed this and it came out very nice. Crysta...   Jan 30 2008, 09:25 PM
pods8   QUOTE(DJ in KC @ May 22 2006, 08:59 AM) O...   Jan 31 2008, 10:05 AM


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