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Hop of the Week (HOTW) -- Chinook
Overall Rating
5 -- Love 'em [ 23 ] ** [31.94%]
4 [ 16 ] ** [22.22%]
3 [ 13 ] ** [18.06%]
2 [ 4 ] ** [5.56%]
1 -- Hate 'em [ 4 ] ** [5.56%]
0 -- Never tried 'em [ 12 ] ** [16.67%]
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just-cj
post Oct 13 2006, 04:29 PM
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Chinook
Bittering Hop with Aromatic Properties

A recent request jolted me out of my lazy/busy funk, so this week let's discuss Chinook. Is it a bittering hop only? Is it a good flavor and/or aroma hop? Is it good for nothing? Post your experiences, comments, questions, recipes, or whatever.

Let's start by seeing what HopUnion and Yakima Chief have to say.
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US CHINOOK
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Pedigree: Chinook is a high alpha acid bittering variety with aroma characteristics released in May, 1985. It was bred by crossing a Petham Golding with the USDA 63012 male and has good storage properties. Used for its high proportion of bittering from alpha-acids plus its aromatic characteristics.
Maturity: Mid to late season
Cone-Structure: Long, medium-compact with turned outward petals
Lupulin: Abundant and yellow-orange color
Aroma: Medium intensity, spicy, piney, distinctive grapefruit
Alpha Acids: 12.0 14.0% w/w
Beta Acids: 3.0 4.0% w/w
Co-Humulone: 29 34% of alpha acids
Storageability: 65 70% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 20 C
Total Oil: 1.5 2.5 mls/100 grams
Myrcene: 35 40% of whole oil
Humulene: 20 25% of whole oil
Caryophyllene: 9 11% of whole oil
Farnesene: <1% of whole oil
General Trade Perception: A high alpha-acids hop with an acceptable aroma profile.
Possible Substitutions: Nugget, Columbus, Northern Brewer, Wye Target, possibly Centennial
Typical Beer Styles: US Style Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Porter, Barley Wine, Lager (Bittering)
Additional Information: Released in the US industry in 1985 and becoming increasingly popular with craft-brewers.


Future HOTW: Amarillo, Northern Brewer, Mt Hood, Saaz

Previous HOTW: Cascade / Challenger / Columbus / Crystal / East Kent Golding / Glacier / Liberty / Magnum / Newport / Perle / Simcoe / Spalt / Sterling / Tettnanger / Tomahawk / Warrior / Willamette
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post Oct 13 2006, 04:42 PM
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MMMMM ....................chinnies, one of my favorites, I got my flagship IPA dry hopped with chinnoks, along with a lil cascades. Love the full nose of pineapple/grapfruit off a fresh pint. Did i say YYYYUUUUUMMMM......... (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/headbang.gif)

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post Oct 13 2006, 05:18 PM
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Good to hear. I've really only used them so far as a bittering hop. They have a pretty good punch, but smoother than Columbus.

I'm interested in trying them for other uses.

Sounds like they're great for aroma...what about flavoring?

I have lots left over from last year, so I wanna start using them up!
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azu
post Oct 13 2006, 05:23 PM
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SSOS. Do I need to say more? (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/beerchug.gif)
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post Oct 13 2006, 05:36 PM
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Only used them as bittering so far, I'll have to give them a try for flavor/aroma. I really like them for bittering in IPA's.
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post Oct 13 2006, 05:55 PM
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QUOTE(azu @ Oct 13 2006, 05:23 PM) *
SSOS. Do I need to say more? (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/beerchug.gif)

Can you elaborate for the rest of us..? Im guessing it might be a Stone Beer? can't get em here....or is it something else I need to taste?
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post Oct 13 2006, 06:06 PM
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SSOS = Sister Star of the Sun, a legendary IPA homebrew recipe. You can probably find the recipe here, but if not, a Google search will turn it up for sure.
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post Oct 13 2006, 06:13 PM
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Too coarse... sorry.
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post Oct 13 2006, 06:39 PM
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Chinook is the hop in Arrogant Bastard ... not much can be said bad about that.

A recipe : http://www.brew365.com/hops_chinook.php
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post Oct 13 2006, 06:45 PM
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QUOTE(just-cj @ Oct 13 2006, 07:06 PM) *
SSOS = Sister Star of the Sun, a legendary IPA homebrew recipe. You can probably find the recipe here, but if not, a Google search will turn it up for sure.



Thanks cj. I should have spelled it out. My bad!
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post Oct 13 2006, 06:55 PM
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I'll let you know in a few weeks. Last Night I brewed a "Sort of Red Ale" with 1 oz of Chinook.

10 lbs Briess 2-row Brewers Malt
4 oz. of Weyerman CaraRed (Crystal 20)
4 oz. Melanoiden Malt
1 oz Chinook (First Wort Hops)
1 oz. Centenial (Bittering Hops)
1 oz Cascade (Finishing Hops)
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post Oct 13 2006, 07:30 PM
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Chinook is a great hop for bittering and I use it at the 30 minute mark. Then finish off with simcoe and centennial for that nice sticky hop flavor and mouthfeel
ooohh i'm running downstairs for an IPA
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post Oct 13 2006, 07:52 PM
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Several months ago I ordered from hopsdirect a pound each of columbus pellets (11.1%), chinook pellets (10.0%), and cascade pellets (4%).
I've since made IPAs and IIPAs with several combos including Columbus only, Chinook only, and a blend of all 3 hops "continuously" added.

Everything I made with chinook had a harsh bitterness that made the beer less gooder than it couldve been. I voted 2 because of this. It's not a horrible hop, but I believe there are much better options. My next hopsdirect order will not include chinook.

On a side note, the all columbus IPA was my favorite, and I even won a "recipe of the month" award at my formerly local brew shop. It was great, columbus has a great aroma and flavor and a pleasant bitterness.
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post Oct 13 2006, 08:01 PM
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Chinook! Next best thing to an Orgasim! (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/omg.gif)

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post Oct 13 2006, 09:06 PM
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i have tried alot of hops over the years........

i have never met a hop I didn't like. sorry.

Chinooks are a hop that, like cascade, are uniquely (sp) American. As Bush would say.... you are either with us .... or you are with the terrorists.(IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif)
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