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> Hop of the Week (HOTW) -- Nugget, High-alpha bittering hop
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just-cj
post Mar 17 2007, 07:51 PM
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Nugget
High-Alpha Hop

There's been some discussion of Nugget lately, so I thought it's a good time to look at Nugget for HOTW. I've used it for bittering and found it to be very clean, but I've never tried it for flavor or aroma. What are your experiences? Recipes? Questions? Comments? Whatever, let us know!

Here's what Hop Union, Yakima Chief and Barth-Haas have to say about Nugget.
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US NUGGET

(IMG:http://www.yakimachief.com/hopvarieties/images/nuggetsm.jpg) (IMG:http://www.barthhaasgroup.com/cmsdk/content/bhg/varieties/hop_images/us_nugget.jpg)

Pedigree: Nugget is a a high alpha acids bittering-type cultivar, bred in 1970 and released in 1983 from the U.S.D.A. breeding program in Oregon. It is a cross between Brewer’s Gold and a high alpha acids male with good storage properties. The lineage of Nugget is 5/8 Brewers Gold, 1/8 Early Green, 1/16 Canterbury Golding, 1/32 Bavarian and 5/32 unknown. It is characterized by mild aroma, a low proportion of cohumulone in the alpha acids and good storage stability.
Maturity: Mid-season
Growth Habit: Good
Pickability/Drying/Baling: Very good
Cone-Structure: Heavy, tight and moderately long
Lupulin: Plentiful and yellow-orange in color
Aroma: Herbal
Alpha Acids: 12 – 14% w/w
Beta Acids: 4 – 6% w/w
Alpha:Beta Ratio: 3.0
Co-Humulone: 24 – 30% of alpha acids [Barth-Hass: 22-26%]
Storageability: Good, 70 – 80% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 20 C
Total Oil: 1.7 – 2.3 mls/100 grams
Myrcene: 51 – 59% of whole oil
Humulene: 12 – 22% of whole oil
Caryophyllene: 7 – 10% of whole oil
Farnesene: <1% of whole oil
General Trade Perception: A high alpha acids hop used for its bittering potential plus aromatic properties similar to Northern Brewer.
Possible Substitutions: Galena, Magnum, Columbus, Wye Target
Typical Beer Styles: Ales, Stout, Barley Wine
Additional Information: Released in 1982 and now a major high alpha acids variety in the US. Also grown in Germany.

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post Mar 17 2007, 07:56 PM
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I have used it several times. Like CJ said, for a bittering hop it is a nice hop. I did a single hop IPA with it once and I have to say it was far from decent. That was several years ago so I cannot recall the flavors other than not pleasant. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/crazy.gif)
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post Mar 17 2007, 08:40 PM
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Never tried this hop but have not enjoyed some of the beers that had it in it.
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post Mar 17 2007, 09:20 PM
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I am going to try some tomorrow for the first time.
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post Mar 19 2007, 04:14 AM
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I decided to brew tomorrow, and low and behold the bittering hop is Nugget. It's a variation of HBA's Belligerent SOB, which uses Magnum (I think) -- since I don't have any Magnum, I looked at the high-alpha hops I had and Nugget jumped out at me. Can't wait!
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post Mar 20 2007, 07:37 AM
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QUOTE(just-cj @ Mar 19 2007, 06:58 PM) *
Hey, can you post that in the Nugget HOTW thread? I think it would go a long way toward pushing the Nugget 'fraidy-cats towards using them more! (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/hehe.gif)



Here is a great recipe using Nugget as the flavor and aroma hop. This is my personal favorite.

7 lbs German Pilsner
4 lbs German Munich
1 lb Medium English Crystal
3 Ounces German Magnum Whole Hops (60)
1 Ounce Centennial Whole Hops (30)
1 Ounce Nugget Whole Hops (15)
1 Ounce Nugget Whole Hops (10)
1 Ounce Nugget Whole Hops (5)
1 Ounce Nugget Whole Hops (0)
1 Ounce Nugget Whole Hops (Dry 2 weeks)
White Labs 13

Single Step Infusion mash at 158 for 90 minutes.

As you can tell by the recipe that I love Nugget!
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post Mar 20 2007, 10:27 AM
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Thanks for posting that here -- I might have to squeeze something like this into my Single Hop Pale Ale series that I'm working on right now.

Damn, that's a lot of high-alpha hops!!!!!
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post Sep 21 2007, 02:13 AM
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azu .. that recipe is scary .. what did the beer turn out like ??
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post Sep 21 2007, 12:44 PM
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IIRC it was a very well balanced brew with a lot of Nugget hop flavor. Surprisingly it didn't turn out overly bitter from all those high alha hops. The key is the higher mash temp to give it that malt balance with the hops.

I actually forgot about this recipe(I have over 50) and now I will have to add this to my brew schedule. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif)

I love the flavor of Nugget hops. Sort of like Cascade but much more citrusy.
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post Sep 21 2007, 01:07 PM
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QUOTE(azu @ Sep 21 2007, 10:44 AM) *
I love the flavor of Nugget hops. Sort of like Cascade but much more citrusy.


Are we talking about the same hop? I get a clean earthy herbal not much in the way of cascadish citrus, hmm. Everybody has different perceptions I guess
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post Sep 21 2007, 01:20 PM
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QUOTE(MicCullen @ Sep 21 2007, 02:07 PM) *
Are we talking about the same hop? I get a clean earthy herbal not much in the way of cascadish citrus, hmm. Everybody has different perceptions I guess



Kind of hard to describe but definitely floral type flavor. Anyhow I love the flavor (Did I say that again (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/crazy.gif) ).
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post Sep 21 2007, 06:12 PM
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I have a solid 5 oz of homegrown Nugget. I haven't used them before, but it's gonna go into my first IPA when I start brewing again. I have to figure out a recipe.... I also have homegrown Cascade.
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post Nov 3 2007, 11:07 AM
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i ended up with a bunch of nugget this year ..... all leaf ...so its a pain to store .....
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post Nov 3 2007, 11:29 AM
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QUOTE(just-cj @ Mar 20 2007, 11:27 AM) *
Thanks for posting that here -- I might have to squeeze something like this into my Single Hop Pale Ale series that I'm working on right now.

Damn, that's a lot of high-alpha hops!!!!!


What types have you already done in your series? I have been thinking of an all cascade or all centennial IPA, just curious how these come out. What is your normal GU:BU ratio or do you vary it?
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post Nov 3 2007, 05:59 PM
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This year I did six -- Centennial, Amarillo, Saaz, Sterling, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace (DON'T try this), and in the past I've done Glacier, Ahtanum, Cascade, Willamette, Goldings, and a few more that I can't remember now. My favorite overall is all Centennial. Cascade is also pretty good. I'd say either of those will do very well for you.
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