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December 30
Hop varieties for dry hopping

​Q:  I'm brewing a blonde ale, all grain. I used Crystal hops for the 40 min, 20 min, and the last 5 min boil. Should I continue using Crystal hops for dry hopping? Or should I use Cascade hops, or a mix of both?

A:  For dry hopping, any of the three options are acceptable depending on what aroma/flavor attributes you desire in the beer. Crystal will contribute a spicy, flowery, slightly citrus aroma. Cascade will contribute a flowery or citrus (grapefruit) aroma. Most brewers have found that using a blend of hop varieties for dry hopping offers more depth and complexity in addition to increased flexibility due to supply and availability issues.

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