Anyone used Australian Summer Hops?

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Anyone used Australian Summer Hops?

Post by BeerEagle » Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:26 pm

I bought a small packet of these hops and am wondering how best to use them.

I'm tempted to make a SMaSH with them but what could I expect?
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Re: Anyone used Australian Summer Hops?

Post by keith1664 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:13 am

Well there's synchronicity for you.
I'll be using them myself tomorrow for the first time so give me a month or so and I'll be able to tell you!
Not a SMaSH because I like a bit of sweetness but I'm planning a 40L brew

6kg pale
500g Caramalt
200g Wheat malt
then 25g of Summer at 90,60,15,10,5 and 0 minutes. Holding back 50g for dry hopping.
Should be 4.2% and 27 IBU's.
I'm aiming for something quite summery! :D
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Re: Anyone used Australian Summer Hops?

Post by deanrpwaacs » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:03 am

Ok this is what i made.

Summer Ale
Gyle Number:
Fermentable Colour lb: oz Grams Ratio
Pale Malt 5 EBC 9 lbs. 2.0 oz 4140 grams 83.9%
Munich Malt 20 EBC 0 lbs. 9.3 oz 265 grams 5.4%
Crystal Malt 130 EBC 0 lbs. 9.3 oz 265 grams 5.4%
Amber Malt 60 EBC 0 lbs. 9.3 oz 265 grams 5.4%

Hop Variety Type Alpha Time lb: oz grams Ratio
Summer Whole 6.5 % 60 mins 0 lbs. 1.2 oz 35 grams 22.3%
Summer Whole 6.5 % 30 mins 0 lbs. 0.6 oz 17 grams 10.8%
Summer Whole 6.5 % 20 mins 0 lbs. 0.8 oz 23 grams 14.6%
Summer Whole 6.5 % 10 mins 0 lbs. 1.1 oz 32 grams 20.4%
Summer Whole 6.5 % 0 mins 0 lbs. 1.8 oz 50 grams 31.8%

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.2 Litres
Mash Liquor: 12.3 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 83 %
Bitterness: 46.8982825880886 EBU
Colour: 28 EBC

On reflection i would use other hops to bitter and most of the summer in the last 20mins.I did dry hop with 50g but i am not happy with just dumping them on top as i dont feel i am getting the aroma i should so have just started to stick the hops in tights and sink them into the beer.Time will tell if it helps me get what i want.
I was a little let down when i first tried the beer and it was quite cold from the shed and seemed quite bland,but i left a few indoors a couple of weeks later and it turned the corner into a very nice beer that was best surved at room temp.The hops are quite subtle with a smooth bitterness.
I will be brewing with them again soon.

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Anyone used Australian Summer Hops?

Post by BeerEagle » Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:20 am

Thanks for your replies peeps.

Here's what I'm going with:

Aussie Summer PA

Style: American Pale Ale
Type: All Grain
Efficiency: 80 %
IBU's: 38.65
Boil Size: 33L
Color: 7.3 SRM
Batch Size: 25L
Boil Time: 60 minutes

Brew Date:21/04/2012
OG: 1.051
FG: 1.013
ABV: 4.98 %

Grains & Adjuncts
Amount Percentage Name Time
4.50 kg 81.82 % Pale Malt, Maris Otter 60 mins
0.20 kg 3.64 % Munich Malt 60 mins
0.40 kg 7.27 % Simpsons Caramalt 60 mins
0.40 kg 7.27 % White Wheat Malt 60 mins

Amount IBU's Name Time AA %
20.00 g 29.29 Admiral 60 mins 14.75
40.00 g 9.36 Summer 10 mins 6.50
60.00 g 0.00 Summer 0 mins 6.50


Reclaimed mix of S-04 and US05

Amount Name Time Stage
1.00 oz Irish Moss 15 mins Boil

Mash Profile
Medium Body Infusion 60 min @ 67.8°C
Add 17.79 L ( 3.61 L/kg ) water @ 76.4°C
Sparge 23.26 L of 76.7°C water over 60 mins
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