Bobek (Styrian Goldings)
Distinctive perfume pine/lemon/citrus hoppy character. This distinguished variety is well known throughout the world and although identical to Fuggle in many ways it does have its own distinctive characteristics. The perfume-like hoppy character that was again used mainly in European lagers works very well in the less malty flavoured golden coloured beers.
To be honest, I had never thought of trying this hop until my mum brought it over from the UK with her as a gift for me.
We were planning on going to the beach and I wanted to brew up something simple to let the hops AND yeast shine, as it would be the first time I would be using Belle Saison and my first time with whole hops in a long long time.
For a ten litre batch:
1kg Weyermann Vienna malt
0.5 Weyermann wheat malt
20gr Bobek 3.4%AA @ 60
30gr Bobek @ 20
10gr Bobek @ 2
40 gr Bobek dry hop for 5 days.
Yeast: Belle saison dry yeast
mashed at 66c for 90 minutes
fermented @, wait for it, it is coming, wait for it, ambient temperatures for 7 days( about 33c) and bottled.
Ignore what the description says about being identical to Fuggles,bollox is it.
But the Distinctive perfume pine/lemon/citrus hoppy character is spot on. I am so glad I got hold of this hop. The grain bill is also perfect. It’s dry and hoppy, sweet yet crisp,clean yet fruity.