EXP04190 (as Steiner calls it on their label) will be the featured soloist – here’s what the internet tells me:
EXP 4190: Experimental variety from Hop Steiner. Pleasant, mild citrus aroma. Bred from Fuggles and Cascade.
Current alpha: 3.6%
Total Oil 1 – 1.5 Ml/100g
Crumbling up a pellet, I definitely smell its parentage – I don’t think it’s entirely power of suggestion. There’s a distinctly Fuggle-esque sweetness and warmth with earthy and grassy overtones. The citrus character is also there, mild as advertised; it’s not out-and-out ruby red grapefruit juice, more like Cascade in translation, rather like the dried-citrus quality of Sterling – oranges and lemonade layered under that earthy/grassy warmth. Overall, I think it has a pretty English expression – mild in intensity, inviting instead of overpowering.
Enough smelling my green hands – let’s get on with it:
Target OG: 1.046
- 95% MCI Stout Malt
- 5% UK 70-80°L Crystal
- 152°F for 75′
- 170°F for 10′
- EXP04190 (pellet, 3.6% aa) at 60′ to 25 IBU
- EXP04190 (pellet, 3.6% aa) at 20′ to 8 IBU
- EXP04190 (pellet, 3.6% aa) at 0′, 4 grams per gallon
- Chill to 65-66°F, O2 and pitch with some second-gen Wyeast 1203 Burton IPA Blend