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Old 11-17-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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Default 2% C60 to 8% C60

On my iPhone, please excuse my brevity.
What effects will an increase of crystal 60 from 2% to 8% have on the flavor profile of an IPA?

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Old 11-17-2012, 07:20 PM   #2
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It will add 4 times more sweetness and color.

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Old 11-18-2012, 12:18 AM   #3
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Horrible choice for an American IPA in large amounts since it can mute hop character and muddle those bright citrusy aromas. It will give you more color, but that's of a minor importance to flavor.

With past experience at everywhere between the 4-10% range, I will never again go with Crystal 60 for my IPAs. 2% won't be harsh, but 8% will seriously diminish hop character in an IPA.

I usually go with 0% crystal, or as much as 5-6% Crystal 10, 15, 30, or 40.... or 3-5% honey malt.

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It will add 4 times more sweetness and color.
Thanks for the info, Bill. I'm drinking a dfh60 clone that has 2% C60 and I have the same grain bill ready for another go along with some additional C60, so I was curious how the final product would change if I added in more C60. I think I'll stick with the original grain bill and play around with the mash steps and hop additions to see how the beer changes.
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Wouldn't this be ok for a traditional British IPA?

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A cursory look at Ron Pattinson's site via the search function pulled up a couple of traditional British IPAs that utilized C75 in 4.25% to 6% of the grain bill. However, equally prevalent were simple grain bills comprised of only pale malt, or a mixture of 6 row and/or 2 row without any crystal. Invert sugar and caramel additions seemed popular.
Whitbread – 1941 – Strong IPA Crystal 75 = 6%

Whitbread – 1941 – Weak IPA Crystal 75 = 4.25%

Barclay Perkins – 1933 – KKKK Crystal 75 = 5.6%

Obviously, this is not an exhaustive researched list. But it does give me the courage to up the C60 to 5% for the IPA on deck!

Thanks again for the feedback, folks!

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