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Old 08-05-2014, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have a malt bill for single-hop test batches?

I'm thinking about whipping up one-gallon test batches of single-hop IPAs just for my own comparative purposes. I'm not sure it'll end up being a true single-hop test, I might bitter with Magnum just to keep the focus on flavor and aroma.

Does anyone have a fairly clean malt bill that'll make hop comparisons easy? I was thinking 95% 2-row and 5% white wheat but I'm pretty open to suggestions.

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Old 08-05-2014, 09:22 PM   #2
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Keep it very simple. Either all 2-row or 2-row with one crystal malt.

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I actual think the bittering charge of magnum (same amount and alpha) is a good reference point. I enjoy 85%:15% 2 row : Munich. Nice malt backbone

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I find wheat to add scratchy salty murkiness. Might mask some delicate flavors. I 2nd the munich and perhaps a touch of crystal for some sweetness.
Here is what I use, but it's probably more complex than need be, but I like the flavor...
pale malt 75%
Victory 10%
Munich II 8.4%
c-20 3.6%
special Roast 1.8%
c-40 1.4%

works good with about 50-80 Ibus,

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Default Anyone have a malt bill for single-hop test batches?

Many of the best IPAs are far simpler than your grain bill. You don't have to get too tricky. Smash beers can taste great in their own right. I would strongly consider at least one time trying 95% Marris Otter/5% carapils or flaked wheat just to see how tasty a simple bill can be.

If you want caramels or sweetness, either raise your mash temp or take a quart of the first runnings and caramelize them in a saucepan. I do this regularly with MO/single hop beers and they appear far more complex than you would think. Try brown sugar for a sugar addition and you have a super clean and tasty beer that lets hops shine.

If you are using delicate hops like the ones from New Zealand...try 50% pilsner, 45% MO, 5% carapils or flaked wheat.

Trust me, I am in your boat. I tend to go really crazy with malt bills but I took a leap of faith this winter with my NZ hop project and I was very pleased with a simple, clean, light malt bill that really lets you get at the nuances of the hops.

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For 19L:
Pilsner malt 12.5#
carapils/dextrine malt 0.4#
For 23L:
15#, then 0.5#

For 1 gallon:... 3.8L (aprox) too lazey to do the math. Newtral high atenuating ale yeast, of your choice.

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You could try the Hill 56 Recipe http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f66/russ...-clone-369668/

or Pliny if you want something a little stronger http://www.bertusbrewery.com/2013/08...-clone-30.html

or all 2-row, since it's cheap and unobtrusive

or just brew a recipe that features a grain bill close to what you'd usually use, since it's arguably more instructive to see how the hops would taste in combination with everything else you normally do.

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