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Old 08-17-2012, 12:08 AM   #1
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Default Centennial IPA Critique, If You're So Inclined

I've had a tickle in my brain about doing a Centennial IPA, and I ended up playing with the Founder's recipes floating around here. This is not meant to be a clone, just an "inspired-by" recipe. I'm not shy when it comes to hop aroma, so I deviated a bit with amounts and especially the dry hopping, but if anybody wants to chime in with their thoughts I'd love to hear it before I brew tomorrow! I already hit the LHBS to get the ingredients and to re-stock my 2-row card, so I have the goods and they have 70 of my dollars, but this is my end-of-the-summer hurrah. I want to make it good!

(I can't figure out how to get BeerSmith to export those fancy reports everybody uses, so here goes.)

7.5 gallon batch, 80% efficiency, 60 minute boil
SG 1.071, 69 IBUs

12lbs US 2-row (65%)
2.5lbs Maris Otter (13.5%)
2lbs Cara-Pils (10.8%)
1lb Crystal 40 (5.4%)
1lb Munich (5.4%)

1oz Apollo (20.1%) FWH
1oz Centennial (10.5%) 15 mins
1oz Centennial (10.5%) 10 mins
1oz Centennial (10.5%) 5

Ferment with Nottingham, 14 days + 7 days w/ dry hops

3oz Centennial (10.5%) dry hop 7 days
1oz Apollo (20.1%) dry hop 7 days

Estimating 7.5% ABV, 8.4 SRM

Anything look awry? Should I move the late additions even further up, 15/5/1 or something? Should I add some sugar and make it a double? Because I will with the slightest provocation.



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Seems a little absent of hops for an IPA.



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Old 08-17-2012, 12:19 AM   #3
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Seems a little absent of hops for an IPA.
Ha! I had a little hiccup there with the submit button, I guess. Stand by. . . .

Okay, updated.
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I've had a tickle in my brain about doing a Centennial IPA, and I ended up playing with the Founder's recipes floating around here. This is not meant to be a clone, just an "inspired-by" recipe. I'm not shy when it comes to hop aroma, so I deviated a bit with amounts and especially the dry hopping, but if anybody wants to chime in with their thoughts I'd love to hear it before I brew tomorrow! I already hit the LHBS to get the ingredients and to re-stock my 2-row card, so I have the goods and they have 70 of my dollars, but this is my end-of-the-summer hurrah. I want to make it good!

(I can't figure out how to get BeerSmith to export those fancy reports everybody uses, so here goes.)

7.5 gallon batch, 80% efficiency, 60 minute boil
SG 1.071, 69 IBUs

12lbs US 2-row (65%)
2.5lbs Maris Otter (13.5%)
2lbs Cara-Pils (10.8%)
1lb Crystal 40 (5.4%)
1lb Munich (5.4%)

1oz Apollo (20.1%) FWH
1oz Centennial (10.5%) 15 mins
1oz Centennial (10.5%) 10 mins
1oz Centennial (10.5%) 5

Ferment with Nottingham, 14 days + 7 days w/ dry hops

3oz Centennial (10.5%) dry hop 7 days
1oz Apollo (20.1%) dry hop 7 days

Estimating 7.5% ABV, 8.4 SRM

Anything look awry? Should I move the late additions even further up, 15/5/1 or something? Should I add some sugar and make it a double? Because I will with the slightest provocation.
You need to open the "preview pane" in Beersmith, then select the "plain txt" option. From there you can cut and paste the recipe. The preview pane can be found by highlighting the recipe and then selecting the preview icon on the right.
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You need to open the "preview pane" in Beersmith, then select the "plain txt" option. From there you can cut and paste the recipe. The preview pane can be found by highlighting the recipe and then selecting the preview icon on the right.
Sweet, thanks. I'll remember that for next time.
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The recipe seems a little heavy on the cara-pils and dry hopping. I would bring down the 60 min addition a little and add some of the Centennials you plan on dry hopping to late additions. Just my $.02, I'm sure it will be great as is.

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I think you're crystal is pretty high as well. Maybe down to 4-8 oz you shouldn't need much in an IPA

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I'd definitely reduce or get rid of the carapils. The crystal 40L is ok if you like a sweeter IPA.

I've never used apollo hops, so I can't comment on them.

Here's how I'd brew that:

15lbs US 2-row
.75lb Crystal 40
1 lb Munich
1oz Apollo (20.1%) FWH
1oz Centennial 15 mins
1oz Centennial 10 mins
1oz Centennial 5
1 oz centennial 0 minutes

2 oz centennial dry hop 5 days
1 oz apollo dry hop 5 days (if I was convinced I liked it! )

If using nottingham, I'd go no higher than 62 degrees. Otherwise, I'd use WLP001 or S05.

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Get the crystal under 8% would be my opinion ... hope its awesome ... cheers

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You could replace the carapils with something like flaked wheat. It should give body like the carapils but will ferment out more and not be as sweet.



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