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Old 03-25-2010, 10:14 PM   #11
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I'm racking a Citra Experiment IPA I brewed about 2 weeks ago later this evening. I'll sneak a taste and then rack on top of 3 oz. whole leaf Citra.

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Old 03-26-2010, 01:49 AM   #12
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I like Citra a lot, but many of my fellow local brewers got real sick of it real quick. It has a weird fruity, citrusy flavor. A bit like pink grapefruit to me. I suggest getting your hands on a few homebrews with it as a flavor/aroma/dryhop addition to make sure you like it.

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Old 03-26-2010, 02:05 AM   #13
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ok a few tweaks to the recipe.

Citra IPA - American IPA
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Batch Size: 5.500 gal
Boil Size: 6.834 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
Efficiency: 70%
OG: 1.072
FG: 1.018
ABV: 7.0%
Bitterness: 59.7 IBUs (Tinseth)
Color: 13 SRM (Mosher)

Fermentables
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Name Type Amount Mashed Late Yield Color
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L Grain 16.000 oz Yes No 74% 60 L
Victory Malt Grain 16.000 oz Yes No 73% 25 L
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L Grain 4.000 oz Yes No 74% 80 L
Cara-Pils/Dextrine Grain 8.000 oz Yes No 72% 2 L
Marris Otter Grain 12.500 lb Yes No 82% 4 L

Hops
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Name Alpha Amount Use Time Form IBU
Warrior 15.5% 0.750 oz Boil 1.000 hr Pellet 34.0
Amarillo 9.5% 0.500 oz Boil 20.000 min Pellet 8.4
Citra 12.0% 0.500 oz Boil 15.000 min Pellet 8.7
Amarillo 9.5% 0.500 oz Boil 10.000 min Pellet 5.0
Citra 12.0% 0.500 oz Boil 5.000 min Pellet 3.5
Citra 12.0% 0.500 oz Boil 0.000 s Pellet 0.0
Citra 12.0% 1.000 oz Dry Hop 0.000 s Pellet 0.0
Amarillo 9.5% 1.000 oz Dry Hop 0.000 s Pellet 0.0



Yeast
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Name Type Form Amount Stage
Safale S-04 Ale Dry 0.388 oz Primary

Mash
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Name Type Amount Target Time
single 156 F Infusion 4.766 gal 156.000 F 1.000 hr
Batch Sparge Infusion 4.551 gal 170.799 F 15.000 min

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Old 03-26-2010, 12:37 PM   #14
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In case you're interested, here's the recipe I made a few weeks ago. I tasted it at racking and it was pretty good. The bitterness is slightly different and lingers for a good while. I did not notice the "cat urine" aroma, but I can tell that it's possible to get from this hop. Overall, I think it will be a pretty good IPA. I overshot my OG by 3 points (1.061) which affected my IBUs (expected 83 but got 87) but that's OK. By the way, I used whole leaf hops.

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Citra Experiment IPA
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Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.058 SG
Estimated FG: 1.014 SG	
Estimated IBUs: 83.0 IBU
Estimated Color: 8.0 SRM
Brewhouse Efficiency: 68%
Boil Time: 60 minutes

Grains:
12.00# Pale Malt (2-Row) US (92.31%)
1.00# Caramel/Crystal 40L (7.69%)

Hops:
1.00 oz Citra (12.00%) @60 min
2.00 oz Citra (12.00%) @15 min
3.00 oz Citra (12.00%) @5 min
3.00 oz Citra (12.00%) @0 min
3.00 oz Citra (12.00%) (dry hop)

Yeast:
White Labs WLP001 (California Ale)

Mash Profile:
Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, 152F
Total Grain Weight: 13.00 lb
Mash for 60 min at 152F with 4.06 gal of water heated to 168F
Mash-out at 168F with 1.91 gal of water heated to 210F and hold for 10 minutes
Batch sparge at 168F with 3.49 gal of water heated to 181F
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:45 PM   #15
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I will be doing a batch using citra probably not all citra though. I bought a pound on a whim while ordering other hops I know I like. I figured $13 wasn't too bad even if I just use it for dry hopping. Sure it's a lot of hops but with the LHBS prices around here I'd spend at least $13 on 6oz or less depending on the hops.

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Old 03-31-2010, 07:15 PM   #16
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Recipe looks good, it will be intense. One suggestion though, maybe use a yeast that accentuates fruity flavor, maybe Wyeast American ale 2. Unless the yeast you are using already does that.

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Old 04-01-2010, 04:01 AM   #17
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I just picked up my first pound of citra last week. I heard that SN uses it in their torpedo. I like torpedo, why not.

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Old 02-25-2011, 01:58 AM   #18
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Well I just brewed up a citra hop bomb sunday. Got 1.090 gravity for a 6 gal batch and here's the recipe.

Amount Item Type % or IBU
8 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (1.8 SRM) Grain 43.24 %
8 lbs Pale Malt (MO) (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 43.24 %
1 lbs Cara-Pils/Dextrine (1.5 SRM) Grain 5.41 %
1 lbs Munich 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM) Grain 5.41 %
8.0 oz Caramel Malt - 20L (Briess) (20.0 SRM) Grain 2.70 %
3.00 oz Warrior [15.90 %] (90 min) Hops 121.1 IBU
2.50 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (30 min) Hops 59.3 IBU
3.00 oz Citra [12.00 %] (10 min) Hops 31.0 IBU
4.25 oz Citra [12.00 %] (5 min) Hops 24.1 IBU
2.50 oz Citra [12.00 %] (0 min) Hops -
3.00 oz Citra [12.00 %] (Dry Hop 10 days) Hops -

The closet smelled great while the yeast was going gang busters around day two/three of the fermentation. I have three ounces of citra dryhop lined up too. I've been wanting to try a massivly citra hopped beer since I played with some mixed with cascade at flavoring/aroma and dry hop. I liked that beer enough to venture into this experiment. Will update again when bottling and tasting is achieved.

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Wow. That is a lot of hops. Looks good.

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I am currently working on a keg of an "almost citra smash".

A little about the brew .......

5 gallon batch

All 2-row - O.G. of 1.06

.6 oz magnum @ 60
.75 Citra & 20
1.5 Citra & 5
1.75 Citra 7 day dry

I only had a 4 oz pack of Citra to work with in the above recipe. The above beer is currently 5 weeks in the keg and is awesome. I don't find it "catty" at all but then again I might not know what "catty" is or maybe I like "catty" i don't know lol.........

some people describe simcoe as "catty" and I love simcoe. Hell, I just love hoppy beers. Yet to find one that I didn't like. Not talking about "bitter" .... I mean hoppy. I get more "citrus"/"fruity" ......... no "catty".

Extremely smooth too. No harsh bitter (but I had mostly late/dry additions). I'll get some more and make another citra brew eventually. So many brews in the lineup though

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