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HollidaySlim 02-01-2012 05:42 PM

Critique my first recipe ( IIPA)
 
Looking to get some feed back on what I will be brewing next Monday. Looking for a citrusy IIPA. Any thoughts / changes?


14 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 86.8 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 6.2 %
1 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 4.6 %
6.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 2.4 %

Mash at 150.0 F 60 min
Batch sparge with 2 steps (0.23gal, 3.50gal) of 168.0 F water


Estimated pre-boil gravity is 1.063 SG

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
1.25 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 32.9 IBUs
1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 8 33.7 IBUs
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 6 23.4 IBUs
1.50 oz Citra [12.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 9 27.4 IBUs
1.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 10 10.1 IBUs
1.50 oz Citra [12.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 12.1 IBUs
Primary for 3 weeks
Transfer to secondary to dry hop 2 oz of Citra for 7 days
Est Post Boil Gravity: 1.088 SG
Est IBU's 152
Est ABV 9.6%
Safeale US-05

jrobidoux 02-01-2012 07:35 PM

That sir, is a lot a hops!

mightynintendo 02-01-2012 07:51 PM

Not that it's particularly bad, but you might not notice the honey malt in there.

I think your mash target should be more in the 149-150 range.

Other than that this is a pretty standard IIPA recipe. I can't really judge your hop selections as that is totally a matter of personal preference.

If you really wanted it to shine you might consider ditching the 15 minute through 5 minute additions, running an ounce of them through a hopback, and then dry hopping with the remaining a week or so before you send it to the keg (or bottles). Also I don't know about boiling hops for 90 minutes. After a certain point they start imparting cooked vegetable flavors instead of delicious hop bitterness.

HollidaySlim 02-01-2012 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by mightynintendo (Post 3731954)
Also I don't know about boiling hops for 90 minutes. After a certain point they start imparting cooked vegetable flavors instead of delicious hop bitterness.

This is my first 90 minute boil. Should I just moved the 90 min addition to 60 minutes?

mightynintendo 02-01-2012 08:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HollidaySlim (Post 3732016)
This is my first 90 minute boil. Should I just moved the 90 min addition to 60 minutes?

I think so. You are not going to get much more utilization from the 90 minute vs. the 60. I think it would reduce your bittering acids by about 2 IBU's.

dcp27 02-01-2012 08:28 PM

thats an awful lot of crystal for an IPA, id at least half it.

are you not dry hopping it?

HollidaySlim 02-01-2012 08:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dcp27 (Post 3732091)
thats an awful lot of crystal for an IPA, id at least half it.

are you not dry hopping it?

Oops...Yeah it will be getting 2 oz of citra for dry hopping.

mightynintendo 02-01-2012 08:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dcp27 (Post 3732091)
thats an awful lot of crystal for an IPA, id at least half it.

are you not dry hopping it?

Really? I don't see that as being too much. It is on the far end of OK in my opinion. Besides, this is a first recipe. Some experience with crystal malts is a good thing to give a brewer the sense of how it affects the beer.

If you really want to learn what malts taste like in beer, try brewing up the same recipe with ONLY base malts.

EDIT: in this way you'd have a side by side comparison.

Billybrewer09 02-01-2012 09:13 PM

I'm assuming this is for 5 gallons. I think there is way to much crystal malt. Maybe cut the carapils out completely and up your base malt. The honey malt will leave a lot of sweetness in the beer to balance the alcohol and hops.
as far as the hops go. I would do away with the ninety min addition completely. Move the 30 to 60 and maybe even cut it back a little. Maybe move the 15 to FO.

dcp27 02-01-2012 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by mightynintendo (Post 3732113)
Really? I don't see that as being too much..

I guess it depends what you're looking for in an IIPA (sweet or dry), but nearly 20% crystal is alot for nearly any beer. the size of the beer should give it plenty of body n malt so with all that crystal its going to come off more barleywine than IIPA. id keep it 10% or less

oh and i definitely would move that simcoe to later in the boil. its kind of a waste of a very limited hop to not take advantage of its best properties (flavor/aroma)


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