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Old 03-22-2007, 02:05 AM   #1
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Ok, I'm doing a last minute brewing session tomorrow to thin out some of my leftover hops. Since I just bought a 50 lb bag of 2 row, and the weather is finally warming up, I figured I'd go for an American pale ale.

My basic recipe is going to use 2 Row, light/medium crystal, and perhaps some Munich.

I have a bunch of other malts if someone has a suggestion.

My hops stash consists of the following:

Saaz 1oz
Willamette 1 oz
Northern Brewer (whole) 1 oz
Columbus 1 oz
Magnum 1 oz
Fuggles 1 oz
Kent goldings 2 oz
Hallertau 2 oz

suggestions?? Keep in mind I don't have time to go to the LHBS.

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Old 03-22-2007, 02:08 AM   #2
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I'd say ~1lb Munich, 1/2lb crystal, and enough 2-row to get you where you want to be OG-wise. Not sure about the hops, would have said all-Columbus but I guess you don't have enough. I'm sure some hop gurus can work up something nice.

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Does it have to be an American Pale Ale? Columbus is usually more of a bittering hop, although I suppose you could use it for flavor (maybe with the Magnum as a clean bittering hop). Or, you could go with more English flavors, like the EKG and Fuggles (a classic English Pale Ale/ESB combo). For an APA, I think of the citrusy varieties (Centenial, Cascade, Amarillo), which you're lacking.

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The Hallertau and Kent Goldings go together quite nicely, and you have enough to dry hop with the KG's to do an english IPA. I'd use some Munich and crystal. I recently discovered that belgian biscuit is great in an English IPA.

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I guess I'm not set on an APA. An English style IPA would work ok as well. I'm using California Ale Yeast for this (had it on hand, and just made my starter). I haven't decided how big to make this batch yet.



I do like the suggestion of an English style IPA utilizing the Hallertau, KG's and Fuggles. I could always use the magnums or Columbus for bittering for this as well to up the IBU's and stretch the other hops, (this may work, especially if I go for a 10 gallon batch).


What about the Willamettes used with the Columbus and the Magnums?? (I'm thinking Willamettes for flavor, with Magnum for bittering, and Columbus for aroma).

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I recently discovered that belgian biscuit is great in an English IPA.
If I go with the English IPA option, what about adding a bit of Victory malt??
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Saaz 1oz
Willamette 1 oz
Northern Brewer (whole) 1 oz
Columbus 1 oz
Magnum 1 oz
Fuggles 1 oz
Kent goldings 2 oz
Hallertau 2 oz

suggestions?? Keep in mind I don't have time to go to the LHBS.

Go crazy. Dry hop with the Northern Brewer. Use Fuggles, EKG, Willamette and your Columbus in the boil. The Magnum could be boiled too. That should deplete your hops supply nicely.

Just leave the Hallertau for something a little more subtle. Seems a bit of a waste to toss them into an IPA.
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Go crazy. Dry hop with the Northern Brewer. Use Fuggles, EKG, Willamette and your Columbus in the boil. The Magnum could be boiled too. That should deplete your hops supply nicely.

Just leave the Hallertau for something a little more subtle. Seems a bit of a waste to toss them into an IPA.

Yeah, I've got a Maerzen on the launching pad-- maybe I'll save the Hallertau for that.

hhmm. .
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I don't mean to be a dick...but you really have to use English yeast to have an English IPA. With that ingredient list, I'd make an American amber, fairly hoppy.

Munich, medium crystal, northern brewer and willamette.

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He didn't mention what yeast he had, Dude....

anyway, I'd be more concerned with the lack of Maris Otter, but what the heck, it's a "leftovers" batch and those can be fun too...

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