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Old 01-20-2012, 02:13 AM   #1
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Default Falconer's Flight IPA Recipe Critque

I walked into my LHBS a few days back while the owner was portioning some Flaconer's Flight hops and they smelled absolutely AMAZING. I decided then that I wanted to make an all Falconer's Flight IPA. But rather than taking an existing IPA recipe and adapting it for the hops, I would like to try my hand at making a recipe from scratch.

I want to make an AIPA that has a strong hops presence, and moderate bitterness. After consulting Designing Great Beer and browsing the recipe section here I came up with the following:

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size (fermenter): 5.25 gal
Estimated OG: 1.070 SG
Estimated Color: 10.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 72.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
Mash Method: BIAB, Medium Body at 152*F
Yeast: Wyeast 1056

Grain Bill:
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12 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
1.0 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
0.75 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM)
0.5 lbs Cara-Pils/Dextrine

Hops Schedule:
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All hops are Falconers Flight Hops (11.40% AA)

1.5 oz @ 60 mins
0.5 oz @ 15 mins
0.5 oz @ 5 mins
0.5 oz @ Flameout
1.0 oz Dryhop for 7 days

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Do you have any other bittering hop you could use? That 1.5 oz at 60 would be better served at flameout or another late addition.

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I've got something similar in primary and the sample I took today tasted great. I bittered with Columbus and ended up with about 70 IBUs. I also used less caramel malt but mashed a little higher at 152 to boost the maltiness a bit.

It's my first try with falconer's flight so I hope it turns out well!

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I have not yet purchased the ingredients, so I could swap it out, and/or increase or decrease quantities if I wanted. I do have 1 lb of whole leaf Nuggets on hand though. Do you feel that using the FF for bittering would be a waste?

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So finally getting back to this recipe. I updated the grain bill, swapping the Crystal 60 for 80 and reducing it to 0.75 lbs. I also decided to add a lb of Vienna. I think I am going to leave the Hop schedule alone, provided I can get enough FF hops. Also I upped my mash temp to 152*F.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

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Do you have any other bittering hop you could use? That 1.5 oz at 60 would be better served at flameout or another late addition.
I agree. I just tapped a FF IPA I brewed recently an it came out amazing! I used millennium to bitter. The FF hops are fantastic and I wouldn't want to take away from what they are being lost in the boil.

Also, why the change to the crystal? I used 60 and I'm curious for when, because I definitely will, brew this again!
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I'm not a brew master but I really thing 2.75# of crystal malt is way to much. I used 3/4# of crystal 60 in my FF IPA and bittered with 3/4oz of Chinook and it was nicely balanced. I think with as much crystal as you have you will end up with a very sweet beer.IMHO.

Disregard the comment about the crystal. I misread the recipe. Sorry ...

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Disregard the comment about the crystal. I misread the recipe. Sorry ...
No prob. Thanks for taking a look.

I purchased the grains, hops and yeast this evening and plan to brew it sometime this weekend. I will let you all know how it works out.
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I agree. I just tapped a FF IPA I brewed recently an it came out amazing! I used millennium to bitter. The FF hops are fantastic and I wouldn't want to take away from what they are being lost in the boil.

Also, why the change to the crystal? I used 60 and I'm curious for when, because I definitely will, brew this again!
The change from crystal 60 to 80 was mostly for color. It is my understanding that Vienna lends a little bit of sweetness, so I wanted to cut down the sweetness from the Crystal while keeping the color. I am interested to see how it turns out.

How would you recommend I distribute the 1.5 oz of bittering hops then? I will probably just replace the bittering with either Magnum or Nugget.
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I think bittering with magnum would be good. Nice clean bitterness. As for the 1.5 oz off FF. I would add a half ounce to the 5 min, FO and DH.
Adjust your IBU's if you use the magnum. I would maybe only use 3/4oz.

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