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Old 08-20-2012, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default First IPA, first all-grain, recipe feedback--

I want to make a tasty IPA as my first all-grain brew. I have a 10-gal round Igloo cooler, which I am in the process of converting to a mash tun with the steel braid. I will be acquiring an 8-12 gallon kettle soon. In the meantime, I play with Beersmith. So what do you all think?

Type: All Grain
Date: 08/20/2012
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Brewer: Chris
Boil Size: 7.04 gal
Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min
End of Boil Volume 6.50 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 5.10 gal
Est Mash Efficiency 73.9 %

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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
14 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)
4.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
1.00 oz Summit [17.00 %] - First Wort 60.0 min 53.7 IBUs
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 20.0 min 4.8 IBUs
0.50 oz Summit [17.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min 14.8 IBUs
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min 1.6 IBUs
0.50 oz Summit [17.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min 4.9 IBUs
1.0 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [124.21 ml]
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days
1.00 oz Summit [17.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days

Est OG: 1.063
Est FG: 1.014

So, any thoughts? I recently acquired some bulk hops, I have 1 lbs of each: Apollo, Cascade, US Golding, Nugget, Styrian Golding, and Summit, so feel free to suggest a better hop schedule.
Also, the brew will be called Graduation IPA, cause I finally finished grad school

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Old 08-20-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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Looks tasty. Make a starter

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Old 08-20-2012, 07:52 PM   #3
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Looks delicious.

Personally, I'm a hophead, so I'd load up on the late additions even more. eg change those half ounces to a full ounce and just back the minutes up to hit a comparable IBU. I like to be able to smell my IPA from a room away.

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:51 PM   #4
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I haven't used Apollo, but I would use some of that based on its description at around the 5 minute mark. I'd also cut the bittering. That's a lot of IBUs all at once. I'd also move the 20 minute addition to later; either 15 minutes or less. I'd throw an ounce of Apollo in the dry hop as well. The rest of it sounds fine. I used a pound of malenoiden in my last IPA and I like it. I also used a pound of munich to add some malt flavor.

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Old 08-21-2012, 01:12 PM   #5
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Cool, thanks guys!
I was to focus on the hops, but keep it relatively simple. Also I hear Apollo described as 'dank'? Anyway, I think I will change the hop schedule to:
0.5oz Summit @ FWH, 27 IBU
0.5oz Summit @ 30m, 19 IBU
1oz Cascade @ 15m, 9 IBU
1oz Summit @ 15m, 24 IBU
1oz Cascase & Summit at FO, and again for the DH.

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If you've never done AG before, 65% is not unrealistic, but possibly a little ambitious. Until you get experienced with your system, keep some DME on hand.

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Old 08-21-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
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If you've never done AG before, 65% is not unrealistic, but possibly a little ambitious. Until you get experienced with your system, keep some DME on hand.
Good advice. I'm picking some up for Brandon O's Graff and starters. I'll get some extra.
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