I'm looking to make a special brew for the fiance and wanted some feedback on what I've come up with.
She and I both really like Gumballhead when we can get it. And the other night, she came home from something called booze-a-palooza raving about a very limited release Goose Island IPA called Star Cluster. She asked the guy what made it so good and he told her its all about the galaxy hops.
My LHBS happened to have galaxy, so I picked up a few ounces after I realized how rare it is . I smelled it before I put it in the freezer and it was AMAZING. The kind of hops smell that invades your dreams (in a good way).
Anywho, in order to make something that she would enjoy, I decided to take this recipe:
and replace most of the Amarillo with Galaxy so it comes out looking like this:
1lb. Caravienne(now called Belgian Cara-20)
1lb. White Wheat
5lb. Briess Wheat DME
.5oz Amarillo pellet (7.0 AA, 60 min.)
.5oz Galaxy pellet (13.4 AA, 20 min.)
.5oz Galaxy pellet(13.4 AA, 5 min.)
.5oz Galaxy pellet (13.4 AA, flameout)
1oz Galaxy pellet (9.8 AA, dry-hop)
Safale US-05 Yeast
This is going to be my first partial mash (obviously its pretty small, really mini-mini-mash). I was thinking 152 strike water for 75 min(???) and the 170 sparge water. Havent figured out the specifics for the amounts of strike/sparge yet.
I'd really like some feedback on hops. I couldn't use Galaxy for bittering because of the high AA (I want to keep the IBUs at 30-40 to make it palatable for SWMBO) and I heard its resin-y when used for bittering. Not sure if thats a good thing, so I just kept the Amarillo from the original recipe.
These are the main things I'm unsure of:
- Amarillo for bittering hops. I am very open to alternatives to this. Something that complements the galaxy well, but I still want the galaxy to be the star of the show.
- Amounts/times for adding my galaxy. I was mainly working off of 1)the original recipe, 2) that famous hops utilization chart and 3) having portioned out the be under 40 IBU. As is, it comes up in hopville as 30.4. I'm mostly concerned about having so much in there for aroma (5 min, flameout and dry-hopping). I was thinking about striking one of those and upping my 20 mins slightly.
Thanks in advanced for the advice.