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Old 10-22-2010, 03:17 AM   #1
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Default Grapefruit Pale Ale Recipe - Comments?

I'm very new to recipe creation so I'm hoping I could get some comments on my recipe as far as if the extract and specialty grains amounts look good, along with the hop schedule.

I had recently tried the Southern Tier Pale Ale and absolutely loved it. I want a very drinkable American Pale Ale with strong floral and grapefruit tones. Here's what I threw together:

Recipe: Grapefruit Pale Ale
Brewer: Jeff Dillaman
Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: Extract
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 3.25 gal
Estimated OG: 1.051 SG
Estimated Color: 10.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 45.7 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: - %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
3.00 lb Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 41.10 %
3.30 lb Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 45.21 %
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 6.85 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 6.85 %
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 34.7 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (30 min) Hops 5.6 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (10 min) Hops 5.3 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (0 min) Hops -
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (0 min) Hops -
0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Safale US-05 (Fermentis) Yeast-Ale


I had read somewhere that Southern Tier uses just Simcoe and Cascade in their Pale Ale, but I'm not sure of the authenticity of that source. People seem to really like Amarillo around here so I thought it could be good to throw that in there for aroma too.

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Old 10-22-2010, 03:39 AM   #2
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If you want flavor, do the flameout hop additions. For aroma, dry hopping is crucial. I'd add the amarillo as a dry hop.

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Old 10-22-2010, 03:54 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Southern Tier
Pale
“3 types of hops & 3 types of malts”
Our Pale is an aggressively hopped, with immense overtones of grapefruit and tangerine wrapped in a delicately refined body of pale barley and wheat.
6.2% abv • Pale Ale
I would personnaly go with wheat extract, pale extract, and Crystal 60L
Build that to an OG of 1.062 and FG of 1.014 which would be ~6.2%
Maybe:
72% pale malt
20% Wheat malt - note wheat DME and LME are usually only 55% wheat/ 45% Barley
8% Crystal 60L

For hops I would go with
Simcoe @ 60
Cascade @ 15
Cascade @ 8
Cascade @ 2
Amarillo @ Dry Hop

Look for about 45 IBUs
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Out of curiosity, why do you say you would go with wheat extract? I didn't really taste any in their beer, but I'm not sure how much flavor it would add in quantities that small.

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If you want flavor, do the flameout hop additions. For aroma, dry hopping is crucial. I'd add the amarillo as a dry hop.
I thought that adding hops at flameout just adds aroma, and flavor additions are more around 10-15 minutes left in the boil. Maybe I'm mistaken?
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:26 AM   #6
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I'm only speaking from my experience. When I add at flameout, I get mediocre aroma at best. When I dry hop, I get wonderful hop aroma.

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The Internet says that Simcoe hops taste like grapefruit.

You want to brew a Pale Ale that tastes like grapefruit.

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I have some cascade hops, that will make a really nice pale ale.

I have cascade hops for 1/3 the price.

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I've found that Magnum hops have a very citrusy, grapefruit like bitterness to them. Almost like biting a grapefruit, rind and all. I think it might be a good substitute for Simcoe.

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Out of curiosity, why do you say you would go with wheat extract? I didn't really taste any in their beer, but I'm not sure how much flavor it would add in quantities that small.
Edit: OK, didn't see that their description said they added wheat. My bad.
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