Looking for input on the following recipe. I want a dry, clean, tropical, hop forward IPA with low malt character and a smooth, yet bitter taste.
I think any changes to the fermentables and hops would be minor, but comments are still welcome. What worries me is the yeast. I've had this closed vial in my refrigerator since my October 19th order. Actual production date was 2-3 weeks prior to this date.
This is a low OG IPA, but the amount of necessary starter still concerns me. I only have 1 vial. What do you guys suggest if obtaining another vial is out of the question?
4.8 gallon boil
4.0 gallon batch
2 lbs. Extra Light DME (Boil start)
2 lbs. American 2-Row (148 F mash)
1 lb. 10 oz. Extra Light DME (Flameout addition)
10 oz. Sugar (Flameout addition)
10 oz. Wheat Malt (148 F mash)
5 oz. Crystal 10 (148 F mash)
67 IBUs Rager
Approx. 6 oz. total hops
Boil 60 min, 0.33 oz. Warrior pellet 15.7% (33 IBUs)
Boil 15 min, 0.50 oz. Citra leaf 13.7% (10.5 IBUs)
Boil 10 min, 0.75 oz. Citra (13 IBUs)
Boil 5 min, 0.75 oz. Citra (11 IBUs)
Warm Hopstand 30 min, 1.50 oz. Citra
Dryhop 7 days, 2.00 oz. Citra
1 vial WLP001 starter
(Not sure what size since production date was October 10th -
I'm guessing 30% viability).