Originally Posted by elixir
I am entering an IPA into a local competition, I ordered all my ingredients I want to use but I haven't figured out the timing im going to add the hops during the boil..
15 # 2 Row
1 # Crystal 40
1/2 # Carafoam
1/2 # Melanoidin
Hops I have on hand that I just ordered
2 oz Citra (whole leaf)
2 oz Simcoe
3 oz Rakau
1 oz Pacifica
2 oz El Dorado
1/2 oz Cascade (whole leaf)
Fermenting with 2 Packets US-05
I know this could make an awesome IPA, but I just need to know what order these should go in to make it the best. Probably going to reserve the whole leaf citra & cascade for dry hopping.
I would think to maybe use the simcoe for your bittering and first flavor hop addition. They can impart a smooth bitterness and have a higher alpha content which depending on your planned ibus you can get the most bang for your buck.
Other than the citra of course but you said you planned on using those for dry hopping. I think the others would blend very well together as your later and flshout (if you plan on any) hop additions since they all mostly contribute similar flavors and aromas and i think would blend well together keeping everything cohesive and not givin you too much of a mish mosh of flavors going on which i definitely prefer. The cascade addition would go well with the citra for a nice combo as well as ive made an APA with these two together and the aroma i got from the dry hop was nice.
If it were me i would try and get most of your ibus from the simcoe. Using a 45 or 60 minute addition and use the other oz as your first flavor hop at around 20. Smoother IPAs come from a large amount of late hop additions so i would maybe adding the other hops at around 10 minutes and continually add and choose how youd like to add them.
Just a few ideas, see how they fit in with your original plan and use some or none of the ideas. Hope it turns out great and i see alot of potential in this one. Let us know how it comes out!