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Old 01-08-2011, 12:55 AM   #1
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Default Liquid Novacaine 296 IBU IIPA

I've got a problem. I'm moving in June and have about 3.5# of pellet hops sitting in my freezer. They are about 2 years old but have been sealed and kept in the freezer the whole time. I can't ship full bottles or fermenters and don't have room in my car for a bunch of beer. I figure I've got enough time to brew and drink one (maybe two) batches before I drive cross country. So I came up with this hop stupid brew. Comments are welcome.

5 Gallon
OG 1.088
FG 1.022 (hoping for lower)
ABV 8.5%
SRM 12
IBU 296
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13# Marris Otter
1# Crystal 40
2# Belgian Candi (clear)

2oz Magnum (14.1% AA)
12oz Willamette (4.1% AA)
8oz EK Golding (5.1% AA)
5oz Fuggles (4.5% AA)

The plan is to mix all the hops together and add a few pellets every 5 minutes for a 120 minute boil. I threw this in Qbrew and came up with 296 IBUs. I was shooting for 300, but I figure this should still put your tongue to sleep. Thoughts?

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/710-ibu-coopers-ipa-78010/

See the above post. You max out the IBUs at around 100, so you'd just be wasting hops.
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Holy balls. I have no words for this.
I'm really interested to hear how this turns out.
If in doubt... Add more hops!!

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You'll lose a lot of wort so maybe plan for 7 gallons and lose 2. On american barleywines and IPAs I like the Northern Brewer Hopshot which is similar to the extract Russian River and Lagunitus use for bittering but that doesn't help you use your hops.

I would urge you to put as much of that as you are willing to in at flameout and let it sit hot (I actually like to chill it to about 190 first) for 20 minutes before chilling. I think you will like the result.

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Ace,
I understand that you can't (in theory) go much over 100 IBUs. I also know that while the bitterness isn't going to go up past that, the flavour and aroma will. As far as wasting hops goes, I would be tossing them if I don't brew with them. They've been in my freezer for 2 years and they were (probably) a year old when I bought them on sale. My brew buddies don't really want them. I spent $20 for 5# so I'm not going to be broken hearted either way.

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I think I started with 8 gallons in the kettle on recipe. My boil off rate is pretty high on my system. I can back load the hops to get more flavour and aroma. Also I have a pound of cluster and more willamette to dry hop with (not that I'm planning on using a pound to dry hop).

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In that case, brew on!

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YES YES YES! I assume you're in the armed forces? If so, thank you. If you want some feedback, I'd love to try a bottle.

This was my my home grown cascade IPA that I made last week. People here flipped their ever loving mind when I noted that I used ~13oz of leaf hops.

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I bought 2lbs of hops for $20 from a guy who was moving from Hawaii to the mainland. Just saying...

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It is my understanding that you can add more IBUs to a beer, your taste buds just can't perceive any increase above 100...am I totally off here?

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Do it!

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