Originally Posted by thedevanzoshift
Going for a light crisp balanced ipa with a lot of aroma flavor. Any input on schedule?
You threw me off at the term "balanced ipa". That's an oxymoron.
But yeah, if you want more bitterness, use more early hops. If you want more aroma, use more very late additions and dryhops.
I would bitter with NB to be honest. Let the Centennial & Cascade combo shine. Seven oz. total hops, including the dryhop, is pretty standard for a 5 gallon batch of AIPA, so it's not like you're pushing it. Especially if you want decent aroma.
Get 20-30 IBUs with NB @ 60 Minutes
1.5-2.0 oz. C hops at 10 Minutes
1.5-2.0 oz. C hops at 0 Minutes
2.0-3.0 oz. dryhop with C hops for 7 days
For light/crisp I would mash low, like 149-151 F. And be sure to check your water chemistry and add minerals such as Gypsum & Calcium Chloride as needed. Adequate levels of Sulfate especially can really make the hops pop.