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Old 10-11-2012, 06:06 AM   #1
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Hi All -

Planning to brew an IPA tomorrow night, and going to use all four C hops that I have on hand.

Columbus, Centennial, Cascade, and Citra. Any thoughts?

OG: 1.064
Est FG: 1.013
Batch Size: 6Gal after boil, 5.5 to carboy
Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast with 2.5L starter.

Est IBU is 73 (Raeger)

Here is the hoping schedule I was thinking of:

1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [13.90 %] - Boil 60. Hop 6 48.1 IBUs
1.00 oz Centennial [8.70 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 6.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [13.90 %] - Boil 10. Hop 9 4.8 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [6.40 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 3.7 IBUs
0.50 oz Centennial [8.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 2.5 IBUs
0.50 oz Citra [13.40 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 12 3.9 IBUs
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [13.90 %] - Boil 5.0 Hop 13 4.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Cascade [6.40 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Citra [13.40 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 15 0.0 IBUs

I'm going for big citrus and hoping to get some "dank" from Columbus (LHBS was out of simcoe).

Thanks for any feedback!

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Old 10-11-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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Looks tasty to me. Don't forget the dry hops though.

Also, have you plugged that starter into a calculator? 2.5L is pretty big for a a medium gravity brew.

To play up the citrus, you can also ferment 1056 on the cool side - 63ish.

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Old 10-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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Using Citra late and in the dryhop will shift your dank/citrus goal more towards tropical fruit dominance, especially depending on the amount used. Also, you're not using enough hops for your batch size at 6 total oz for a 6 gallon batch of dank IPA.

Bump your OG up to 1.070 with some corn or table sugar and then try this:

1.00 oz Columbus [13.90 %] @ 60 min
1.00 oz Columbus @ 25 min
1.00 oz Centennial [8.70 %] @ 15 min
1.00 oz Citra [13.40 %] @ 15 min
1.00 oz Centennial @ 8 min
1.00 oz Columbus @ 25 min Flameout Steep
1.00 oz Cascade @ 25 min Flameout Steep

1.00 Columbus @ 7-10 day Dryhop
1.00 Cascade @ 7-10 day Dryhop
1.00 Centennial @ 7-10 day Dryhop

What does your grain bill look like?

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback!

@Bill - I used a calculator, but I am not using a stir plate, so its a simple starter with some occasional shaking, and I am only using a single smack pack for the starter.

@bobbrews - Thanks for the tip, I was afraid it might not be enough hops.

86% - Canadian 2-Row
6.8% - Carastan 30L
5.1% - Munich 10L
1.7% - Crystal 40L

I might have to go the LHBS and grab some more columbus.

Thanks, Chris

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Old 10-11-2012, 06:12 PM   #5
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Good luck. Looks decent. I would probably nix the C40 though. Or half the Carastan. These are very close cara- malts anyways, the only issue may be the high percentage. Try knocking off 3% and see where that takes you.

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Old 10-11-2012, 06:24 PM   #6
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Cool, Thanks. I'm excited to brew this beer tonight.

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:08 PM   #7
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5oz of hops in the last 10 minutes of the boil is certainly not too little hops.

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True. His version contained 5 oz. in the last 10 minutes of the boil...

And my revised version still contains 5 oz. in the last 15 minutes of the boil... The focus is just slightly shifted.

Remember... this is a 6 gallon batch and he wants it to be dank.

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Old 10-12-2012, 02:22 PM   #9
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Not knocking your recipe, just saying the OP's sounded pretty good as is and would be plenty hoppy.

Also, most people don't have a pump and that dramatically changes the value of those whirlpool additions.

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Old 10-12-2012, 02:26 PM   #10
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Lucky for us both, he has the power of choice.

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