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Old 03-22-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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I am still pretty new to homebrewing and have decided to develop my own recipe. I went to beerformulator.com and plugged in my recipe and it showed that the beer would end up with about 130 IBU's. Has anyone ever brewed a beer with such a high amount of IBU's? Is this going to kill my tastebuds? Should I give it a shot anyway?

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Old 03-22-2010, 09:57 PM   #2
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I think there is a limit to the amount of IBU's our tastebuds can register. Not sure what it is but I think it's around where your number sits. I hope a good helping of those IBU's are for aroma! Bittering hops that high will make your teeth feel like you just drank battery acid.

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I've read that the human taste threshold is about 100 IBUs, and I've also read somewhere that the limit of hops oils that can isomerize in wort is limited to 100 IBUs or so.

The Pliney clone (posted on this site) calculates out to over 200, I believe. But it's not any more bitter than some of the 90 IBUs beers I've had. There is plenty of hops flavor and aroma, though!

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Old 03-22-2010, 10:09 PM   #4
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I'll try to let you all know in about a month. I just brewed a recipe close to 300 IBUs yesterday. I based my recipe on a PTE clone, been looking at various PTE clones and they seem to range from 200-350 IBUs. I find this surprising compared to Nugget Nectar coming in around 93IBUs. I find both PTE and Nugget to be quite enjoyable beers.

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US Chinook 11.4 % 2.00 oz 52.4 Loose Pellet Hops First Wort Hopped
US Magnum 13.0 % 2.00 oz 59.7 Loose Pellet Hops 90 Min From End
US Chinook 11.4 % 2.00 oz 52.4 Loose Pellet Hops 90 Min From End
US Simcoe 12.2 % 2.00 oz 48.1 Loose Pellet Hops 45 Min From End
US Magnum 13.0 % 2.00 oz 42.9 Loose Pellet Hops 30 Min From End
US Amarillo 8.6 % 2.00 oz 28.4 Loose Pellet Hops 30 Min From End
US Amarillo 8.6 % 2.00 oz 0.0 Loose Pellet Hops At turn off
US Simcoe 12.2 % 2.00 oz 0.0 Loose Pellet Hops At turn off

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That's an impressive schedule indeed.

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I had one of the IPAs at Magnolia in San Francisco (I think it was the Proving Ground IPA) that they list at 100 IBUs. It was good, but didn't seem THAT much more bitter.

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There are only two ways to break 100 IBUs: start with much larger boil volume and boil down or use a concentrate. But you won't taste it. I made a hop wine that calculated out to 260. In a word, no.

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There are only two ways to break 100 IBUs: start with much larger boil volume and boil down or use a concentrate. But you won't taste it. I made a hop wine that calculated out to 260. In a word, no.
David is correct here, but I would just add that adding additional hops beyond what achieves 100 IBU's can surely...and wildly change the taste and character of a beer.

I think I said add too many times, but you get the picture.
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yeah i kind of foolishly made a beer way over 100IBUs and not quite malt balanced a while ago, and while i can only take one at a time, i actually find it quite drinkable and do get in the mood for it every now and then

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