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Old 08-19-2011, 03:38 AM   #1
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I am planning a single hop IIPA. I have two hops two choose from:

Columbus
Chinook

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12 gallon batch
85% two row
5% crystal
10% honey
1.090 OG
1.015 OG
Mash at 150 for a very long time
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1 oz hop choice FWH
1 oz hop choice at 60
4 oz hop choice at 10
4 oz hop choice at FO
3 oz hop choice dry hop for one week
3 oz hop choice dry hop second week


I am really torn on this one..but I am leaning towards chinook.

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Old 08-19-2011, 03:45 AM   #2
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I vote amarillo.

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Old 08-19-2011, 03:51 AM   #3
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Columbus. You can thank me later.

I'm kidding, sort of.

Both would make fine single hop beers, and I can see why you're split over the choice. If you use chinook as heavily as you've outlined here, it's going to be a very resinous beer -- possibly too much so. Columbus has more complexity as a single hop IMHO, more notes of floral and citrus along with its resinous character. Truth be told, using both hops would probably make the best beer possible, but I know the attraction of single hopped IPAs/IIPAs. I'd go Columbus.

Nice looking hop schedule BTW. Heavy and late is my mantra too. I'd skip the honey if it were me... it's going to ferment out to almost nothing, and whatever honey character that would survive fermentation will surely be lost among all the hops. If you want a very dry IIPA, just add 5% table sugar and save a few bucks. I like a little color/maltiness in my IIPAs, so I usually use about 7% C40 and 5% carapils -- I leave the simple sugars out unless I'm going for very high gravity (above 1.080).

At any rate, looks great.

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I vote amarillo.
Oh please no. That single hop amarillo that BevMo sells is the worst crap I've ever tasted. Actually returned it, so at least I didn't pay for it.

All in all, I'm not a fan of single hop brews.
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Columbus. You can thank me later.

I leave the simple sugars out unless I'm going for very high gravity (above 1.080).

At any rate, looks great.
I surely appreciate your input, I am adding the honey because I am a huge fan of hopslam and I am shooting for 1.090 OG. A big brew

I could go with 50/50 chinook and columbus I suppose!
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I have done an all chinook IPA, and it was one batch that did not stay around too long. Chinook, either you hate it
or you love it.

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Don't get me wrong... I LOVE me some chinook. My Arrogant Bastard clone (all chinook of course) is one of my favorite beers I've ever made. The darker malty flavors play really well of the resinous chinook hops. But AB isn't hopbursted like this recipe. All those late/dry additions might be a little astringent (or one-note in flavor) compared to other single hop choices.

Hopslam is a great beer indeed -- I was completely unaware that honey is part of the fermentables. Then again, that's not much of a surprise either: pile on the hops like Bells and the tiny contribution of honey will disappear completely. I still say go with table sugar if you want to dry the beer out. Cheaper to be sure, and more certain the yeast will ferment it out completely and timely. My .02 anyway.

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I did not see the 6 ounces dry hops. Little too much chinook even for me, and my 5 last beers had chinook in them!

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It's heavy -- remarkably similar to my IIPA schedule: ~1 oz at 60, then HEAVY at 10, flameout, and dry hops. I gave up on FWH about a year ago.

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For the record, Amarillo makes for an excellent single hop IPA. I have no idea what Bulldog is complaining about -- Mikkeller's Single Hop Amarillo? People seem to think that that usage of Amarillo was up to par: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13307/55288

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