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Old 10-11-2009, 05:59 AM   #1
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Default Strong and dark IPA... is this going to be drinkable?

This is kind of what I had planned.
6# amber DME
2#Caraamber
2#Pale 2row Barley
2#Corn Sugar

I have a ton of cascade that I just dried and was thinking about Norther brewer for bittering. I would use my homegrown hops for aroma and dry hopping. Is this going to taste like Sh%t?

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Old 10-11-2009, 06:04 AM   #2
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I would say that's a IIPA for sure you've got a TON of gravity in there.
So far as taste I've never brewed with Caraamber but if it's anything like the other cara-XYZ two pounds sounds like an awful lot. Going to be like drinking a loaf of bread.

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Old 10-11-2009, 06:20 AM   #3
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would it be better to switch the caraamber for crystal?

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I wouldn't switch all of it. Maybe 1.5# crystal X (whatever you decide) and 0.5# caraamber.

Are you planning on using Cascade exclusively? Because you'll need an awful lot to balance out that high of a gravity.

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Old 10-12-2009, 06:14 AM   #5
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Anyone have any other suggestions? More corn sugar or hops? I don't want to drink a loaf of bread like weirdboy suggested.

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The biggest problem with IIPAs is by the time the beer has aged enough to take the alcohol-burn off, the hop aroma is fading. If you ditched the corn sugar, it would taste better sooner.

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Or maybe you could lower the sugar to one pound.

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Maybe Centennials in the boil and Cascades for the DH...

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Are you partial mashing? 2-row isn't really worth much as a steeping grain.

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Old 10-16-2009, 07:25 PM   #10
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This is my first attempt at brewing w/o a kit. It is an extract brew with the grains being steeped. I haven't thought about partial mash. Is it easy, or do I need to expand my setup?

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