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jbb3 12-07-2014 02:02 AM

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Originally Posted by BuddyBrews View Post
So has anyone nailed this clone?!! Seems to be all over the place. This last one i tried seems to be the closest. I personally can't find a better IPA here in SE!!

10.5 lbs 2 row
1.0 lbs Munich
0.5 lbs Crystal 80
0.5 lbs Wheat Malt

And this hop schedule:

1.25 oz Chinook 13% 60 min
2 oz Cascade 5.5% 15 min
1 oz US Golding 5% 1 min
1 oz Simcoe 13% 1 min
1 oz US Golding Dry Hop
1 oz Simcoe Dry Hop

OG: 1.067
IBU: 63
Color: 8 SRM
Originally Posted by dedhedjed View Post
Glad you like it!

Grain bill looks pretty good, though the gravity is a little high. Drop the Cascade and up the Simcoe at the end of the boil and dryhop to around 2 oz each and you've pretty much got it. You want to target 50 IBUs.
Woo Hoo!

12 days into bottle conditioning and I am very please!

It's still a little green but the hoppiness is right on! Maybe even a little bit MORE than the real thing.

I could smell the hops as I was pouring the beer

I scaled up the recipe to 6.5 gal. I reduced the 15 min hop addition to 1 oz. Dry hop amounts were increased to 2oz each as recommended by dedhedjed. I also attempted to replicate a stepped mash (also recommended by dedhedjed) with water additions which went surprisingly well. Not sure how it effected the brew but...

Now I'm going to try really hard to let it go at least another week before I start drinking them in bunches...

I would like to thank BuddyBrews for posting the starting recipe and dedhedjed for chiming in with a few trade secrets.

Thank you gentlemen!

BTW, I didn't take a before photo, but here is an after...

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jbb3 12-23-2014 01:17 AM

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