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Old 11-04-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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I'd like to hear your thoughts on this IIPA recipe I came up with. I'm going for that ultra-resinous hops-in-your-face taste and aroma kind of thing with a sweet and bready malt backbone. I'm not really familiar with biscuit malt, but I like what I hear about it. Sounds like it could make an interesting IPA. Also if anyone has any thoughts on the Columbus/Chinook/Simcoe combination that would be great too!

5.5 gallon batch
5 gallon, 90 minute boil
target OG - 1.091
target FG - 1.022
estimated efficiency - 70%

18# 2-Row Pale
1# Crystal 40
8 oz Belgian Biscuit
8 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine

90 min - 1 oz Columbus
60 min - 1 oz Chinook
30 min - 1 oz Chinook
10 min - 1 oz Chinook
5 min - 1 oz Simcoe
Flameout - 1 oz Simcoe
Dryhop - 3 oz Columbus, 2 oz Simcoe

Yeast - WLP001

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I like everything except:

1. Based on my experiences with Biscuit, I would recommend 4 oz instead of 8. With that many hops and the C40, you won't need the carapils for head retention...some people insist on using though, so if you do, I would cut the C40 in half. 1.5 pounds of crystal malt is too much for a IIPA, in my opinion.
2. I don't like a 90 and 60 minute addition. If you're boiling for 90 minutes, add all of your bittering hops there. <30 minute additions look good. Be prepared for 5 oz of dry hops to soak up a bunch of your beer though.

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Old 11-04-2011, 05:41 PM   #3
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I would rather have columbus at 10 minutes and chinook earlier, but that is a personal preference.

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I'll second the bittering addition suggestion, you can just move the 90 minute to 60. I'd also prefer to move the 30 to 15.

And....you may want to consider a bit of corn sugar (8-16 ounces) to dry it out a little

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Alrighty, let's see if this looks any better!

5.5 gallon batch
5 gallon, 90 minute boil
target OG - 1.091
target FG - 1.022
estimated efficiency - 70%

18# 2-Row Pale
12 oz Crystal 40
8 oz Corn Sugar
4 oz Belgian Biscuit

90 min - 2 oz Chinook
30 min - 1 oz Chinook
10 min - 1 oz Columbus
5 min - 1 oz Simcoe
Flameout - 1 oz Simcoe
Dryhop - 3 oz Columbus, 2 oz Simcoe

Yeast - WLP001

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Not nearly enough hops, IMO . You'll need to be looking to double the amount with the grainbill you have in mind (although I also second dropping the amount of overall crystal), but the dry hop is definitely the right idea.

FWIW, I put more than 6oz in the boil per 5 gallons for a regular IPA.

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Not nearly enough hops, IMO . You'll need to be looking to double the amount with the grainbill you have in mind (although I also second dropping the amount of overall crystal), but the dry hop is definitely the right idea.

FWIW, I put more than 6oz in the boil per 5 gallons for a regular IPA.
Ya know, I think I love hops just as much as you do! But everything that I read say that once you hit the 100 IBU mark, you can't really detect any increases in hops. I believe in the heaps of late/dry hops to get the ultra hoppy effect, but I don't know if it would be worth it to add to the earlier additions. I normally wouldn't hesitate to go above and beyond, but hops can just be very expensive...
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Ya know, I think I love hops just as much as you do! But everything that I read say that once you hit the 100 IBU mark, you can't really detect any increases in hops. I believe in the heaps of late/dry hops to get the ultra hoppy effect, but I don't know if it would be worth it to add to the earlier additions. I normally wouldn't hesitate to go above and beyond, but hops can just be very expensive...
You could always add another hop varietal so it tastes hoppier even though the IBUs don't go up. Maybe some Centennial? But then you'd just be making another Pliny clone.

I think it looks good as it is.
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The only change I might make is to move one ounce of the Columbus dry hops to the flameout addition...I'd brew the way you have it, and it'll be a damn good IIPA.

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Old 11-05-2011, 12:13 PM   #10
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I normally wouldn't hesitate to go above and beyond, but hops can just be very expensive...
yes they can, if you're buying them in 1oz increments.

Buy in bulk. You can get most US varieties for $13-18 a pound.
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