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Old 04-07-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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Can someone give me an opinion on this recipe? I'm going for a light, crisp and "tropical" session for the patio this summer.

1lb Crystal 10L
1/4lb Honey Malt
4 1/2lb Golden Light DME (4L)
1/4lb Corn Sugar
1/4oz Mosaic (12.7%) @ 45
1/2oz Citra (14.1%) @ 10
1/2oz Citra (14.1%) @ 5
1oz Citra (14.1%) @ flameout
US-05

SG 1.042
23IBU
4.2ABV

Thought is that the Mosaic and Citra will give me a lot of tropical mango/grapefruit flavors, honey malt some sweetness, and the corn sugar help to dry and crisp it a bit. Do the proportions sound right?

Thanks for your input.

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Old 04-07-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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Wow!!! This sounds like a great Summer beer! This will be my next batch... Updates to follow...

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Old 04-07-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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I got the stuff to make it today, just wondering if my proportions (especially the honey malt) seem good. I'll keep you posted!

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:08 PM   #4
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I would do 1/2# more DME and up the HM and CS both by 1/4#. I like a heavier OG in mine. Other than those tweaks, yours looks great!

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:20 PM   #5
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Everything looks good to me.
Just wondering why the mosaic at 45.
You will only get bitterness from it.
So why not use a neutral high Alfa hop the and move it a late addition to get some flavor and aroma from it.

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:37 PM   #6
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Just wondering why the mosaic at 45.
Yeah, Billy, but I was wanting to stay with a similar flavor profile. Really wanted todo Galaxy, but it seems like no one has any, so the LHBS suggested I try Mosaic. Haven't used it before, so I figured why not give it a go.
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I understand staying with the same flavors, but why not use a neutral bittering hop like magnum.

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Two weeks in the fermenter, and three in the bottle and I finally cracked one tonight. Beer was fantastic. Had a very strong pineapple/grapefruit flavor with a real crispness to it. I think the honey malt gave it a nice balance with the fruity flavors, without leaving a sweet aftertaste. As Billybrewer mentioned, I probably wouldn't bother with the mosaic in the future...LHBS was really hopped up about them, but I doubt it made much difference in the final product. Next time, I think I'd be inclined to go all Citra or something neutral.

All in all, I think this is a really beautiful beer that will be very nice on warm summer nights. Finished up at 1.010 giving me about 4.7% ABV.

If anyone else tries it, I'd love to hear what you think.

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This looks awesome. Wish I didnt just buy the ingredients for something else... This will definitely come after that tho

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Mosaic is a great hop, and I think it would combine nicely with the Citra. But I'm sure you're correct that it didn't add much outside of bitterness. Any flavor or aroma would have been boiled off at a 45 min addition.

Recipe sounds great for summer and I definitely want to brew it... only change I'll make is to move the Mosaic to a later addition and use Warrior or some other bittering hop. Or, maybe I'll try the Mosaic as FWH... that might help bring the flavor through.

Thanks for posting this!

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