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Default Willamette based PA/IPA recipe advice

I'm planning on brewing an extract-based pale ale/IPA (I feel like it might be a tweener) using Willamette finishing hops. My planned recipe is as follows:

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7 lbs extra light DME
1 lb caramunich
1/2 lb carapils
1 oz. Bravo hops @ 13.6% AA - boil
1 oz. Willamette @ 4.4% - 20 minutes
1 oz. Willamette @ 4.4% - 5 minutes
1/2 oz. Willamette dry hop


How does this sound to you guys? I'd appreciate any feedback as I'm relatively new to formulating my own recipes. Thanks.

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Old 05-16-2008, 02:20 AM   #2
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In Beer Alchemy this comes in a little high on the IBU for an American IPA, at about 74, but if you're only doing a partial boil you'll likely not get full utilization of the hops. ABV comes in at ~5.8, but that's based on 75% attenuation, which could very well be higher than that. You might consider using regular light DME instead of extra light, because it looks like the color is supposed to be around 6 SRM, but again, using DME and putting it in early in the boil, you'll likely get a darker beer in the end anyways, so extra light should be fine too.

Doesn't look too bad to me.

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I love Willamette and your recipe looks good. I have never dry hopped with them though so maybe someone will come along and relate their experience. How large is your boil volume. If it is less than 3 gallons consider adding at least one half with 15 minutes remaining as you will get better hop extraction and it won't be quite as dark.

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Welcome greenbirds! Willamette hops make excellent flavor/aroma hops so I'll bet your IPA turns out great. You could even get away with dry hopping a little more, but I'm a hop head so maybe that's overkill.

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Thanks for your input.

Blender, my boil will be about 3 gallons, so are you saying I should add half the DME for the whole (60 minute) boil, and half with 15 minutes left? I'll update the thread periodically to let you know how this thing ends up.

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Thanks for your input.

Blender, my boil will be about 3 gallons, so are you saying I should add half the DME for the whole (60 minute) boil, and half with 15 minutes left? I'll update the thread periodically to let you know how this thing ends up.
I should let blender speak for himself, but I believe that's exactly what he's saying. A late extract addition will reduce caramelization and thus lighten the color of your beer. I'm not sure how this increases hop extraction though. Maybe less extract in the water allows for more of the hop goodness (that's a technical term) to be released?
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Thanks for your input.

Blender, my boil will be about 3 gallons, so are you saying I should add half the DME for the whole (60 minute) boil, and half with 15 minutes left? I'll update the thread periodically to let you know how this thing ends up.
Yeah, because your boil will have less gravity it will make hop utilization rise as well as keep the beer lighter. Just be very careful when adding it during the last 15 minutes and make sure the pot is off the heat so the DME won't scorch. Bring it back to boil for the final 15 minutes.
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I used some Willamette as a dry hop in my Sacred Summit Pale Ale and it was very nice.

Gives a tasty floral aroma to the beer.

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FYI. See here. Check out the discussion below the recipe. If you're hoping for a strong hop character from this small amount of Willamette, I'd think again. I used 6.5oz of willamette in addition to everything else, and it's still pretty mild. That was my experiment with Willamette. If you expect it to be like a typical American IPA, don't. It's nice and spicy and mild, more of a british style IPA.

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Wow, Evan. That's quite a recipe. Perhaps I'll pick up an extra ounce or so and change the schedule to 20, 10, and 2.

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