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Old 07-10-2013, 06:57 AM   #1
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I was hoping for some critique of an IPA I plan to brew soon.

12lbs 2-row
1lb Crystal 20
1lb Munich
.5 Carapils

1oz Columbus @ 60
1oz Centennial @ 15
1oz Simcoe @ 15
1oz Centennial @ 1
1oz Simcoe @ 1
1oz Centennial Dry Hop
1oz Columbus Dry Hop

OG: 1.072
IBU: 78
SRM: 6
ABV: 7.1%

People seem to freak out if there is more than 10-15% of a less fermentable specialty grain in an ipa recipe but I like a bit of malt to back up the hops. I don't mean balance the hops, just support them...

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Old 07-10-2013, 07:12 AM   #2
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As long as it's fully attenuated... it looks tasty

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Old 07-10-2013, 07:56 AM   #3
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Do you plan on dry hopping each separate OR together? I was reading somewhere that doing one say for 3-5 days remove than the next same amount of time can help get the aroma nicely from both.

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Old 07-10-2013, 11:13 AM   #4
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I was hoping for some critique of an IPA I plan to brew soon.

12lbs 2-row
1lb Crystal 20
1lb Munich
.5 Carapils

1oz Columbus @ 60
1oz Centennial @ 15
1oz Simcoe @ 15
1oz Centennial @ 1
1oz Simcoe @ 1
1oz Centennial Dry Hop
1oz Columbus Dry Hop

OG: 1.072
IBU: 78
SRM: 6
ABV: 7.1%

People seem to freak out if there is more than 10-15% of a less fermentable specialty grain in an ipa recipe but I like a bit of malt to back up the hops.
Well, the carapils is really doing nothing for the recipe since you already have a pound of crystal.

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I don't mean balance the hops, just support them...
I don't know what this means...
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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Make it and adjust it as you go along. if you like that all that really matters. I've been remaking the same 7 or so ales for the last year and tweeking them a little until i get it the way i want it

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Make it and adjust it as you go along. if you like that all that really matters. I've been remaking the same 7 or so ales for the last year and tweeking them a little until i get it the way i want it
i agree. it's your beer and make it how ever you want!!
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:03 PM   #7
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Russian River is probably the main advocate for keeping the crystal malt percentage low in IIPAs. Being that their Pliny the Elder seems to be rated #1 for IIPAs at BeerAdvocate and other sites, this philosophy works well for IIPA fans. It certainly works for me, but then, I'm a hophead.

An IIPA is all about highlighting hop complexity, and having cloying sweetness works against that. Your recipe is high in crystal and other unfermentables, but it's really more of an IPA. I'd reduce the crystal if I was making it for me, but like others have stated, "brew what you like". That's one of the big advantages to homebrewing over buying local microbrews - getting a beer that matches your desires.

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Old 07-10-2013, 02:28 PM   #8
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Russian River is probably the main advocate for keeping the crystal malt percentage low in IIPAs. Being that their Pliny the Elder seems to be rated #1 for IIPAs at BeerAdvocate and other sites, this philosophy works well for IIPA fans. It certainly works for me, but then, I'm a hophead.

An IIPA is all about highlighting hop complexity, and having cloying sweetness works against that. Your recipe is high in crystal and other unfermentables, but it's really more of an IPA. I'd reduce the crystal if I was making it for me, but like others have stated, "brew what you like". That's one of the big advantages to homebrewing over buying local microbrews - getting a beer that matches your desires.
This guy is considering it an IPA. I agree with you that it is more of an IIPA, and I would say as an IIPA it has way too much kilned malt in it: (crystal carapils, and munich) in it....this is almost APA territory.

I think there is a tendency these days to make IPA over the top with regard to IBUs. I prefer to keep my IPAs and IIPAs more separate. IPA should be pretty sessionable...more in the 1.060 and 50-60 IBU range. IIPAs in the 1.070-1.080 range 70-80 IBUs (and up!). Just my 0.02.

That being said, its your beer....brew it and call it what you want!
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I would drink any IPA. The only one I didn't like was maharaja

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People do lose their minds about crystal in beers. I think folks forget that a AG and extract batch are going to attenuate differently.

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