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Old 08-14-2010, 02:13 AM   #1
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Default Balance? What balance! I'm drinking a 5.5% 150 IBU pale Ale'ish/IPA, and loving it!

Well, I kinda had a case of I have a crap ton of hops, but only a pale ale grain bill. What do you do? Hop it, and then hop it some more! Here's my recipe.

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.84 gal
Estimated OG: 1.057 SG
Estimated Color: 8.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 146.4 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

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Amount Item Type % or IBU
9.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 85.71 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 9.52 %
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 4.76 %
5.00 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (90 min) (First Wort HopHops 113.8 IBU
3.00 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (30 min) Hops 14.9 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (25 min) Hops 6.7 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (20 min) Hops 5.9 IBU
0.25 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (15 min) Hops 2.4 IBU
0.25 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (10 min) Hops 1.8 IBU
0.25 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (5 min) Hops 1.0 IBU
0.25 oz Cascade [5.40 %] (0 min) Hops -
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale

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Old 08-14-2010, 02:18 AM   #2
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:20 AM   #3
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lol is that b/c this is old news?

Do you still have that sweet hop garden in your yard gnome?

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lol is that b/c this is old news?

Do you still have that sweet hop garden in your yard gnome?
haha, no. I was thinking more along the lines of excessive bad taste. more is better etc. Seriously though, whatever floats yer boat is good.

Oh yes, hop garden is looking fruitful this year. I have found out how to make it rain. I just gotta water them suckers and then we get a thunderstorm!
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haha, no. I was thinking more along the lines of excessive bad taste. more is better etc. Seriously though, whatever floats yer boat is good.

Oh yes, hop garden is looking fruitful this year. I have found out how to make it rain. I just gotta water them suckers and then we get a thunderstorm!
Well the first pint is kinda a rough one, but heck, that's what an experimentation like this is for! Yeah, I followed your route and made a horizontal hop garden this year for my first time. I picked the hops from my two cascade rhizomes yesterday. I believe I will probably have around 4 oz when their dried. I'll post some pics tomorrow so you can see how much better yours looked than mine.

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I need some advice for brewing. What you drinking on recently man?
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Bitter, always with the bitter. Oy veh, i love the bitter. I have no idea how I suddenly became Jewish, but what can a poor schmuck like me do about it.

Bitter is why I brew. Anything else I can buy.

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Bitter, always with the bitter. Oy veh, i love the bitter. I have no idea how I suddenly became Jewish, but what can a poor schmuck like me do about it.

Bitter is why I brew. Anything else I can buy.
You used to live in England right? You really don't brew anything else? Are you still brewing that recipe under your drop down? If not, what's your favorite bitter?
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I've made various beers 5.5-7% beers with 8-12oz of hops in them, although I usually don't add any hops any earlier than 20 minutes, otherwise I find that the hop flavours and aromas get buried in the bitterness.

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Isn't a pale ale with way too much hops an IPA?

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