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Old 01-11-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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Can you over hop an IPA?

I know the science says you can only get so many IBUs into solution...
So what would happen if you threw a pound of warrior pellets in for 60 minutes?
If the tools say it's 1,000 IBU, is there anything wrong with that?

I'm planning a super hoppy beer for a friend who says nthing is hoppy enough.

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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I think you may start to enter the too bitter zone if your o.g. is low plus the cohumulone content of the hops is high.

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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Isn't 100 to 120 the max IBUs for solution and human taste? I mean going over that seems like it would be wasting hops.

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:44 PM   #4
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I'm getting ready to brew an IPA from "Old British Beers...". The recipe calls for 3.1oz of Goldings per gallon of wort.

It also has an OG of 70 and expects you to age it for a year, followed by dry hopping.

What I'm getting at is that if you have enough malt to complement the taste, and allow enough time for the tastes to mature, then you're pretty free to do whatever you want.

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #5
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On another note... last week I was about to toss out the beer from a cornie that had sat around for 8 years. Curiosity got the best of me and I had a taste before I dumped it out. Amazingly, it wasn't infected. The flavor had almost completely gone. But the aroma of the hops was just as fresh as if it were a new beer that had just been dry hopped.

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #6
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Well, all that hop matter will suck up wort/beer so you will lose volume. And if you're not gaining anything then all you're doing is making less beer for no reason.

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Thats if you want the malt in there. A lot of NW IPAs have little malt and tons of hops. Pliny only uses 2-row for example, and I think the recipe calls for a pound or so of hops for a 5 gallon batch. Anyway, a pound at 60 would be very bitter so malt would be necessary. If you're doing the hop bomb thing, Ive never had a beer that was too hoppy

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A local brewery here in Pullman makes a beer with 110 IBU's. It's pretty much undrinkable, IMO, but others love it.

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Can you over hop an IPA?

I know the science says you can only get so many IBUs into solution...
So what would happen if you threw a pound of warrior pellets in for 60 minutes?
If the tools say it's 1,000 IBU, is there anything wrong with that?

I'm planning a super hoppy beer for a friend who says nthing is hoppy enough.
Have him/her chew on a hop cone or pellet one time. Not the dry hop turbo kick I thought it would be.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:25 PM   #10
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Have him/her chew on a hop cone or pellet one time. Not the dry hop turbo kick I thought it would be.
I do this from time to time, every time I do it I am reminded why it's not a good idea
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