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Old 12-05-2012, 06:33 PM   #11
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an English IPA beats the American version every time. At least for me it does. I've gotten to loathe the hops most places use for flavor and aroma in American pale ales/IPAs. Any time I try one, I just can't enjoy it. Give me EKG (at the right use) and I'm a happy drinker.
Erroneous on all accounts Just kidding, but I fervently disagree. I actually have the exact opposite feelings about American hops as you do. And to think... you live so close to Vermont with all those great local hoppy American beers! Shame Shame Shame
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:43 PM   #12
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lucky me living in London UK, i brew a lot of english IPA (or as i call them, IPA) for me english ipa must be maris otter, low on the speciality, a little sugar, and predominantly english hops. yum

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:06 PM   #13
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My English IPA is very simple, maris otter, british crystal 55, EKG and challenger hops. It got 3rd place at LA county fair.

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:36 PM   #14
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I think an English IPA is going to be one of my next brews. It probably won't have a complicated recipe indeed. I wonder though if it can be done at all with extract. I'm thinking about going BIAB but I haven't made that step yet. My LHBS should have the right yeast and hops, though.

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Old 12-06-2012, 12:40 AM   #15
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When brewing English beer, IPA or not, your first thought should be the same as if you were making a Belgian or a lager. That is, about yeast!

Look back through history and you'll see the Brits brewing with pretty much everything under the sun... American hops, Czech hops, English hops, Californian malt, Turkish malt, French sugar, American maize, and the list goes on. But guess what stayed the same... you guessed it, yeast.

Therefore, if you would like to brew an English IPA... and not an English 'inspired' IPA... take a minute and consider why using a proper English yeast (and not S-04 or Notty) might just be more important than what variety of hops you are using.

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Old 12-06-2012, 12:57 AM   #16
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I did a copy/paste from a site without seeing that...

BTW, IMO/IME, an English IPA beats the American version every time. At least for me it does. I've gotten to loathe the hops most places use for flavor and aroma in American pale ales/IPAs. Any time I try one, I just can't enjoy it. Give me EKG (at the right use) and I'm a happy drinker.
I can't agree more. I find most English IPA's to be just the perfect combination of malt and hops, and just love the mild hop aroma. Just real easy to drink and enjoy without all that bitterness and citrus wham. I just bottled my second batch two weeks ago and can't wait to get into it around Christmas time.

My next batch (and first AG for me) will actually be a Wit, but then I'll go back to the comfort of an ESB or English IPA. I think I need to go through your recipes.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:48 AM   #17
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English IPA's in the US seem quite often to be higher in gravity than some I've had in UK. I'm trying to come up with a recipe from a local UK brewery from my youth, sadly closed in 1992 after 150 yrs. They had a lovely golden IPA that came in at 1038 OG and was a lovely summery pint.

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Erroneous on all accounts Just kidding, but I fervently disagree. I actually have the exact opposite feelings about American hops as you do. And to think... you live so close to Vermont with all those great local hoppy American beers! Shame Shame Shame
I have yet to try an American IPA that's worth going into my glass. Don't care where it's come from.

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lucky me living in London UK, i brew a lot of english IPA (or as i call them, IPA) for me english ipa must be maris otter, low on the speciality, a little sugar, and predominantly english hops. yum
You bastard. Direct access to all that. I don't use any sugar in my batches. Just haven't seen the need for it. Check out my MO SMaSH recipes if you like.

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My English IPA is very simple, maris otter, british crystal 55, EKG and challenger hops. It got 3rd place at LA county fair.
I'll post up my MO SMaSH IPA later. The sample I pulled for the FG (before transferring to serving kegs) had the right amount of hop flavor (and a touch of aroma, in the uncarbonated sample) to make me smile. One 3 gallon keg is in the fridge and the balance is on gas in the basement.

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I think an English IPA is going to be one of my next brews. It probably won't have a complicated recipe indeed. I wonder though if it can be done at all with extract. I'm thinking about going BIAB but I haven't made that step yet. My LHBS should have the right yeast and hops, though.
I believe there's a Maris Otter extract available. Not sure about pricing and availability, but it would be about the only extract I'd even briefly consider for such a batch.

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English IPA's in the US seem quite often to be higher in gravity than some I've had in UK. I'm trying to come up with a recipe from a local UK brewery from my youth, sadly closed in 1992 after 150 yrs. They had a lovely golden IPA that came in at 1038 OG and was a lovely summery pint.
I've made a lower ABV version of mine. Well, closer to 5.5%. For me, that is lower. I might try to make one in the 4.5 area come early spring time. That way it will be ready come summer. I'll probably go with a 12 gallon batch size (to kegs), so that I have enough to fill four serving kegs. That way, if it goes fast, I'll have plenty on hand to not have to brew it too often. Need to brew other things after all.
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I can't agree more. I find most English IPA's to be just the perfect combination of malt and hops, and just love the mild hop aroma. Just real easy to drink and enjoy without all that bitterness and citrus wham. I just bottled my second batch two weeks ago and can't wait to get into it around Christmas time.

My next batch (and first AG for me) will actually be a Wit, but then I'll go back to the comfort of an ESB or English IPA. I think I need to go through your recipes.
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lucky me living in London UK, i brew a lot of english IPA (or as i call them, IPA) for me english ipa must be maris otter, low on the speciality, a little sugar, and predominantly english hops. yum
Do you guys have a recipe that I can take a look at?

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English IPA's in the US seem quite often to be higher in gravity than some I've had in UK. I'm trying to come up with a recipe from a local UK brewery from my youth, sadly closed in 1992 after 150 yrs. They had a lovely golden IPA that came in at 1038 OG and was a lovely summery pint.
Please be kind enough to share the recipe with us once you figure it out! It sounds delicious.

Overall I'm pretty sure I want my next batch to be English-style. Next time I go over to the LHBS I'll check to see if they have Maris Otter. Otherwise I'll just order online.
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stevedore, the recipes I've posted are all using UK ingredients. Some are not strictly to style parameters, but they're still damned fine brews. All English/UK yeast strains, hops and almost all my malts are from the UK (except for honey malt, which I wish I could get from an UK maltster). My caramel ale has converted more than a few BMC drinkers over to the right side of beer.

I did post up my MO SMaSH IPA earlier tonight, if you care to check it out. Simple to brew, and so damned fine.

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