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Old 04-16-2007, 09:51 PM   #11
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I agree. Strange. And did you buy the 2-row crushed or did you take a rolling pin to them. I find 2-row very PITA to crush.

Still, 1-2 pounds of well crushed 2-Row would have helped, but that recipe looks light (very light) for an IPA.
Sorry I may have confused you. The recipe I just completed is NOT an IPA. I am looking to do one though

the 2- row was all ready to use according to the kit I used and crushig was not necessary
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:58 PM   #12
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I have never had an IPA, so have no idea where to begin with that. I think I would like to be in the 6% range. I like full flavor, but not too bitter. I am not up to speed with knowlegg or equipment to go full grain, but would like something more complex than the basic kit...Does that make sense?

BTW as far as the recipe being unusual. You may be right. The grains were steep in a grain bag. Was put to gether as a "Brown Box" kit by my LHBS
Sure, you making sense!

I LOVE IPAs, but they are not for everyone. How about a Newcastle clone, or something like that? That's easy, fairly inexpensive and easy drinking. Or any other beer that you know that you like. I think I have a Newcastle clone posted here somewhere, but probably not in the recipe database. I'll look for it if you want. We can give you enough instructions that you won't have a problem following them.

Or if you still want a kit (but a BETTER kit), I recommend anything from Austinhomebrew.com or the Brewer's Best kits. Good steeping grains, good instructions, and decent prices. And, good beer! I personally have used the Fat Tire clone from AHS and the English Pale ale and Red ale from Brewer's Best.

I have heard that Midwest and Morebeer.com have nice extract/steeping grains kits, too but haven't used them.
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:07 PM   #13
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Austin Homebrew has the best kits from my experience. Their Summit IPA is quite possibly the best IPA out there in my opinion. They have a ton of recipes. Check their site out and pick something up.


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Old 04-16-2007, 10:11 PM   #14
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Thanks...I definatley need to upgrade. now that I have learned some of the basics, I realize that what I am buying is ok, but the result is lower than I anticipated.

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Old 04-17-2007, 01:18 AM   #15
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You might want to buy a commercial IPA before you start brewing 5 gallons of one. You said that you don't like your beer too bitter, well IPAs are the most bitter of all. Very hoppy, citrusy, and bitter. I love them, but some people would spit it out at the first taste of one.

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Old 04-17-2007, 07:15 AM   #16
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I'm not a seasoned pro or anything, but my recommendation is that you do a bit of research. Don't worry, it's fun research! Get two things:
1. Go to a good beer store, preferably one that has the "build your own six pack" option, compile one or two of said six packs of different types of beers. take them home and decide which ones you like enough to try to emulate.
2. If you don't have it already, get a copy of Papazian's "Complete Joy of Homebrewing" look for the chart for formulating recipes and find the closest thing to what you want to brew on that chart and start from there. It breaks it down simply enough that you won't have to rely on a kit to get the recipe right. Not that there's anything wrong with a kit, but I don't think they're all that necessary.

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Old 04-17-2007, 04:50 PM   #17
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Some great advice...I will inquire about soem recipes....in the meantime any suggestions on a couple good (store bought) IPA's to sample?

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I think Stone's IPA is the best. I'd recommend you try Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, though. It's a pale ale, not an IPA, so it's not as intense. It would make a great bridge from malty beers to an IPA.

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Thanks...I definatley need to upgrade. now that I have learned some of the basics, I realize that what I am buying is ok, but the result is lower than I anticipated.

Yeah that happens from time to time. But I would like to point out, is that you shouldn't get down about the ABV alone not meeting your expectations. Sure it does affect the product, but in general you'll still wind up with something very worthwhile. So don't be bummed.
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