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Old 06-16-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default lesson learned: too much citra

Wanted to share my brewing disaster to see if anyone else has had a similar experience.

I made a great IPA with Simcoe, but ruined it with too much Citra.

1 oz Chinook @ 60 min
1.5 oz Simcoe @ 20 min
2 oz Simcoe @ 0 min, whirlpool with heat off for 30 minutes

So far so good. Very hoppy and piney as one would expect with Simcoe.

But I wasn't satisfied...wanting to amaze my hop head friends...I dry hopped with Citra at 1 oz / gallon for 24 hours with agitation at 65F.

24 hours later the beer tasted like pineapple / mango juice - and not in a good way. It didn't even taste like beer anymore. My beer tasted like breakfast fruit juice. I've had a Heady Topper and Hill Farmstead beer before...those are amazing...mine wasn't.

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Old 06-16-2013, 10:07 PM   #2
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1 oz of Citra dry hop per 5 gallons is more than enough for me. 1 oz per gallon....you crazy!!

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Old 06-17-2013, 01:24 AM   #3
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I'm too scared to dry hop with Citra. Hell, I'm scared to dry hop with anything.

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Old 06-17-2013, 02:10 AM   #4
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I brewed a single-hop beer with Citra once. Thought the hops smelled amazing on brew day. I felt very differently when the batch had matured. At least it mellowed in time. I've since come to learn that Citra can be a nice background hop at least.

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Old 06-17-2013, 02:18 AM   #5
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I bottled my first brew using citra today. The recipe uses 1.5oz in the boil plus an oz in dry hops for a 5g batch and going by the smell and taste of the flat beer it's nice and tropical/citrus-y but I don't think I'd want to add any more. From what I've read a little goes a long way.

I'm sure your beer will mellow out into something delicious. Time is the best healer after all.

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Old 06-17-2013, 02:23 AM   #6
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I did 2oz/5 gal dry hop along with 1 oz centennial and my IPA is awesome!!! 5oz citra would have been crazy.

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Old 06-17-2013, 02:27 AM   #7
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y'all need to harden the F up. I made a paste with baking soda & Citra to brush my teeth with. I dry hop my coffee with it. I use it as deodorant. I quit chewing tobacco and started chewing whole leaf Citra.


ok, I lied about all that. I do agree with letting it mellow. then drink the hell out of it.

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Yeah man, let it sit for a bit with the dry hop. It will mellow out and likely be super good.

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Old 06-17-2013, 04:25 AM   #9
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Gonna have to defend Citra here. I make a killer IPA that's a Simcoe/Citra/Amarillo combo using 3oz Citra at 5 min and another 3oz for dry hop along with amarillo. Give it a little time to come into its own. Of course this is my opinion and ymmv.

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Another Citra defender. I made a very simple brew, Marris Otter, magnum for bittering, safale 05 for yeast and a 3 oz citra hop stand (180F for 40 minutes). 'Twas a flipping awesome brew.

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