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Old 12-02-2012, 03:55 PM   #1
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IPA and IIPA are my favorite styles to drink, but I rarely am happy with ones that I brew. The biggest problem is that I don't feel like I get the bitterness right (yes, I have followed several clone recipes here to a "T"). One of the things I love about the styles is mouth-puckering bitterness, but I have a real problem achieving they in my Homebrew. Beersmith always says my IBUs are in the 70+ range, but I never get the bitterness like a Pliny, Sculpin, etc. Any suggestions on how to improve my bitterness? Thanks.

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Old 12-02-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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What's your boil volume?

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:02 PM   #3
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What's your boil volume?
6 to 11 gallons depending on my batch size (5 v. 10).
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Do you have an example of your recipe, yeast, water, process...? Maybe we can figure out what's going on with your ipas.

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what yeast are you using? yeast can play a factor in perceived bitterness.

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I use 3 main yeasts: WLP001, WLP007, and San Diego Super Yeast. I typically mash around 148-152. I use RO water and build it up with Gypsum and Calcium Chloride.

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I've also tried hop extract in lieu of pellets or leafs.

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what level are you shooting for for your sulfates? Also, could we get a sample recipe so we can see what specialty grains you might be using/when you are making your hop additions?

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What is your brewing water like? Ca and SO4 have an effect on hop utilization and perception.

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what level are you shooting for for your sulfates? Also, could we get a sample recipe so we can see what specialty grains you might be using/when you are making your hop additions?
300 ppm for my sulfates. I typically go with 90-95% base malt (GW 2-row, GW NW Pale, or Fawcett MO) and 5-10% crystal and carapils with hop additions typically at 60 then a bunch at <20. I've also tried FWH and Mash hopping.
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