5G IIPA Recipe Critique
Making this beer this weekend, thought I would post to see if I got any input... I want it pretty hoppy, and want to minimize any "cloying sweetness." (Thus the sugar addition.) Depending on what temp I mash this, and how well the yeast attenuates - this beer could go up to 9.0%. Any tips for keeping any "hot" alcohol flavors our of it?
Note 1 - this recipe started out as THIS ONE, just giving due credit, even though it is quite different.
Note 2 - we are making a "lot more" than 5G, but I scaled down the recipe in Beersmith to 5G size so it was easier to compare to other known recipes. Not looking for input on boil-off rate, volumes, etc.
Recipe: 5G All Grain - Imperial Nipples
Style: Imperial IPA
TYPE: All Grain
Boil Size: 7.0 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.5 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.080 SG
Estimated Color: 10.0 SRM
Estimated IBU: 112.1 IBUs - Bitterness Ratio 1.4
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 79.2 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes
Mash Temp 153
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
11 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (4.0 SRM) Grain 1 67.7 %
2 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (4.0 SRM) Grain 2 12.3 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 3 9.2 % (Note: in the 22G recipe, this is only 5.9% so something happened in the conversion)
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 3.1 %
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 5 3.1 %
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - First Wort 20.0 min Hop 6 11.5 IBUs
12.0 oz Sugar, Table (Sucrose) (1.0 SRM) Sugar 7 4.6 %
0.50 oz Magnum [14.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 8 21.9 IBUs
0.25 oz Warrior [15.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 9 11.7 IBUs
0.75 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 10 21.6 IBUs
0.50 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 11 15.6 IBUs
1.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 12 12.8 IBUs
1.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 13 17.0 IBUs
2.00 oz Citra [12.00 %] - Aroma Steep 0.0 min Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
2.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) Yeast 15
Will Dry hop with 3 or 4 oz with some combination of citra, simcoe, centennial, cascade, belma, etc (TBD)
153 Mash - 60 mins / 90 min Boil
Any observations, or ideas, share them.
For the grainbill, that's way too much crystal malt, even if it is "only" 5.9%, plus the carapils (also a cara- malt) of 3% plus the honey malt at 3%!
A better malt bill would be something like:
base malt (92%) (Some Munich in there, or maris otter would be good, as a character malt if desired)
corn sugar ( equaling about 1 pound per 5 gallons- about 3%?)
crystal malt (your choice, combined) no more than 5%
If you really want honey malt, use it in place of some of the crystal malt.
As far as "hot" flavors go, ferment on the cool side of the optimum fermentation temperature, and pitch plenty of yeast (consult mrmalty.com or yeastcalc for the amounts). That will prevent it from being boozy and/or hot.
As far as hopping, I'd leave out the warrior hops at 60 minutes as they aren't needed for IBUs. I'd move the other hops to later in the boil, and increase the amounts for lots of hops flavor and aroma.
Something like this:
.75 oz Magnum Boil 60.0 min (or to 50 IBUs with this addition)
1 oz Centennial 15 min
1 oz simcoe 10 minutes
1.5 oz cascade 5 minutes
1 oz centennial boil 1 minute
2 oz citra flame out
dryhop with plenty of hops
I agree with what Yooper said about your Crystal and Honey malt additions. You have WAY too much crystal in there. Personally, I try to keep crystal additions below 2% of my grist for IPA's. I would also ditch the Honey malt altogether but that's just because I don't like anything competing with the hops when I brew IPA's.
Your FWH addition with Cascade says 20 mins which doesn't make sense.
I would mash at 148-150 instead of 153. Especially since you say that you want it to be dry. As far as hot alcohol flavors go...MORE HOPS!!! Also heed Yooper's advice on fermentation temperature. While we're on the subject of hops, I would personally add more bittering addition hops with that high of a gravity to suit my personal preference. I would bump up the 60 min Magnum and Warrior additions to 1 oz each.
2 packets of S-05 is too much yeast IMO. Mr. Malty says you would only need 1.3 packets. You don't want to overpitch an IPA.
Other than that, everything looks legit.
I think any time Yooper comments on some kind of an IPA thread you can pretty much call it. That sounds great to me.
As far as the hot alcohol flavors go I always start any bigger beer towards the very bottom of the temp range and ramp it up later on to finish out.
Also, when you say leave out the warrior @60 minutes what do you mean by "they aren't needed for IBU'S?" Are you suggesting lowering overall bitterness for better balance?
i was leaning towards more bitterness too, but hooper advised lowering, so will have to think about it.
Will lower mash by 5 degrees - wanted to do so, but was "afraid" of coming out mid 9% (my brew partner prefers lower ABV beers.) now that I plan to remove some of the cara-malts, and lower the OG, I can get away with it.
Lastly, on the yeast, I have 6 packs of dry us-05 I will use for 22G, I just didn't want to "explain" that in the recipe. If I only use 1/2 the cara-malts like suggested, that will lower the OG enough that I could probably scale it down to 1 pkg per 5G. We use oxygen and have really good temp control. Think we will start fermentation at 62.
Thanks for the feedback
I guess I don't understand your FWH addition. Do you FWH and then remove those hops somehow after 20 mins?
I guess I'm in the minority that calculates the FWH addition as a full boil addition.
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