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Old 06-01-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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So I went to the LHBS yesterday to get the ingredients for a brew day tomorrow. I'm still trying to learn how different ingredients taste, so I wanted to do an IPA with a basic grain profile and a single hop, which I had chosen to be Centennial. Well, they were almost out of Centennial hops , so I winged it and grabbed a little of this and a little of that. Here is the recipe I came up with. I call it Dumpster Fire IPA. Let me know if you have any opinions.

Batch Size: 5 gallons

Grains
11 lbs. Pale 2-row
1 lb. Crystal 40L

Mash at 154 F for 60 mins.
Sparge at 170 F.

Boil Schedule
1 oz Centennial - (60)
1 oz Chinook - (5)
1 oz Cascade - (5)
1 oz Liberty - (1)
1 oz Centennial - dry hop last 7 days of secondary

Yeast - Wyeast 1056

Fermentation - 1 wk primary, 2 wk secondary, 2 wk bottle condition

Plugged this all into iBrewmaster and it came back with an 1.059 OG, 5.76% ABV, and 58 IBU. What do you guys think?

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Old 06-01-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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I think you need some flavor hops around the 15 to 20 minute mark.

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Old 06-01-2012, 02:59 PM   #3
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I think you need some flavor hops around the 15 to 20 minute mark.
That's a good thought. If I move the cascade hops to the 15 minute mark that puts me at 65 IBU which is on the high end of where I was hoping for. I was shooting for 50-60 IBU.
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I always use a touch of honey malt in my pales and IPAs. It lends a slight sweetness, that balances with citrus hops. Just my personal tastes.....

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I always use a touch of honey malt in my pales and IPAs. It lends a slight sweetness, that balances with citrus hops. Just my personal tastes.....
What's a touch? Half a pound? Quarter pound?
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I think you need some flavor hops around the 15 to 20 minute mark.
I think he'll still get plenty of flavor at 5/0/DH... (isn't 75% of what we taste from our nose anyway?)

Hop oils are delicate & volatile...less boiling the better, IMO. I like the late additions. Actually, I'd bump all or a portion of the 5min Cascade to dry hop.
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Half a pound or less......What ever you add in honey malt, remove from the crystal to maintain the same weight in grain. Otherwise it will become an amber. My gut tells me 5 - 6 oz would be fine. I prefer a more complex malt profile in all my beers.

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I think he'll still get plenty of flavor at 5/0/DH... (isn't 75% of what we taste from our nose anyway?)

Hop oils are delicate & volatile...less boiling the better, IMO. I like the late additions. Actually, I'd bump all or a portion of the 5min Cascade to dry hop.
Interesting to hear the difference of opinion. I think I'm more in line with your thinking. I was looking for tons of flavor and aroma, but I don't want it to suck your tongue back into your head with bitterness.
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Half a pound or less......What ever you add in honey malt, remove from the crystal to maintain the same weight in grain. Otherwise it will become an amber. My gut tells me 5 - 6 oz would be fine. I prefer a more complex malt profile in all my beers.
Thanks for the advice. I already had my grain crushed and bagged at the LHBS, so I'll have to try this on the next go around. Remember my original intent was to focus on the centennial hops to learn the flavor, so I purposely went with a basic grain bill.
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If you can get it, Mikkeller sells single hopped IPAs. My home brew club did a tasting. We had 12 of the 16 available. Each beer was hopped with just one hop variety. It was interesting to taste the differences. It's a less expensive way to experiment with hops trying to determine which hop you like, however, brewing is fun.....

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