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Old 07-15-2010, 07:51 PM   #11
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I have been drinking a lot of it lately, and it has a very citrus/grapefruit aroma to it. My thought was that meant Simcoe or Cascade or a combo of both for the late additions and dry hop. Thoughts?

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Old 07-15-2010, 08:42 PM   #12
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If you are getting a bit citrus aroma, then I would add the Goldings as the flavor additions (15 min) and then use the simcoe as the dryhop addition. Cascade could be used as the dry hop, but it doesn't quite have the aroma punch when compared to Simcoe.

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Old 07-15-2010, 08:59 PM   #13
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This was just a quick shot in the dark for hop schedule. Any input is appreciated!

.5 oz Simcoe FWH (or Goldings instead of 15 min boil)
.75 oz Chinook 60 min
1 oz goldings 15 min
.5 oz Cascade 5 min
.5 oz Simcoe 0 min
1.5 oz Simcoe dry hop

The beer is not as bitter as the 420 in my opinion, so where on the IPA IBU scale should we shoot for if the range is 40-70 IBU? According to Beersmith, the above combo gets us to 59.4 IBU. If we bump up the chinook to 1oz, it puts it at 69 IBU.

So what do we think?

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Old 08-07-2010, 03:12 AM   #14
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Old 11-05-2010, 01:52 PM   #15
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I just got off the phone with Sweetwater Brewery and they told me that they use Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe and US Goldings hops in the IPA. Any idea in what order we would do that? (I asked and she wouldn't give any more info)

Good to know. I didn't see any of that info on their website. I'm still searching for a good clone recipe. The hop profile of what I've seen is all over the board. Has anyone nailed it yet?
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:45 AM   #16
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I was in Atlanta in December and tried Sweetwater's IPA. It is an easy drinking IPA and I enjoyed quite a few one evening. Anyway, to get the grapefruit aroma there is only one hop that can produce it - Chinook.

So, I made a clone. 6.5% ABV and 62 IBU. I hit everything I was looking for. The grapefruit aroma, the sweet initial taste. But I missed the hop punch at the end. I needed more bitterness. I've tweaked the recipe to 75 IBU. I have not made this one yet (will try again in April). The recipe is:

Batch Size: 5.5 gallons
Boil Volume: 6.5 gallons
Boil Time: 60 minutes
OG: 1.065
FG: 1.016
ABV: 6.5%
Color: 9.4 SRM
IBU: 75.1

12.5 lbs. Pale Malt(US) 2.0 SRM
0.63 lb. Crystal Malt - 80L
0.50 Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)
0.50 Wheat Malt (2.0 SRM)
1.60 oz. Simcoe (12.4%) 60 minutes
2.00 oz. Amarillo Gold (7.2%) 15 minutes
1.00 oz. Chinook (13%) 0 minutes
2.00 oz. Chinook (13%) Dry Hop
1.00 tsp. Irish Moss 15 minutes
1 Pkg. American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056)

Single Infusion Mash at 152 degrees F

I think this will get you there.

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Old 02-17-2011, 04:20 PM   #17
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Quick question. I have grain bag lined up for a brew similar to the Coldwater 420. However, yesterday I spent some time at Sweetwater Grill in the ATL airport drinking the 6.9% ABV IPA and wishing my grain bag had slightly different contents.

Contents:

7 1/2# Pale Ale
1 1/2# Vienna
1 1/2# Munich
1/2# Carapils
3 oz. Caramunich

What would you add to this current mix to yield a brew closer to the IPA than the 420? Would you save this for later and go to the LHBS and start over?

Thoughts?

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Old 02-17-2011, 04:28 PM   #18
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nealf,
Thanks for the quick reply. I ended up following the Brewsmith volume numbers and draining after each sparge. I came out just at the volume Brewsmith stated, 6.5 gallons!

I got the Sweetwater recipe from the recipe section here. This is the grain bill and hop schedule (yes, all Simcoe):

10.5 lbs 2 row
1.0 lbs Munich
0.5 lbs Crystal 80
0.5 lbs Wheat Malt

.5 oz Simcoe FWH
.5 oz Simcoe 60 min
.5 oz Simcoe 30 min
.5 oz Simcoe 15 min
.5 oz Simcoe 10 min
1.5 oz Simcoe Dry Hop

I'm using S-04 yeast

I had Sweetwater IPA for the first time when I visited family in North Carolina and loved it. I hope this turns out well.

How did this turn out? I'd also guess that its 100% Simcoe for the hops. I went on the Sweetwater tour this past weekend and they pretty much said "simcoe simcoe simcoe" and didn't mention anything else in this brew.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:46 PM   #19
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Ok Guys I am making an adjustment to my recipe (see below)

Batch Size: 5.5 gallons
Boil Volume: 6.5 gallons
Boil Time: 60 minutes
OG: 1.065
FG: 1.016
ABV: 6.5%
Color: 9.4 SRM
IBU: 75.1

12.5 lbs. Pale Malt(US) 2.0 SRM
0.63 lb. Crystal Malt - 80L
0.50 Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)
0.50 Wheat Malt (2.0 SRM)
1.70 oz. Simcoe (12.4%) 60 minutes (61.5 IBU)
1.30 oz. Amarillo Gold (7.2%) 15 minutes (13.6 IBU)
1.00 oz. Chinook (13%) 0 minutes
2.00 oz. Chinook (13%) Dry Hop
1.00 tsp. Irish Moss 15 minutes
1 Pkg. American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056)

Single Infusion Mash at 152 degrees F

I am going to make this beer this weekend. I will let you know in a couple of weeks.

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Old 02-17-2011, 06:10 PM   #20
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rdharris55 - Assuming a 5.5g batch and 70% efficiency my thoughts are to do the following:

Bump your Pale Malt to 10.0 lbs (will increase your SG)
Add 0.50 lb Crystal Malt - 40L (color, body, head retention)

Look at my last post and use the same or similar hop profile. You should end up with a color about 9.0 SRM or so, alcohol in the 6.5% range and hoppiness as I discuss in my recipe. I still contend to others posting here that you need Chinook to get the Grapefruit aroma. The Simcoe and Amarillo are spot on. If you want to try a great variation on my recipe, replace half the 15 min flavor hop addition with Citra for a nice stone fruit taste.

Good luck.

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