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Old 02-18-2011, 04:08 PM   #31
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Redbone - no issues here. I just know that talking to the brewery, unless you are a beautiful Russian spy who can bed the Head Brewer, is almost always a waste of time. I swear they do more to throw you off the scent than to help. Now we need to nail the recipe.
I understand.

I guess it also depends on the brewery too. Some are more stingy with info than others. I've spoken with in person and emailed Linus Hall of Yazoo Brewing many times. With his help, I've managed to nail a Bavarian Hefe so good that I'd put it up against any. After all, they did win a Gold Medal with it in 2004. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazoo_Brewing_Company

OK.. enough tooting my own horn. Back to biznas. Cheers.
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:53 AM   #32
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Anyone have any luck with any of these? I was in TN last week and tried this and was very impressed. I would like to make something close.

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Old 06-15-2011, 01:14 AM   #33
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Per Sweetwater,
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe U.S. Golding
Dry Hops: Simcoe, U.S. Golding
IBU's: 61
Grain: 2 row, Munich, Wheat and C80

Hope that helps
I spoke with a Sweetwater rep at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and he told me the exact same hops. Even the hops that it is dry hopped with. It matches the above exactly.

I have the hops on order, now I need to determine how much and when to add them. I will also be doing this as an extract. Anyone want to take a shot at a recipe?????
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:33 PM   #34
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I don't know about the recipe, but I had a sixer of this last weekend and can tell you without question that Simcoe is the dominant flavor in this brew.

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Old 06-23-2011, 03:02 PM   #35
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Ok, I'll take a shot:

Assuming this grain bill:
10.5 lbs 2 row
1.0 lbs Munich
0.5 lbs Crystal 80
0.5 lbs Wheat Malt
And this hop schedule from info above:
1.25 oz Chinook 13% 60 min
2 oz Cascade 5.5% 15 min
1 oz US Golding 5% 1 min
1 oz Simcoe 13% 1 min
1 oz US Golding Dry Hop
1 oz Simcoe Dry Hop
I get:
OG: 1.067
IBU: 63
Color: 8 SRM
What do you think?

It's been quite some time since I've had SW IPA, but I drank it almost exclusively one summer when living in Chattanooga, love this brew and want to try a clone!

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I think I am going to give this recipe a shot. Can anyone help in converting it to extract? Does this hop schedule look good?
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:55 PM   #36
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I just brewed a 10 gallon batch from Brewmasters Warehouse recipes for American IPA called "The Grapefruit Bomb" and it is a spot on clone of Sweetwaters IPA. Only problem now is everyone is out of fresh whole Simco hops.

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Old 06-28-2011, 01:02 AM   #37
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I am going to give the following a go as an extract recipe. Thoughts?


Hops Used
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
1.25 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 48.3 IBUs
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 16.2 IBUs
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 1.0 min Hop 8 1.7 IBUs
1.00 oz Goldings, B.C. [5.00 %] - Boil 1.0 min Hop 7 0.6 IBUs
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 11 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Goldings, B.C. [5.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 10 0.0 IBUs


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Fermentables
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 1 5.3 %
5 lbs Pale Liquid Extract (3.0 SRM) Extract 2 52.6 %
3 lbs Amber Liquid Extract (12.5 SRM) Extract 3 31.6 %
1 lbs Wheat Liquid Extract (3.0 SRM) Extract 4 10.5 %

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Old 06-28-2011, 11:37 AM   #38
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jawilson20, I think the wheat ratio is too high. Did you look up the "The Grapefruit Bomb" recipe that farmerbrad mentions? It looks promising: http://www.brewmasterswarehouse.com/...ater-ipa-clone

If you do your hop schedule, it would be interesting to hear the outcome. I would think that Simcoe would be more dominant though.

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If I drop the wheat down to say .5lb should I bump the pale up by .5?

I did look at the grapefruit bomb recipe. I really want to try the variety of hops included in my schedule, as these varieties are what I have heard from multiple sources (Sweetwater included) . Quantities and timing can be changed if someone has a better idea. This is my first shot a non-kit recipe, so any and all advice is appreciated.

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Old 06-28-2011, 03:58 PM   #40
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If I drop the wheat down to say .5lb should I bump the pale up by .5?

I did look at the grapefruit bomb recipe. I really want to try the variety of hops included in my schedule, as these varieties are what I have heard from multiple sources (Sweetwater included) . Quantities and timing can be changed if someone has a better idea. This is my first shot a non-kit recipe, so any and all advice is appreciated.
Obviously everything I'm about to say is my opinions and what I'd do... Brewing is an art and you can't be told how to make your own art.
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Definitely if you decrease the wheat, you should increase something else to keep up the OG. I personally don't use wheat in my IPA's, but I would say that 10.5% for the Sweetwater IPA is too much if there is any in there at all.
As far as hops go, you aren't going to get much from Chinook except for bittering. The hop schedule looks fairly simplistic. You might want to mix it up a bit and get on a vigorous addition schedule a little chinook and simcoe additions all along the boil. Leaving cascade and BC goldings to the end. I'd dry-hop with simcoe and cascade... not goldings. Also, make sure you use BC Goldings and NOT East Kent. East Kent would be too earthy for this IPA.

I'm on a kick lately of single hop IPA's similar to the popular Citra IPA recipe. The thought of a single hop all along the boil is very interesting to me and I think it would really help me understand the characteristics of that one hop more than I would otherwise. I guess this is why the Grapefruit Bomb sounds so intersting to me.
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