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sksmith66 08-04-2008 02:58 PM

Critique my first custom recipe (IIPA)
Slow Burn Imperial IPA
13.2 lbs. Plain Light Malt Extract
2 lb. Crushed Crystal Malt 60L quart capacity
1 lb. Crushed Victory
6 oz. Cascade Hops
1 oz. simcoe Hops
5 oz. Priming Sugar
1 11 gram package Nottingham Dry Yeast

estimated steeping efficency: 40%

expected OG: 1.106
expected FG: 1.015
expected ABV: 11.7%
expected IBU: 48
color: 38 HCU (~18 SRM)

1. Pour 3.5 gallons of clean water into brew kettle. Steep crushed grains @ 150 for 30 minutes.

2. Carefully remove the grain bag and sparge with 1.25 gallons of 170 water. allow all water to drain into the brewpot without squeezing.

3. Heat the brewpot water to boiling. Add 6.6 lbs of malt extract. Stir constantly until it returns to a boil.

4. Once pot is boiling follow the hopping Schedule Below
2 oz cascade at 60 min
1 oz cascade at 35 min
1 oz cascade at 25 min
1 oz cascade at 15 min
1 oz cascade at 5 min

5. with 20 minutes remaining in boil add the remainin 6.6 lbs of malt extract

6. cool wort to 70. transfer to primary and add yeast.

7. primary for no less than 2 weeks

8. secondary for no less than 2 weeks

9. Dry Hop with 1 oz. simcoe Hops for 7-14 days

Blender 08-04-2008 03:14 PM

I have no personal experience with a beer that big but I think at 48 IBU you are light. I would pump it up into the 60's as it would give a better balance.

Big10Seaner 08-04-2008 03:19 PM

48 IBUs is very light, especially for something that's 11+% ABV

The Pol 08-04-2008 03:38 PM

Wayyy too light on the hops, if the OG was closer to the 60 mark, it would be much more balanced.

Alamo_Beer 08-04-2008 03:40 PM

Yup for an IPA you'd want a 1:1 BU/GU ratio. Also, why not use some high AA% hops at the 60 min mark and save your cascades until later?

sksmith66 08-04-2008 04:35 PM

thanks. you guys have hit on my biggest fear with this beer. I was concerned with the relatively low IBU. I wanted to use centennial for the bittering hops at 60 minutes but my LHBS was out when I was in last time. Maybe I can go with 2oz Nugget or Chinook if they are still out of centennial. That would get me up to over 80 IBU.

thanks for your help.

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