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Old 07-08-2011, 03:37 AM   #1
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Hey guys... First attempt at my own recipe so trying to put together a simple IPA. Extract with steeping grains. Any thoughts or suggestions

1 lb Crystal 75L Malt
9 lb Extra Pale Extract (LME)

2 oz Citra hops (60 mins)
1 oz Falconers Flight (15 mins)
1 oz Cascade (1 mins)
1 oz Cascade (dry hop)

Fermented with White Labs California Ale V WLP051

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Old 07-08-2011, 03:52 AM   #2
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Hey guys... First attempt at my own recipe so trying to put together a simple IPA. Extract with steeping grains. Any thoughts or suggestions

1 lb Crystal 75L Malt
9 lb Extra Pale Extract (LME)

2 oz Citra hops (60 mins)
1 oz Falconers Flight (15 mins)
1 oz Cascade (1 mins)
1 oz Cascade (dry hop)

Fermented with White Labs California Ale V WLP051
Looks very good just like it is, you could add a lb of Amber Malt extract for a little complexity, but other than that it looks like a SOLID IPA! You might also consider hop bursting, IE adding all your hops at the 30 min or less mark. You may have to up the amounts a bit, but i personally love what hop bursting brings to a beer.
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So that's hop bursting!? That's the hop schedule I came up with for my IPA,my 1st. I did 1.5 oz Columbus @ 25mins,counted down 8mins 30seconds. Then added 1.5oz Nugget,counted down 8:30 again. Then 1.5oz of whole leaf Cascade for remaining time to flame out.
I saved .5oz of each for dry hopping. That gives 6oz total! A certain member on the cooper's forum got a bit hacked at me for 1)wasting so much hops,since 2)bittering is @ 30 minutes on down with those hops. Guess I should've just told him to come here & study a bit.
Are we really that far up to the "cutting edge"? Apparently,we are. Geez,the flaming I take for new ideas. Well,some new,some new to me...even though I thought them up myself. I find that some have been done,& I didn't know the term used was what I happened to have done. Cool.
I got that amber color,lightly toasty sort of flavor,which I think is like DFH IPA's,by using 3lbs Munton's plain amber DME,& the cooper's OS Draught can. I can get either my Sunset Gold APA,or BuckIPA just by altering the hop profile. How's that for versatile?
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What are the advantages of hop bursting and how much more hops do you add. Dont plan on doing it this batch but maybe in the future.

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Looks solid. When are you planning on adding the LME? For hoppier beers, I like to add most of it late in the boil. Helps with hop utilization and keeps the LME from darkening the beer too much.

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Hop bursting give you a more mellow bitterness and is supposed to give you more aroma/flavor from the hops.

Have you calculated the ibus for your recipe? 2oz oc citra should get you pretty high I would think for as small of a beer as it is.

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I dont have the numbers on me now. But i was thinking bout cutting the citra down to maybe 1.5 oz and maybe using the extra .5oz for dry hopping. I was also going to do the LME preboil but a late addition looks promising as i believe beersmith had it coming up pretty dark for an IPA.

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The late add helps alot with that. Honestly, when I use LME, I usually use it along with DME and add all of the LME late. I usually do 4 gal boils for 5 gal batches, so every bit of utilization I can get helps. And the lighter, less caramel flavored beer is nice too.
I do agree that your beer looks pretty light for such a large volume. I'm sure it'll be very light in a glass!

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If i wanted to make it bigger what would be the best way. Just add more LME?

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