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Old 09-26-2011, 08:42 PM   #11
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Holy cow thanks guys I'm glad I didn't just go ahead with this! Keep em coming I'm like a sponge

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Old 09-26-2011, 08:50 PM   #12
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Holy cow thanks guys I'm glad I didn't just go ahead with this! Keep em coming I'm like a sponge
Ok, then, you asked for it!

I mentioned starting with just three pounds of extract at the beginning. I'd add the rest of the extract at flame out, as to not screw up the hopping schedule. You can add it with 15 minutes left in the boil, though, before the flavor hops start. It'll stop the boil briefly, but you can start timing again once it comes to a boil. Since it's a LOT of extract (what? 9 more pounds?) adding it at the end makes more sense to me, as it'll take up a LOT of room in your pot! As a general rule, the more volume you can boil, the better the beer. A 4 gallon boil is preferable to a 1.5 gallon boil, for example. If you can boil 3 gallons and no more, then I'd definitely add the majority of the extract at the end of the boil.
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WAY too much crystal (and probably extract) for an IIPA. Amber extract has crystal malt in it, too, so two pounds of crystal plus whatever is in the extract is more than twice what you need.

I'd also cut some of the extract and replace it with corn sugar.

I would definitely NOT boil 90 minutes! You'll carmelize and thicken the extract. I'd go with a 60 minute boil for proper hops utilization, add use only 3 pounds of extract in the boil if it's a 3 gallon boil.

I'd definitely cut down on the bittering hops. 4 ounces of chinook is more than excessive, and there isn't any need for it.

For an IPA and/or an IIPA, you need way more late hops. A hopping schedule like this:

1.5 ounces chinook (60 minutes) to get you to 50-70 IBUs (depending on the OG)
1 ounce chinook or cascade 15 minutes
1 ounce chinook or cascade 10 minutes
1 ounce chinook or cascade 5 minutes
1 ounce chinook or cascade 0 minutes

Dryhop 2 ounces chinook or cascade

For the malt, I'd suggest using DME rather than LME as you can buy "extra light" which I really like.

10 pounds DME
1 pound corn sugar
.5 pound crystal malt (any- I like 40L)

I don't have a brewing calculator on this notebook, but I'd run this through some software. For an IIPA, I'd target an OG of 1.080 with 80+ IBUs, 60 of which come from the bittering hops. For an IPA, I'd target an OG of 1.0
60 with IBUs of 60-65 total, 45 of which would come from the bittering hops.
All my hops are pellets does that change you're recommended boil schedule?
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All my hops are pellets does that change you're recommended boil schedule?
No. The only changes I'd make would be based on your OG. If you're using 12 pounds of extract in a 5 gallon batch, you can expect an OG of 1.092 or so. That's pretty high, so I'd make sure to have enough bittering hops (70 IBUs here would be good) to balance the malt sweetness.
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