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Old 01-12-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, so I'm thinking I'm going to go with an all Citra IPA to highlight it of course. This is going to be my second batch ever and my current morebeer IPA is only 1 week in primary, which will be bottled on Friday.

Here's what I have right now

Specialty Grains:
12 oz cyrstal 40L 7.9%
4.8 oz Biscuit Malt 3.1%

8.5lbs light LME 89% Added with 15 min left in the boil

2 oz Citra 60 min
1 oz Citra 15 min
1 oz Citra 5 min
1 oz Citra 0 min
3 oz Citra 7 days Dry Hop


Any suggestions are welcome! I'm hoping to improve this recipe I have. I'd like it to be hoppy and bitter, but balanced as well. Something that will be drinkable to those that aren't beer geeks like my friends and roommates

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Old 01-12-2013, 10:28 PM   #2
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I'd secondary you first batch for 2 weeks before bottling maybe dry hop during that period

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Old 01-12-2013, 10:34 PM   #3
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I'm not going to secondary my first batch because I don't think it's necessary. It's just a simple IPA recipe kit.

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Old 01-13-2013, 02:23 AM   #4
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Comments:

1) I don't think the biscuit will do anything in a steep. It needs to be mashed. It could result in some starches and make the beer a little cloudy.

2) Extract beers seem to end high. IPAs should attenuate well for my preference. I'd take out a lb of LME and replace it with plain sugar.

3) Hoping looks good. Citra is a scarce resource, you might think of using a different hop for the 60 minute addition.

4) 3 ozs dry hop is a lot. Might be too much for "those that aren't beer geeks like my friends and roommates"

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Old 01-13-2013, 02:32 AM   #5
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I would move or spilt the 2 oz. bittering Citra to the last 15-20 mins. I personally Just do not care fr Citra as a bittering hop.

If you're going to add a bittering additon, a little Centennial would be a good choice IMO. What yeast are you using?

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:19 AM   #6
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I'll take out the biscuit malt, 1 lb of DME and add 1 lb of sugar. I'm thinking about making this beer a bit tropical, which is why I was thinking about Citra. However, I'll probably add some other Hops in my hop additions.

One of my criteria is good balance, but I have no idea how to do so as I'm still a noob. It's ok that it'll be very bitter, but I'd like it to be balanced in hoppyness and maltiness like the Pliny that I recently tasted.

I was thinking

7.5lbs Light DME
1 lb table sugar

Specialty Grains
12 oz Crystal 40L
Should I add something else here???

Hops
2 oz bittering hops, 60 min. Still not sure but I'm thinking either columbus, centennial, or simcoe, or Amarillo... Something that'll fit the citrusy tropical notes.
1 oz Nelson Sauvin 15 min
.5 oz Citra 15 min
maybe .5 oz Galaxy 15 min
.5 oz Galaxy 10 min
.5 oz Citra 10 min
1 oz Citra 5 min
1 oz Amarillo 0 min

1 oz Citra Dry Hops
1 oz Galaxy Dry Hops

15 min, whirlfloc or irish moss??


I have no idea on what yeast I should use. I was thinking maybe safale us-05, Wyeast Forbidden Fruit 3463, or WLP001


Thanks everyone for the comment. Sorry for being such a noob at this. Only my second batch of beer ever.

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:48 PM   #7
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Tropicitra - Imperial IPA (14C)

OG 1.074 FG 1.018
ABV 7.2% Bitterness 183.1 IBU (Rager)
Color 8.5 srm (Morey) Calories (per 12 oz.) 244

Fermentables

Total grain: 8.625 lb
Name Type Amount Mashed Late Yield Color
Sugar, Table (Sucrose) Sugar 8.000 oz No Yes 100% 1.0 srm
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L Grain 12.000 oz Yes No 74% 40.0 srm
Honey Malt Grain 6.000 oz Yes No 80% 25.0 srm
Dry Extract (DME) - Extra Light Dry Extract 4.000 lb No Yes 95% 3.0 srm
Dry Extract (DME) - Extra Light Dry Extract 3.000 lb No No 95% 3.0 srm

Hops

Name Alpha Amount Use Time Form IBU
Magnum 13.5% 1.000 oz Boil 60.000 min Pellet 58.4
Citra 12% 1.000 oz Boil 60.000 min Pellet 51.9
Citra 12% 1.000 oz Boil 15.000 min Pellet 13.8
Nelson Sauvin 12.5% 1.000 oz Boil 10.000 min Pellet 11.7
Galaxy 13% 1.000 oz Boil 10.000 min Pellet 12.2
Nelson Sauvin 12.5% 1.000 oz Boil 5.000 min Pellet 10.0
Citra 12% 1.000 oz Boil 5.000 min Pellet 9.6
Citra 12% 1.000 oz Boil 0.000 s Pellet 8.6
Galaxy 13% 1.000 oz Dry Hop 7.000 day Pellet 0.0
Citra 12% 1.000 oz Dry Hop 7.000 day Pellet 0.0

10 hops total

Misc

Name Type Use Amount Time
Whirlfloc Fining Boil 1.000 tsp 15.000 min
Yeast

Name Type Form Amount Stage
WLP001 - California Ale Yeast Ale Liquid 2.367 tbsp Primary
WLP001 - California Ale Yeast Ale Liquid 2.367 tbsp Primary


This is what I formulated... Not sure if it'll be good or not.

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:44 PM   #8
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What sized batch is that?

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Old 01-13-2013, 10:34 PM   #9
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5 gallons

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:32 PM   #10
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Not a partial mash guy so don't know how much honey malt will come through. Basically just color probably. But the hop schedule looks great. I did a Nelson/Citra IIPA that I'm drinking now out the keg. Nottingham kicked its @ss and its awesome. Usually I use 05 or Cali for IPAs but was out.
Surprised by notty. The descriptions say crushed goose berry. (What the hell is a gooseberry) Along with tropical passion fruit and of course citrus. I get mango grapefruit citrus out of mine.

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