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Old 02-24-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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I am fairly new to brewing and this is the first time I've looked to change the recipe from my homebrew store. I'm trying to make a single hop imperial ipa with citra hops. I am planning on doing a full boil. I expanded on the recipe that the homebrew store gave me and I just wanted to see if I'm on the right track.

Grains
0.75 lbs. Munich Malt
0.50 lbs. crystal 40
0.25 lbs. carapils
0.25lbs. Wheat malt
6.00 lbs. light DME
2.00 lbs. amber DME
1.00 lbs. corn sugar

Hops
.25oz citra (13.2) - 60 mins
2.00 oz citra - 30 mins
1.50 oz citra - 15 mins
0.75 oz citra - 5 mins
1.50 oz citra - dry hop

Yeast
White labs WLP001 - California ale

OG - 1.087
FG - 1.020
ABV - 8.78
IBU - 99.4
SRM - 10.0

Does anyone have any suggestions to help?

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Old 02-25-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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Get rid of the 30 minute addition. Add more to 60 and the rest at flameout

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Old 02-25-2013, 09:39 PM   #3
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Get rid of the 30 minute addition. Add more to 60 and the rest at flameout
I'm new to brewing as well. What makes you say toss the 30 min add?
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:42 PM   #4
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I'm new to brewing as well. What makes you say toss the 30 min add?
It isn't long enough for bittering, but too long to preserve the excellent aroma of Citra.
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I personally would go something like this:

.25oz citra (13.2) - 60 mins
1.25 oz citra - 20 mins
1.00 oz citra - 10 mins
1.00 oz citra - 5 mins
1.00 oz citra - flame out
1.50 oz citra - dry hop

I like less bitter and more flavor/aroma in my beers. Take some from the late and add to the 60 min if you want more bitter but honestly, as stated above, I would use some other hops for bittering and not waste the amazing citra!

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Or -- do an ounce at 15, an ounce at five, two at flame-out, and do a hop stand!

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It isn't long enough for bittering, but too long to preserve the excellent aroma of Citra.
Why do ales like the 90 min IPA from dogfish use continuous hop additions? Any advantage to that over early +late adds?
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Why do ales like the 90 min IPA from dogfish use continuous hop additions? Any advantage to that over early +late adds?
Well, Dogfish Head does some strange things.

I believe that they are trying to extract every nuance possible out of hops, which is why they are doing basically non-stop additions on their xx-minute IPAs.

Early and late hop additions do different things. Early additions impart the bitterness or astringency you can feel on your tongue. Later additions let those aromas that you smell when you rub the hops in your hands stay in the beer. Those aromas are driven off when you boil the hops longer than about 20 minutes.

All that being said, most homebrewers would be reluctant to use the amount of hops it would take to do a continuous addition like DFH does in those IPAs.
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try a 30-45 minute hop steep post boil--read about it in BYO this month

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If that's all the hops you have to work with, I would scale back to IPA strength. For instance, the popular Zombie Dust (6.5%) clone recipe here has ~8 oz of Citra hops alone, and you're two short of that trying to go for IIPA strength. I think you'll be severely underwhelmed and do a disservice to the Citra. Drop the Amber extra (most likely has crystal already in it), drop the crystal - they're both going to be working against you to bring out the hop profile.

For a good IIPA (from a stylistic standpoint) you're going to want around 12-16 oz of total hops.

As others have said, you'll need more bittering - IPA or IIPA. I'd try to get my hands on some Magnum or other clean bittering hop for this purpose.

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