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Old 01-23-2012, 11:23 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

Recently I brewed a Brewers Best Imperial IPA kit recipe. I noted that it didn't call for any dry hopping whatsoever. Being that I like hoppy beers, I want your suggestions.

Here is the recipe,
6.6LB light DME
3LB golden DME
1LB caramel 80L
8OZ Victory
4 oz Carapils

Then they called for 2 oz (60 min)of bittering, 1 oz of flavoring (40 min), 1 oz of aroma(5 min) (all columbus pellets w/ 13.9%AA)

After a few weeks, I just transferred it to the secondary. It'll sit there for about 4-5 wks before bottling.

First, do you suggest a dry hopping?, if so, how long into the secondary?
Second, what's your thoughts on 1 oz of Citra or I have available 1 oz of Simcoe.

I do like hop heavy beers, and this one is planned to age for awhile. I tasted it on the transfer and it did taste quite nice and smooth. Just wondering if it's nice to hop it up a bit more.

Prost.

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Old 01-23-2012, 11:57 PM   #2
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dry hop with them both

you probably don't need to age it for too long - if it tastes good now, id say dry hop it for a week or so and bottle it up

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Old 01-24-2012, 05:14 PM   #3
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dry hop with them both

you probably don't need to age it for too long - if it tastes good now, id say dry hop it for a week or so and bottle it up
+1 to both. needs at least a 2oz dry hop for a IIPA.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:22 PM   #4
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Another vote for the dry hop. I'd go with the ounce of each if you have them laying around. I'd go 7-10 days on it.

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Old 01-24-2012, 09:08 PM   #5
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Just a note, if you're going with 'hoppy = high IBU' then dry-hopping isn't going to do anything for you. Dry hopping adds to the aroma only, no bittering. If you're going with 'hoppy = aroma' then I'd definitely go the dry hop route.

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dry-hopping adds to flavor too, not just aroma. right?

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dry-hopping adds to flavor too, not just aroma. right?
its pretty much just aroma, but alot of what you taste is based on aroma
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:58 AM   #8
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Thanks guys for all the advice.

Yeah, I know it's for aroma, and since I really like my hop smell and taste, I think I will take your advice and add both the simcoe and citra hops at 7-10 days left.

Like I stated in the first post, I was shocked the BB kit didn't have a dry hop addition. It will now.

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Old 01-27-2012, 01:17 AM   #9
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I wouldn't let it age too long. My experience is most hop forward beers are best when they are young. The hoppiness fades with time. I just popped my first bottle of a very hoppy IPA and it was 2 weeks primary, 1 week secondary and dry hop, and believe it or not 7 days in the bottle then 3 days on the fridge and it is awesome! Definitely do the dry hop.

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