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Old 03-02-2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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Greetings,

I am putting together a DIPA recipe that I am going to brew within the next week. This will be my 4th ever batch, so I am currently limited to steeping grains/extract brewing. I am going for something very golden in color (not too reddish) and very citrusy, with a balanced bitterness. Aiming to reach ~8-9 % ABV.


Steeping Malts & malt extracts - I aim to use ~1-1.5 lbs of steeping grains before the boil. Any recommendations that work well in a DIPA? What malt extracts will work well to achieve a golden color in a DIPA? Amounts of LME or DME?

Hops - Simcoe (bittering, mid-boil, & dry hop) Amarillo (mid-boil and late-boil) Citra (late-boil and dry hop) I currently have 9 oz. of Citra, 9 oz. of Simcoe, and 6 oz. of Amarillo in my freezer. Any recommended incremental/total amounts to use of each? Best boiling schedule to follow?

Yeast - I am considering either White Labs California Ale yeast or White Labs Burton Ale yeast. Thoughts?

I am also considering adding a small amount of honey to the boil, probably 1 lb. I like the effect it has in Hopslam, but I would like to use much less to provide a "hint" of flavor, nothing overpowering or too sweet.

I am anticipating 7-10 days in primary, 5-7 days in secondary (w/ dry hops) @ 60-65 degrees F, and 2-3 weeks bottle conditioning.

Hopefully we can collaborate to creating something great! Thanks for help and input. Cheers!

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Old 03-03-2012, 02:33 AM   #2
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Alright, I'll start with the grain bill...

You want to get all your color from the grains, so I'd keep the extract as light as possible and go with something like this (for a 5 gallon batch):

8lbs extra light DME
8oz Caramel/Crystal 40L
8oz CaraPils
12oz dextrose (corn sugar)

Nice and simple, which is what you usually want with DIPA. This should yield about a 1.084 OG for an 8.4%ish beer @ 7SRM according to hopville's calculator. I'd use US-05 myself just because it's cheap, easy to use since it's a dry yeast, and ferments nice and clean. White labs california should be fine too if you feel like messing with a starter.
You could definitely replace the 12oz dextrose with honey if you like the honey idea, and I wouldn't worry about it adding much sweetness since all the sugars will ferment out. It should actually dry it out a little which I think is desirable in this style. Not sure how much honey would be equivalent, maybe a pound or so like you said. I'd add it at flamout or maybe even later on, after some fermentation is done...

As far as the hops, I think your choices and their placement sounds great! Unfortunately I don't have any personal experience with those hops other than what I've read (they're on my to buy list if I could ever find them cheap enough). Maybe someone else can chime in with an exact schedule, but it sounds to me like you've already got the right hops in the right places.

Just my $.02, hope it turns out well!

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don't use the simcoe for bittering, it's a waste of a great hop, IMO. save it all for late. use something like horizon or magnum to bitter, shoot for 80+ IBU from that addition. you could do a mid boil addition of simcoe to get some of those IBU, but aim high. use several ozs of simcoe and amarillo in the last 10-15 mins of the boil, including a big a$$ flameout shot that you let steep for 10+ mins before cooling, don't worry about the IBU late in the boil, just go for big hops flavor and aroma. dry hop with simcoe, amarillo, or both. you could do the citra, but it may be overshadowed by the simcoe/amarillo combo.

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I planning a DIPA for Tuesday. I'm going 2oz of Chinook at 60mins. After that I'm going for a DF 60 minute IPA approach. I'm doing 1/2oz Bravo, 1/2oz Citra, 1/2oz Cascade @ 30,25,20,15,5, flameout. Most likely will dry hop with Citra.

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Thx to all for input.

So far, I have assembled this --

6.6 lbs Breiss DME Golden Light
3 lbs light LME
8 oz caramel/crystal 40L
8 oz 2-row
4 oz CaraPils
8 oz dextrose
1 lb honey

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2 oz warrior (bittering @ 60 min)
1 oz simcoe @ 30 min
1 oz amarillo @ 30 min
.5 oz simcoe @ 15 min
.5 oz amarillo @ 15 min
.5 oz citra @ 15 min
.5 simcoe @ flameout
.5 amarillo @ flameout
.5 citra @ flameout
2 oz simcoe (dry hop - secondary)
2 oz citra (dry hop secondary)

White Labs California Ale Yeast

Does this sound like a successful recipe? Looking forward to my 1st DIPA!

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I would lose the 2-row unless you are actually calculating the small conversion you will get buy using it with the specialty grains during steepin. Honey is almost completely fermentable so 1.5lb of "sugar" might thin the beer out. What % is that of sugar? I wouldn't go over 10%.

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Thx to all for input.

So far, I have assembled this --

6.6 lbs Breiss DME Golden Light
3 lbs light LME
8 oz caramel/crystal 40L
8 oz 2-row
4 oz CaraPils
8 oz dextrose
1 lb honey


Hops -

2 oz warrior (bittering @ 60 min)
1 oz simcoe @ 30 min
1 oz amarillo @ 30 min
.5 oz simcoe @ 15 min
.5 oz amarillo @ 15 min
.5 oz citra @ 15 min
.5 simcoe @ flameout
.5 amarillo @ flameout
.5 citra @ flameout
2 oz simcoe (dry hop - secondary)
2 oz citra (dry hop secondary)

White Labs California Ale Yeast

Does this sound like a successful recipe? Looking forward to my 1st DIPA!
i agree, that's a lot of sugar. i'd keep it under 10% or a pound total, whichever is lowest, but that's just me. i'd also throw in a 5-10 min add of a half oz each of simcoe/amarillo.... you've got the hops, and you want this beer H-O-P-P-Y.
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6.6 lbs Breiss DME Golden Light
3 lbs light LME
6 oz caramel/crystal 40L
6 oz CaraPils
4 oz vienna malt
12 oz dextrose


Hops -

2 oz warrior (bittering @ 60 min)
1 oz simcoe @ 30 min
1 oz amarillo @ 30 min
.5 oz simcoe @ 15 min
.5 oz amarillo @ 15 min
.5 oz citra @ 15 min
.5 oz simcoe @ 7.5 min
.5 oz amarillo @ 7.5 min
.5 on citra @ 7.5 min
.5 simcoe @ flameout
1 amarillo @ flameout
.5 citra @ flameout
2.5 oz simcoe (dry hop - secondary)
2.5 oz citra (dry hop secondary)

White Labs California Ale Yeast


Thanks! I added some hops and switched the grain bill around a bit. I added a bit of Vienna Malt per a rec from a friend. Sound like it will be successful?

I have brewed one IPA before, which was a kit from a local brew supply store. It was very good, but not what I was looking for. I'm trying my best to learn about ingredient specifics, how they work, and how to get my ideas into the glass.

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i like the Vienna idea, i use Munich in a lot of IPAs and i think Vienna would be at least as good. steep it at in the 150s for 30 mins just like a specialty grain and it'll convert. i think that recipe looks solid as a brick $h!thouse. the simcoe/amarillo combo is golden, and that 3rd late addition in an IIPA is very beneficial, IMO. lets ya know it's a hoppy brew. remember to ferment on the cool side, and let temps warm up ~5 degrees as it slows down, that'll help dry it out and keep it extremely drinkable.

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I love me some DIPA.. Keep us up to date! I too am looking for a nice DIPA to try.

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