Originally Posted by matthague
Can you direct me to a good IPA recipe?
There are plenty out there, look to see what fits your tastes. I know what hops I like, and I know when I like to add them (late), so I tinker with grain bills, which don't need to be too complicated.
Also, from reading your posts, it sounds like you are milling your own grain. Do you use a mill, or something else? That could be a big issue you have, if you aren't using an actual MILL to crush your grain. Banging it with a hammer or a rolling pin won't be that great long term at al.
Like you, I like to make my own recipes and play, but with that, I also understand what most of the grains taste like, not all of them, but majority of them.
Do you use a program like Beersmith? It'll help you if you like to make your own recipes, ideally if you are looking for a style of beer, such as an IPA on what keeps it in style. I don't really brew to style, but I use it as a guideline and try to stay close to it in most attributes.
For instance, it wouldn't say that adding 2# of Crystal would be bad, but you would find that adding special B would really toss the color off, which would be a heads up that the grain isn't something you want to use in a a traditional IPA. You added roughly 3 # of kilned sweet malt, and one that is dark, and very sweet, and generally used in very small amounts in darker roasty beers. You tossed that in a beer that should be all hops, and not sweet.
Try something simple; here's a grist I use for a basic IPA that turns out fine. I mix the hops up, use whatever you like the taste of, bitter it to like 60-80 IBU's and it can be as balanced as you'd like, or add more and make it more west coast styled and more hop forward than some other IPA's. I like to use Cascade, Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus.. any of those combos in this recipe would be great. Piney, Floral, Citrusy.
.75# Crystal 40
That'll would be roughly 1.060-1.065 depending on your volumes and efficiency. I get roughly 1.065 or so from it. Mash it at 152* to get a nice light to medium body from it.
Add hops at 60 minutes or First Wort, and then go from there. Add at 15min, 10min, 7min, 5min, 1min, and flame out/whirl pool. Dry hop it with 2 ounces of something and you'll have a nice hoppy, flavorful, neutral yet balanced grist that doesn't get in the way of the hops.