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Old 03-05-2013, 08:46 PM   #1
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I was wondering what do you guys do when you're creating a new recipe for an IPA? Specifically the amount of hops that are used.
Is it better to base it on calculated IBU's or to do it by ounces/grams?
It just seems that whenever I use a calculator like to hopville.com it calculates the IBU's to be 100-200+. That's just from doing a it by 1 ounce increments.

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Old 03-05-2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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With my experience even doing recipes I've made that are 200 IBU's they don't taste super hoppy or bitter.

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Old 03-05-2013, 08:54 PM   #3
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I just did a Pliny clone that beersmith calculated at 327 ibu. It's bitter but not that crazy. They say people can't really taste much more than 100 ibu anyway, don't quote me on that though

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Try studying a few recipes, especially ones you're familiar with. A recent IPA recipe I made has only 5 oz/ 5 gallons, with an OG of 1.079. It's just kegged but the hydro sample was quite hoppy. BeerSmith rated it at 121.7 IBU and 1.583 IBU/SG. Other recipes use 10oz and end up with similar numbers. It's all in timing of hop additions.

Anyway, reference a few recipes. Even if you haven't tried the specific beer you can still see a pattern in the quantity and types of hops used. As you and gcdowd have mentioned the generally accepted upper limit of IBU detectivity is around 100. Your personal tolerance may be different.

I guess my answer would be, the predicted numbers are great but they also make some assumptions (AA variance, hop utilization, etc). Keep that in mind and base recipes on your experience. Kyle

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