Im an extract kit brewer and most of the hops ive worked with so far have been cascade, so i decided to start trying simple ales to learn more about each hop. Was initially going to make an amarillo pale ale but at the last minute went to Citra. (wife heard the word fruity and coerced me.)
So Im working with:
6.6 lbs Golden light LME
1 lb caramel 20L
And I have 4 oz of Citra at 13.9aa, which is way more then the amarillo i planned this around. Man at the LHBS said try 1 oz at 60 and 1 oz at 30-15ish, but when i toss that into hopville it comes out WAY too bitter.
So I came up with
.5oz @ 5
1.5oz dry hop for 14 days
Gives me 5.9% and 36 IBU's, but would that be accurate cause i will be at a 3 1/2 gallon boil? I want it to fall into pale ale catagory yet i like my beer strong.
I want hop flavor and aroma, not bitter. I was thinking about bringing it down to a 30 minute boil, any opinion?
Also, i have nottingham and Saf 04 to work with.
Thanks in advanced, sorry it seems to jump all over the place, im supposed to be doing something else.....