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Old 09-05-2009, 11:56 PM   #1
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I'm a big IPA fan. Now due to the hopping process, is this something I could try for my first brew?, or is this a bit advanced. Also, I want to use grain for my beer, not syrup or extract. I know that may be a bit much to start, but I'd rather do it properly and fail, then to take a short cut(?). Thanks and no offense to anyone's style.

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Old 09-05-2009, 11:59 PM   #2
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Hopping is probably the easiest part, especially if All Grain. For more info, you can start here: How to Brew - By John Palmer - Introduction

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Old 09-06-2009, 12:04 AM   #3
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IPAs are as easy to brew as anything. If you like big grapefruity IPAs, look up TheJadedDog's All Amarillo IPA recipe here. The original recipe is an extract recipe, but I posted an all-grain version in the thread. I've brewed both versions, and they're great.

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I take some small bowls, one for each addition I'm doing. I'll measure out each hop addition before I start and put a scrap of paper in the bowl with the time it needs to go into the boil. Then I nest the bowls in one big stack with the first hop addition on top and the last one on the bottle. As the boil goes along and it's time to add hops, I just take the next bowl from the top, throw the paper away and toss it in. Makes it really easy to keep track of. Especially if you do dumb, overcomplicated hop schedules like I come up with.

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I take some small bowls, one for each addition I'm doing. I'll measure out each hop addition before I start and put a scrap of paper in the bowl with the time it needs to go into the boil. Then I nest the bowls in one big stack with the first hop addition on top and the last one on the bottle. As the boil goes along and it's time to add hops, I just take the next bowl from the top, throw the paper away and toss it in. Makes it really easy to keep track of. Especially if you do dumb, overcomplicated hop schedules like I come up with.
I would probably throw the paper in the boil and toss the hops in the trash, I do dumb also
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I take some small bowls, one for each addition I'm doing.
+1 As do I, but print out my recipe which has all the additions and times.
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Yeah, the brew sheet from BeerSmith is great. Sometimes I print it out, but most of the time I have my laptop out on the deck while I'm brewing, and just leave the brew sheet onscreen.

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Oh, I always have the recipe hanging by a magnet on the range hood, right at eye level over the stove.

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In fact I printed out something called a Double Chocolate Oatmeal Snout today. Ring a bell??? lol OMG it looked delicious going into the primary.

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Double Chocolate Oatmeal Snout? Sounds a little exotic for my tastes.

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