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Old 04-29-2009, 09:03 PM   #11
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I think the most effective method of analysis would involve you shipping out large quantities for taste testing.



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Old 04-29-2009, 09:06 PM   #12
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Sounds delicious if you ask me! The grapefruit flavor and aroma is something that I specifically shoot for in my IPAs and double IPAs.

If you're not a big fan of the citrus, stay away from Simcoe, Amarillo, and any of the big American "C-hops".

Most European hops have more of an earthy, sometimes spicy, flavor and aroma. Not unlike an English Bitter. Perhaps this is the flavor profile you like?



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Old 04-30-2009, 05:58 PM   #13
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Or perhaps acquire a taste for the grapefruit.
Many folks like the American IPA's specifically for the Pacific Northwest hops you have listed - (many are citrusy). Cascade is most prominently grapefruit-citrusy.

If it's too strongly grapefruit for you, try dry hopping with something else next time. Most online suppliers will list the profile of the hops so you can pick something more to your liking (and you can ship me what you've brewed!)
I'm OK with a citrus flavored IPA. I am just upset that there isn't any bitterness from the 14% AA Magnum to balance out the late hop additions & dry hop additions.
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:10 PM   #14
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Did you have any boil overs? I made a brown and had a slight boil over when I put the hops in, the beer lost a substantial amount of bitterness, because half the the hops landed on the floor. Other than that I have no idea why there is no bitterness. Bitterness normally mellows with time, so drinking it early it should be bitter. I'm perplexed? Maybe you have mutant beer that will increase it's bitterness over time!

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Old 05-01-2009, 12:43 AM   #15
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Did you have any boil overs? I made a brown and had a slight boil over when I put the hops in, the beer lost a substantial amount of bitterness, because half the the hops landed on the floor. Other than that I have no idea why there is no bitterness. Bitterness normally mellows with time, so drinking it early it should be bitter. I'm perplexed? Maybe you have mutant beer that will increase it's bitterness over time!
I had a very small boil over. But it wasn't that much....
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:20 AM   #16
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Did you have any boil overs? I made a brown and had a slight boil over when I put the hops in, the beer lost a substantial amount of bitterness, because half the the hops landed on the floor.

C'mon there's the 5 second rule!
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:30 AM   #17
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Keg or bottle?

If it is in a keg, you could consider adding a hop tea, but you'll have to use a lot of hops because to small volume of tea will only extract so much bitterness...Maybe someone with better hop utilization knowledge can jump in.

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Old 06-08-2009, 05:00 AM   #18
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Just to provide resolution to this issue this IPA is now on tap in my kegerator. It tastes great. The bitterness is defiantly there. I'm thinking that maybe I couldn't taste it before because it wasn't carbonated? I'm not sure. It's well rounded and I am pleased with the results. I guess I should have RDWAHHB rather than worried about it....

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Old 06-08-2009, 04:06 PM   #19
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Congrats!
Yes, with 2 oz of Magnum, you certainly should have some bitterness. One of my favorite recipes only uses 1 oz of Magnum for 60min and it's plenty bitter. One of the things about dryhopping is that the aroma and flavor are so strong initially that it may have masked the bitter you were looking for.

Glad it turned out how you like it.
Now go make another batch -

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With your FG is around 1.014, you may have more balance than bitter in your IPA. Also, +1 HG for noting the dry hop. I've noted that many people will mistake the floral and fruity aromas from heavily dry hopped beers as sweetness.



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