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Old 09-23-2010, 02:13 AM   #1
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I just brewed my first batch ever, an IPA recipe kit from Brewer's Best (recipe in link below) and my only mistake I'm aware of was that I added the aroma hops toward the beginning of the boil, instead of at the last 5 minutes.

I left it in the primary fermenter for 13 days, then bottled. I drank one tonight and it was well-carbed and I was happy with the taste, but it just seemed more like a slightly sweet amber ale than a hoppy IPA. Will it start tasting like an IPA after conditioning for a few weeks?

P.S. It fermented at a very stable 70F and maintained that temp post-bottling.


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Old 09-23-2010, 02:18 AM   #2
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Probably not. Without the "late" hops which give it a hoppy flavor and aroma, you won't really have an IPA. I'd go ahead and call it an "amber" and make another IPA but be more careful with the hopping schedule on the next one.

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So you want a pale ale that tastes like grapefruit?

ha, sorry, couldn't resist!


Hard to tell from that recipe. All it says is 3.5oz bittering and 1oz aroma. Doesn't give specific type or AA%. It does say the recipe will give 45-49 IBUs, which is kind of on the lower end, esp if you are looking for the in your face bitterness.

I'd really suggest going away from the Brewers Best kits and either getting an extract kit directly from an online retailer like Austin Homebrew, or getting a recipe off of our database.

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Old 09-23-2010, 02:20 AM   #4
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So you want a pale ale that tastes like grapefruit?
i read on the internet that simcoe hops taste like grapefruit.



You've GOTTA have the late hop additions to make things taste hoppy. I agree with Yooper, just call it an amber and next time be sure the hops go in at the right time!!
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:40 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. There were cascade hops and columbus hops in the kit. I realized my error soon after I screwed up the hop schedule, I just wasn't sure if it would add more hop bitterness in the end or less.

It's still a solid amber ale, but I really prefer beers on the hoppier end of the spectrum, so will have to try again and won't use brewer's best.

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Old 09-23-2010, 02:45 AM   #6
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I also have my first IPA fermenting, and this thread has me a little concerned. The recipe called for a 90-minute boil with the following hop additions:

90 min = 1/2 oz Chinook
60 min = 1-3/4 oz Cascade

Both of those were listed as bittering hops, with no aroma or flavor hops. After 2 weeks in the primary, I will be transferring this to a secondary and adding the following dry hops:

1/3 oz Centennial
1/4 oz Cascade
1/4 oz Columbus
1/3 oz Amarillo

I guess what confuses me is that you guys are calling the bittering hops the "late" hops, but I've always considered them the "early" hops since they are added near the beginning of the boil. Then again, I'm a novice. Please enlighten me for future reference.

My understanding of dry-hopping is that its sole purpose is to add aroma to the beer, so that wouldn't really affect bitterness.

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I think you're OK - My aroma hops were supposed to be the "late hops" not the bittering hops, I correctly added the bittering hops early, but I added the aroma hops just after that, way too early so I had no "late hops".

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Ok so everyone is correct here about being strict about your hop schedule, it really makes all the difference.
But, I have heard of folks putting whole hops in a glass of brew to get more aroma/flavor in the glass. So, if you are that concerned about hoppiness you may look into doing that, even though that is the expensive labor intensive solution.

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You already stated your beer turned out tasty, even though it wasn't what you were shooting for, so record the recipe and procedure for future reference to make it again, and make the IPA you wanted on your next brewday or later.

As for a name I'm thinking... "Accidental Amber"?

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I guess what confuses me is that you guys are calling the bittering hops the "late" hops, but I've always considered them the "early" hops since they are added near the beginning of the boil. Then again, I'm a novice. Please enlighten me for future reference.
Late hops would refer to hops added with 5 minutes or less remaining in the boil. They are the ones that give big hop aroma, which is perceived as both aroma and flavor when drinking.
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I didn't read all the replies, but here is my IPA experience.

I made one with my father in law, all went well, and after 3 weeks in bottles we cracked it open. There was hops flavor but no bitterness, and a distinct honey note. It was REALLY good, but no IPA by my standards.

4 weeks later the honey note has almost disappeared and the hops are starting to come through strong. Is much more of an IPA, though pleasantly mild.

Thus, the general advice- give it time and check back!

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