Originally Posted by Kapoor
First off congratulations Mick!
Secondly I don't know if this is a stupid question, but what %AA where your hops in the original recipe posted for the Much Better Amber? Do you find that it makes much of a difference? Because I got some Cascade in the freezer that's 9.1% and I know this won't make much of a difference due to the timing of the additions, but what about the Centennial hops? I find that the hops supplied at my LHBS tend to be on the higher of the %AA.
I can't wait to try this recipe!
There are no stupid questions when it comes to brewing our own beer (unless you count the typical questions I get from my neighbors, Is it safe to drink? Can you make Budweisser or maybe Coors light?)
I use Centennial at 9.2% and Cascade at 5.5% this gives about 40 IBUs. Your 9.1 cascade will give 44 IBUs. This will also put it just outside the recommended IBU range for American ambers, which is ok. You could use the 9.1 casade and just add the first addition at 6-7 min and the second at 1-3 minutes.
Hope this answers your question.
I also do a version that is all cascade for lower IBUs for less hoppy drinkers.