Originally Posted by brettwasbtd
Looks delicious! In your trial batches did you ever try to get the abv in the 3.5%-4% range? I am wanting to get somehting like this but less than 4%. I guess just upping the carapils or crystal malts for this?
Thanks! Let me know if you brew this or some variant. I actually brewed it last night because I'm down to my last keg. The hop schedule included simcoe, amarillo, and citra.
The lowest I have gotten this beer was 4.2%. I haven't tried to go lower. The problem with session IPA's is that the lower the ABV, the more unbalanced the beer is and the more important having grains other than 2-row is (to give it more complexity to combat the unbalance). So my first instinct is just to take this grain bill and reduce the 2-row to get the gravity you want (as opposed to just scaling everything back equally). That way, you have a larger percentage of the more specialty grains to help beef up the beer. You would also want to reduce the hops as well I would say. Also perhaps cutting the crystal back a little might be good to avoid undo sweetness.
I think mashing at a higher temp than typically recommended for IPA's helps this beer as well. It gives it a bit more body and mouthfeel.
Let me know what you come up with!