Hey guys, getting ready to brew my 2nd batch this weekend. The 1st one I did was a clone kit, but I'm itching to try my own thing now.
My goal is a citrus-y IPA with lots of grapefruit aroma and taste with a smooth bitterness at the end. I want it around 6.5% abv. My cousin is going to help me brew it, and it's going to be a tribute to the summers we spent growing up out on the lake at our grandparent's house in Florida.
Batch Size: 5.5gal - Full Boil (60 minutes)
Est. OG: 1.067
Est. FG: 1.017
Est. ABV: 6.5%
Amount Item Type % or IBU
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - Grain 8.97 %
6.00 lb Pale Liquid Extract 53.81 %
3.15 lb Pale Liquid Extract [Boil for 15 min] 28.25 %
1.00 lb Honey (1.0 SRM) - Add at Flame-out 8.97%
Hops: All are whole-leaf hops. I will use hop/grain bags.
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (60 min) Hops 29.6 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (15 min) Hops 14.7 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (10 min) Hops 9.1 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (5 min) Hops 3.2 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (1 min) Hops 1.1 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (Dry Hop 5 days)
Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale Liquid Packs
As you can see it is pretty heavy on the late hop additions to get the big aroma and flavor I want. Also, I added 1lbs of orange blossom honey to boost the abv, and dry out the mouth-feel a little in the finished beer, and it goes with the Florida theme. I was thinking about using honey for bottle conditioning as well.
The yeast is the same kind I used in my first batch and it worked well for me, so I'm going to use it again. Mr Malty calculator suggests using 2.6 packs (without a starter, which I won't have this time). I'm going to pitch 3 packs of it, would that be a problem?
This is a beer that I want to make several times. I plan to continually tweak it and make changes to improve it, and eventually convert it to all-grain when I make the jump.
Anything you guys see that doesn't look right, or I should consider adjusting?