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Old 06-02-2011, 09:51 PM   #1
Jan 2011
Umea, Swden
Posts: 3

Hi all,
This is my first post here, looking for some advice. I've been thinking about brewing a low-ABV hoppy session beer. I want something below 4% ABV but with a good amount of hops in there.

I've put together a recipe but since I've mostly brewed higher OG beers and don't really have good feeling for how to balance the hops at these lower OGs so I'd welcome some advice and ideas.

BTW, sorry about being all metric. I'm still on a primitive brewing program and can't convert units. Really Looking forward to getting the new Mac Beersmith in a few weeks!

Session hops
Style: American Pale Ale?
Batch: 20.00L Partial Mash

Recipe Gravity: 1.037 OG
Recipe Bitterness: 44 IBU
Recipe Color: 10∞ SRM
Estimated FG: 1.009
Alcohol by Volume: 3.6%
Alcohol by Weight: 2.8%

British crystal 50-60L 0.25 kg, Grain, Mashed
Flaked oats 0.25 kg, Adjunct, Mashed
German Munich 0.25 kg, Grain, Extract
German pilsener 1.75 kg, Grain, Extract

Simcoe 15.00 g, Pellet, 60 minutes
Centennial 20.00 g, Pellet, 10 minutes
Citra 50.00 g, Pellet, 5 minutes
Nelson Sauvin 50.00 g, Pellet, 0 minutes

US-05 11 gram
Ferment at 19C, 66F

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Old 06-03-2011, 01:02 AM   #2
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Jan 2011
collingswood, nj
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This should help. Inuse this a lot to help me figure out recipes.

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Old 06-03-2011, 07:35 AM   #3
Jan 2011
Umea, Swden
Posts: 3

Thanks! So I'm a bit high on the IBUs according to that chart.

The easiest thing to do would be to reduce the simcoe a bit. Another option which comes to mind would be to add a little bit of carapils and push the OG up a little to lower the utilization and improve the body and head a bit at the same time.

Any thoughts on this? Of course I could do both...

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