Originally Posted by climbdoof
I guess an Imperial ipa. I would like it to be hoppy and strong. Shooting for around 100 ibu and 9 % abv. But I really have know idea what I'm about to create!
WAY too much crystal (and probably extract) for an IIPA. Amber extract has crystal malt in it, too, so two pounds of crystal plus whatever is in the extract is more than twice what you need.
I'd also cut some of the extract and replace it with corn sugar.
I would definitely NOT boil 90 minutes! You'll carmelize and thicken the extract. I'd go with a 60 minute boil for proper hops utilization, add use only 3 pounds of extract in the boil if it's a 3 gallon boil.
I'd definitely cut down on the bittering hops. 4 ounces of chinook is more than excessive, and there isn't any need for it.
For an IPA and/or an IIPA, you need way more late hops. A hopping schedule like this:
1.5 ounces chinook (60 minutes) to get you to 50-70 IBUs (depending on the OG)
1 ounce chinook or cascade 15 minutes
1 ounce chinook or cascade 10 minutes
1 ounce chinook or cascade 5 minutes
1 ounce chinook or cascade 0 minutes
Dryhop 2 ounces chinook or cascade
For the malt, I'd suggest using DME rather than LME as you can buy "extra light" which I really like.
10 pounds DME
1 pound corn sugar
.5 pound crystal malt (any- I like 40L)
I don't have a brewing calculator on this notebook, but I'd run this through some software. For an IIPA, I'd target an OG of 1.080 with 80+ IBUs, 60 of which come from the bittering hops. For an IPA, I'd target an OG of 1.0
60 with IBUs of 60-65 total, 45 of which would come from the bittering hops.