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Old 10-26-2011, 12:54 PM   #1
Nov 2005
Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 98

Fellow HBTer's,

I'm planning to brew my first double IPA soon. I put together a recipe that I think will work well but I'm unsure on the hop schedule and the yeast strain. I haven't had good luck with IPAs in the past so I'm soliciting help with this recipe. Last IPA I made tasted like hop juice. I want a hop bomb but I want the malty backbone to come through too. Listed below is my recipe -- any suggestions from you hopheads would be appreciated. Also, is WLP007 (Dry English Ale) a good yeast to use for this type of beer? I've never used it before but I read user reviews on the White labs website and it sounds like it would be great. I want this beer to have some yeast character -- I think an English yeast can provide that whereas Cal Ale yeast is almost too clean. The English ale yeasts seem to leave a maltier flavor with some subtle esters that are tasty. Like I said though I'm new to this style (and AG brewing) and this is an expensive beer to make so I don't want to screw it up so any suggestions would be great.


Matt M.

Matt's Awesome IPA

Style: Imperial IPA OG: 1.090

Type: All Grain FG: 1.023

Rating: 4.0 ABV: 8.78 %

Calories: 294 IBU's: 118.93

Efficiency: 70 % Boil Size: 6.50 Gal

Color: 6.9 SRM Batch Size: 5.00 Gal

Boil Time: 90 minutes

Fermentation Steps
Name Days / Temp
Primary 21 days @ 66.0F
Bottle/Keg 7 days @ 38.0F

Grains & Adjuncts
Amount Percentage
Name Time Gravity
14.50 lbs 82.86 %
Rahr 2-Row 90 mins 1.035
1.00 lbs 5.71 %
Wheat, Torrified 90 mins 1.036
1.00 lbs 5.71 %
Briess Caramel 20L 90 mins 1.034
1.00 lbs 5.71 %
Corn Sugar (Dextrose) 60 mins 1.046

Amount IBU's
Name Time AA %
1.00 ozs 35.65
Magnum 60 mins 13.10
1.00 ozs 32.73
Magnum 45 mins 13.10
1.00 ozs 29.08
Columbus (Tomahawk) 30 mins 13.90
1.50 ozs 7.40
Cascade 10 mins 5.00
1.00 ozs 6.30
Sorachi Ace 5 mins 11.60
1.00 ozs 5.59
Amarillo Gold 5 mins 10.30
1.00 ozs 1.43
Simcoe 1 mins 12.20
1.00 ozs 0.75
Cascade 1 mins 6.40

Amount Name Laboratory / ID
1.0 pkg Dry English Ale White Labs 0007

Amount Name Time Stage
1.00 oz Whirlfloc Tablet 15 mins Boil
1.00 oz Yeast Nutrient 15 mins Boil

Mash Profile
Sacch' Rest 60 min @ 152.0F
Add 24.75 qt ( 1.50 qt/lb ) water @ 167.4F
Mashout 10 min @ 170.0F
Heat to 170.0F over 2 mins

Amount Type Beer Temp CO2 Vols
26.2 psi Force Carbonation 38.0F 2.20


Hop bomb with malty backbone and delicious English yeast character

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Old 10-26-2011, 01:00 PM   #2
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West Chicago 'Burbs, IL
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Looks pretty good. The 007 will be a great choice for this beer - it is quite attenuative, but still leaves enough malty character with a hint of English-style esters. I think you'll enjoy it. I personally dislike 001/1056/S-05 because it attenuates too much in my hands. Just make sure you're making a proper starter.

The only thing I would change up is the 45 minute hop addition - it's really not going to do much (IMO) - you could move it down to 30 minutes and save the Columbus for a later addition to increase the hop aroma/flavor.

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Old 10-26-2011, 01:50 PM   #3
Jul 2010
SE PA, Pennsylvania
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That looks tasty to me. Love the finishing hops there. I would recommend dry hopping as well, perhaps 1 oz cascade, .5 oz simcoe, .5 oz amarillo.

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Old 10-26-2011, 02:16 PM   #4
Oct 2010
milwaukee, wi
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looks mighty tasty.

are you going to make a yeast starter? very important for such a high gravity brew.

IMHO, i would sub in a little victory malt for the wheat. personally i'm not a fan of wheat in my DIPAs, but if you like it, go for it. victory malt adds a fuller mouthfeel and a richer malt character, almost biscuity if you add above five or six percent. avery maharaja is a good example of this. also, are you using pellet hops? you will probably lose a lot of wort in your boil kettle with that many hops. personally, i would up your batch size to 5.5 gallons or 6.0 to actually get five gallons in your fermenter.

looks awesome, i love a good DIPA, and your recipe should give ya that. cheers.
primary: -one-shot IPA; -dogs of war DIPA; -utmost corner DIPA
kegged: -flattering glass west coast american amber ale; -dogs of war DIPA (5); -brown in hue double brown ale
bottled: -dogs of war DIPA (4); -all-simcoe one-shot IPA; -with mirth imperial red ale; -one-shot IPA (3); -gambold robust christmas porter

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