Thanks for the feedback. I haven't actually had a chance to brew with Amarillo yet because I've had some trouble finding it at my LHBS. Hopefully they have some in stock at my next visit.
Originally Posted by Biobrewer
I have made my CDA a few times, and I use Centennial and Amarillo in the kettle, and Amarillo dry hops. Turns out great every time.
Also, I would consider switching the chocolate to something like Carafa Special II. It looks like you have more of a brown ale type beer here.
Good point on the grain selection. Since this beer is meant to clean out excess specialty grains as much as anything, I guess I'll be making a brown ale!
How does this look for a hopping schedule:
first wort, 60+ mins, 0.75, Chinook, pellet, 13.0
boil, 20 mins, 0.5, Amarillo, pellet, 7.0
boil, 15 mins, 0.5, Amarillo, pellet, 7.0
boil, 5 mins, 0.25, Chinook, pellet, 13.0
dry hop, 7 days, 1.0, Amarillo, pellet, 7.0
dry hop, 5 days, 0.5, Sterling, pellet, 7.0
The OG is calculated at 1.047 and the IBUs are calculated at 39.4, for a BU:GU ratio of 0.83.
Do you think the Sterling will get lost in there, or will it come through enough to add a small amount of complexity to the aroma? Do you think that I need more Chinook (maybe an dry-hopped ounce) Also, any suggestions in case I can't get my hands on a couple ounces of Amarillo?