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Old 04-01-2012, 04:49 AM   #1
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Default Please critique my APA

Hey all. I'm planning on brewing an APA soon and I'd love some feedback on my current recipe before I get myself invested. My hope is to make a springy/summery pale ale that's light on body and strong on hops. The problem is I've never used any of these hops before (Pacific Gem, Nelson Sauvin, and Crystal), and I have no idea if my hopping schedule makes any sense. The intended goal is a smooth bitterness from the Gem as well as some fruity flavor/aroma, tropical fruitiness from the Nelson, and use the Crystal to complement the others and I don't know... make it classy or something.

Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: Extract

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 6.01 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.72 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 4.60 gal
Estimated OG: 1.051 SG
Estimated Color: 5.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 37.9 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 0.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 1 9.4 %
8.0 oz Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 2 6.3 %
12.0 oz Golden Light Dry Extract (4.0 SRM) Dry Extract 3 9.4 %
6 lbs Pilsner Liquid Extract (3.5 SRM) Extract 4 75.0 %
0.33 oz Pacific Gem [15.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 17.5 IBUs
0.50 oz Crystal [3.50 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 6 3.8 IBUs
0.33 oz Pacific Gem [15.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 7 10.6 IBUs
0.25 oz Nelson Sauvin [11.08 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 8 5.9 IBUs
0.50 oz Crystal [3.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 9 0.0 IBUs
0.33 oz Pacific Gem [15.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
0.25 oz Nelson Sauvin [11.08 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 11 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Denny's Favorite 50 (Wyeast #1450) Yeast 12 -
1.00 oz Crystal [3.50 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Nelson Sauvin [11.08 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Da Hop 14 0.0 IBUs


From what research I've done, it's my understanding that Pacific Gem and Nelson should be used with some restraint, so restraint I used. I'm still a little worried about the Gem being too much though. Any feedback, especially from those familiar with these hops, would be greatly appreciated.


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