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Old 08-05-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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I am readying to brew a 5 gallon batch of a brown/black IPA probably this evening. It's for a local tasting/event coming up in early sept.

My issue lies in that I am a big hop head. So I am looking at a pretty high (I think) hop profile, but I am afraid I am overdoing it and it will blow out the pallet.

I am planning on this for hops -
1 oz warrior @ 60
1 oz each Simcoe, citra, summit. @ 10 min
Same 1 oz ea at 5 min

I think this will add a huge and complex profile, but is it too huge? Should I cut back to a 1/2 oz each per addition?

My malts/ grains are-
2 lb Maris otter
1 lb special b
1 lb de bitter black
1 lb Munich
7 lbs. dark LME

Anyone with any suggestions or input will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Old 08-05-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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Instead of a 10min and 5min addition, I'd split it between a 10min, a flamout steep, and some dryhop. But it's all personal preference! And I didn't plug into software to see where the IBU's are at...


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Old 08-05-2012, 02:52 PM   #3
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My first thought would be to move the 5 minute addition to flameout. If you like hops, it sounds great to me.

You also have a "huge and complex" malt profile in there. Give us a report when it's done!

Have you made this or similar recipes before?

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Old 08-05-2012, 02:53 PM   #4
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What are the ibus coming out to?
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You're not overdoing it with the hops if you really love hops. I agree that dry hopping would help a lot, and I'd probably do what ChessRockwell suggests above.

Your malt looks like you've overdone the dark, though. Dark LME already has a lot of sweet and roasty flavors. I don't think Special B has a place in this recipe at all if you want the hops to shine through.
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Beer smith has the ibu's around 69-70.
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Beer smith ibu are around 70. Mainly from the warrior.
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Beer smith has ibu at about 70.

Brew tonight gives me 3+ weeks in primary then keg for a few days before the event.
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I'm getting 120 IBUs with an og of 1061 using brewpal and rager setting for hops.
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Sorry guys iPhone being a pain.

This is bordering on a black IIPA which I am happy with. May move to flameout as being suggested to increase the aroma a tad more.

I haven't done this recipe or similar before. I did a citrus red using citra that came out great. I stole this slightly from the alchemist/stone collab they did last winter. I LOVE the alchemist so trying to take a page from their book but not a direct clone by any means.


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