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Old 10-02-2012, 02:03 AM   #1
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This is my first time designing a recipe... I've been trying to read as much as possible, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!!


Batch size 10 gallons, boil size 13.4 (keggle)

22lbs Pale Malt (US 2 row)
12 oz Crystal 40l
4 oz Crystal 20l
8 oz Biscuit Malt

Mash 60 mins (with 8g of gypsum) at 152 degrees, mash out and fly sparge

1.5oz Warrior 60 min
1oz Simcoe 30 min
.5oz Ahtanum 15 min
.5oz Cascade 10 min
.5oz Chinook 5 min
1 oz Ahtanum 0min

Irish moss at 15 min

Dry hop with 1oz each of Ahtanum, Simcoe, Chinook

Ferment 1 week primary, up to 3 weeks secondary (keg and force carbonate)

Hops are what I need the most help with... I have a pretty decent understanding of how they work in the schedule, but I need more help with flavor pairing than anything else. Thanks!!!
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Hops are what I need the most help with... I have a pretty decent understanding of how they work in the schedule, but I need more help with flavor pairing than anything else. Thanks!!!
Ok, but of course I have to ask some other questions! Like, why the gypsum and when are you adding it? 8 grams of gypsum is a lot.

For hopping, I'd keep the basics but change it up a tad (more hops, later):

1.5oz warrior 60 min
2oz Simcoe 15 min
2oz Ahtanum 10 min
2oz Cascade 5 min
1oz Chinook 1 min
2 oz Ahtanum 0min

Dryhop as per recipe
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Ok, but of course I have to ask some other questions! Like, why the gypsum and when are you adding it? 8 grams of gypsum is a lot.

For hopping, I'd keep the basics but change it up a tad (more hops, later):

1.5oz warrior 60 min
2oz Simcoe 15 min
2oz Ahtanum 10 min
2oz Cascade 5 min
1oz Chinook 1 min
2 oz Ahtanum 0min

Dryhop as per recipe

Thanks for the quick response! I was shooting for about 2 tsp of gypsum in the mash. The water in Rochester/Buffalo is pretty good, but I heard from another home brewer that he adds about 8g of gypsum to harden the water.

Thanks for the other changes too. I like a very citrusy/floral IPA, and I figured these hops would help me get that flavor I'm looking for. Any other changes are appreciated, thanks again!
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Actually, 2 more questions. Since I'm fermenting in two 5-gallon carboys, do I do 3oz of hops in each carboy for dry hopping?

I also want to use oak chips in one of them... Do I do that separately from dry hopping? Oak it for one day and then transfer to another carboy where I dry hop it? Any order I should go on?

Lastly, If I want to age this In the carboy do I do it after dry hopping? Thanks!
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The amount of dry hops are up to you since this is your recipe. You could do three in each because it is a nice IPA or go cheap and do less. You want to dry hop right before you are ready to bottle or keg. For anywhere from 3-7 days total. And most IPAs can be drank sooner rather than later to make sure you get the hops in their peak so you don't need a ton of aging.

I don't really know much about oaking beers so I'll leave that one to someone else but honestly I think I would skip it for an IPA. That said, I don't see why you couldn't add them at the same time.
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I would go 1oz oak in each carboy for 10 days total, adding the hops at day 3 of that so you would have total contact time of 10 for oak and 7 for hops. For The amount of the hops I would suggest 3-4 ounces in each carboy. This will give you a noticeable oak character. I just got done with the Russian River Blind Pig recipe kit from MoreBeer and this is the process I followed. There was only 1oz of dry hop and that was not even close to enough hop character, it just tasted like an Oaked beer, very little hop presence. Good luck and be sure to let us know how it goes!
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Awesome thanks for the feedback everybody!
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Last question, anything I can do to darken the color a little bit? Beersmith is telling me it'll be pretty light, that's why I added a little crystal 40.
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Last question, anything I can do to darken the color a little bit? Beersmith is telling me it'll be pretty light, that's why I added a little crystal 40.
What's the projected color? IPAs are often pretty light in color, from 6 SRM up to 15 SRM. Some of my favorite IPAs are 6 SRM.
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What's the projected color? IPAs are often pretty light in color, from 6 SRM up to 15 SRM. Some of my favorite IPAs are 6 SRM.
I second that, light IPAs are better IMO
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