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Old 03-16-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default Simcoe/Citra IPA recipe critique

Tell me what you think of this:

Batch size 5.00 Gal

11lb USA 2-Row Pale Malt
0.75lb Amber Malt
0.75lb Crystal 40L

Mash at 152 for 60 min, boil 60 min

0.5 oz Simcoe 13%AA 60 min
1 oz each Simcoe/Citra (12%AA) 15 min
1 oz each Simcoe/Citra 0 min

Dry hop 1 oz each Simcoe/Citra 14 days in primary after primary fermentation has finished.

Expected OG 1.065 and expected IBUs 63.7, color 8.4 SRM

Any thoughts? Different specialty grains? Different amounts? Different dry hop schedule? Cheers


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Old 03-16-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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Looks great, although in my experience 2 weeks is too long for dry hops. Anything after a 7-10 days and they start to impart sour notes to the beer.


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Old 03-16-2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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Great input, thank you. Just the type of critique I was looking for. I have never dry hopped before (and I wasn't planning on racking into secondary to do so as I only have a couple of fermenters right now).
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:43 PM   #4
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Maybe mash at a slightly higher temp to impart a little more body on your beer?maybe 154-155F This might take a little bit away from your abv% but might help towards a better finished beer.

I recently made a SMaSH pale ale recently and i wish i wouldve either mashed at a higher temp or deviated from the SM part and added maybe some carapils to help with the body and texture aspect of it. Great aroma and flavor but it feels a little thin.

Anyway try playing with the numbers and see what you come up with. Just a thought. Good luck
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:47 PM   #5
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Grist looks great. I recently did a 50/50 Simcoe/Centennial IPA. The Simcoe completely dominates. I would maybe do 40/60 Simcoe/Citra to give the Citra a chance to come though. Although I'm sure Citra is more pronounced than Centennial. I'm going to dial the simcoe back to 30% next batch, it's that dominant.

PS: its not like my IPA turned out poorly, its a great IPA but it was just a waste of Centennial.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:06 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies! AT-Jeff, do you happen to know the AA% of the Centennial you used?

I'm basing this recipe from a recipe my LHBS created called "Parchita IPA" (Parcha is the spanish name for 'passionfruit' so this would be a 'little passionfruit IPA" based on the fruity qualities of the hops). My recipe changes the grainbill slightly and moves the aroma hop additions later in the boil plus adds the dry hopping.

I know what Citra tastes and smells like but I'm not very familiar with Simcoe.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:14 PM   #7
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9.2% on the Centennial. 13.0% for the Simcoe. AA% shouldn't matter for the aroma though only bittering properties.

I'm sure you are about to be familar haha. Its mostly orange/tangerine. When used for bittering its has a pungent quality.

When you do brew it. Post your results, I'm interested.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:13 AM   #8
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depending on the source of your amber malt .75lb could easily dominate the beer

4-5oz is usually the predominant flavor for a bit when i've used it
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So a couple of votes for a great looking grain bill, and one warning about the amber... How does this sound?

11.25lb Pale Malt
0.5lb Crystal 40L
0.5lb Carapils

I'm interested in trying the Carapils for head retention. Is half a pound OK or should I use a little less and keep a bit of amber in the recipe? I only have a 5gal cooler so I can't add much more grain. Going to send my guy an email tonight with whatever recipe I decide on!
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The general guideline is up to a lb of Caramel malts in IPAs. The second grain bill will be a safer bet but I think that either would would produce a great beer. Do you like your IPAs on the maltier side? Also you could consider some sugar (table(sucrose), corn (dextrose), honey, or anything highly fermentable) to dry out the body. I like to throw 1lb of sucrose in (at high krausen) and usually end up with an FG of 1.010.

As for the carapils, you can use it if you want but the large amount of hops should provide plenty of head retention. If you do half a lb is a good amount.


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