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Old 04-25-2013, 12:43 AM   #1
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Default Citra Summer ale- suggestions?

I'm still new to home brewing. I've got 4 all grain batches done - one of which I cracked the first bottle last night. Drop top clone, looks and tastes just like the widmer brothers brew.
My current set up is 1 gallon batches for various reasons. One, I can't afford a larger stock pot and two it seriously takes my 1 1/3 gallon sparge about 20 minutes to heat up on my electric glass top stove

But I digress.
I want to try something inspired by the Brothers Citra Summer ale. I could use some suggestions.

I'm looking at this for grains:
92-93% American Pale 2 row
7-8% crystal 10l

As for hops, aside from dry hopping Citra hops, I could use some suggestions.
I still have magnum and simcoe left from the Drop top.
I know the Alchemy hops are a proprietary blend, but I'm just looking for a lower ibu summer ale.

I think I'll add a hint of Orange zest as well.

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Old 04-25-2013, 12:52 AM   #2
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Sounds like a great idea, ive been thinking of adding Citra at flameout for a lighter hybrid ale I wanna piece together. I've been thinking of going 1/4 oz of Columbus for 45 minutes cuz I hvae some left over. Post back what you decide to go with!


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I would use magnum for bitter, maybe throw .25 ounces in at 60, then .75 ounces at 40 if you want to lower bitterness, or just do .5 ounces at 60. Simcoe at 20, use the whole ounce. Then an ounce or two of citra at 0 & 2 ounces dry hop. I would also throw about 10% munich, or vienna at the grain bill. This is for a 5 gallon batch. I would not do orange zest, a lot of citra at 0 and dry hop well give you all the flavor you need.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:09 AM   #4
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For light summer beers, I really think the noble hops are underrated. You can get a nice, slightly spicy background for citrus hops to play off.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:38 AM   #5
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Ok to avoid confusion I'll convert to 5 gallon equivalence.
My original plan was to use 1/4oz of all 3 for the last 15. That would have been around 20 ibu I think.
But now I think I'll do:
1/4oz magnum for 60 and another 1/4 for 20
Then 1/2oz simcoe for 20
And 3/4oz Citra at the end, then 1.5oz to dry hop.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:27 AM   #6
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DO NOT use magnum as a flavor hop, it will taste like crap. If you are using magnum only use for bittering.
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DO NOT use magnum as a flavor hop, it will taste like crap. If you are using magnum only use for bittering.
I've never done it, but that's not what I've heard.
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Ok then I'll do 1/2 oz magnum for the full 60.
Add honey malt and special b and you've got drop top lol
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A different beer, but I do a Surly Abrasive clone and using citra and warrior and love it. FWH citra, bitter warrior, late addition citra, dry hop citra. Granted this was 120 IBU beer scaling it down to a summer would be nice. Hops go well together and brewing with golden promise as part of the base malt adds a nice sweet note to counter the acid citric taste of citra.
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Golden promise and the pale 2 row?


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