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Old 06-21-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Default Critique THIS IPA Recipe. . . if you can!

I am brewing 10 gallons of IPA this Saturday. I am debating subbing a potion of the Maris Otter for sugar to dry and thin out the beer a bit. I also have never used Honey Malt so i am subbing a portion of the Crystal with it. I do have some Carafa III for color if necessary, but the beer seems within SRM range. I do like a coppery IPA opposed o a yellow one though . . .(neither here nor there, I actually like a good tasting, sharp IPA)

I am also debating reducing some of the Citra additons in the boil and subbing Bravo or Columbus and leaving the Citra strictly for dry hopping.

What are your thoughts?

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Old 06-21-2013, 10:43 AM   #2
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Why not add additional Citra and Columbus for dry hop?
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Instead of adding sugar, I would just mash lower. I love the flavor of MO, and I would hate to have that diluted in my brew (were this my brew).

I'm also a huge believer in the First Wort Hopping method as well as lots of late hop additions (which you have obviously). Personally, I would FWH instead of doing a 60 minute addition. You'll get a smoother bitterness if you do.

Otherwise, that looks good to me. Let us know how it comes out.
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:28 PM   #4
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There's not much difference between 2-row and Maris Otter. You could replace all of your 2-row with Maris Otter to maximize the slight additional biscuitiness.

And I'll second PistolsAtDawn - mash lower rather than adding sugar. This isn't a really big, chewy beer that you've loaded up with Crystal malt.

Looks good. Post your results.
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Instead of adding sugar, I would just mash lower. I love the flavor of MO, and I would hate to have that diluted in my brew (were this my brew).

I'm also a huge believer in the First Wort Hopping method as well as lots of late hop additions (which you have obviously). Personally, I would FWH instead of doing a 60 minute addition. You'll get a smoother bitterness if you do.

Otherwise, that looks good to me. Let us know how it comes out.
I have FWH only once before, but the results were good. FWIW, my whirlpool is usually running by the last 15 minutes of the boil, so glamour additions will be a sort of a hop steep for about 20-30 minutes. It is supposed to be in thf tripple digits here tomorrow so chilling will be slow.
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I 2nd that dry hops suggestion...

I've never mixed citra and ctz, but I LOVE both of those as dry hops
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Looks good - but I second (third, maybe) the suggestion about avoid the use of the sugar. My experience with San Diego Super Yeast produced a drier and more alcoholic beer than I expected (the FG was about .006 lower than expected; it's a beast). I'd also use the FWH - it produces a subtle bitterness that provides a good foundation for the beer, rather than punching you in the face at the first sip.

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