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Old 12-06-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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I bought a few kits of the Chinook IPA from NB on their Columbus Day sale and I wanted to make the beer a bit more interesting. I've made 2 of the 3 I bought, and liked them, but for the third, I was hoping to make a hoppier version. The recipe, as is, is more of a Pale Ale, not so much IPA. Reminds me of Sieera Nevada or something. Can anyone recommend a good hop compliment to the Chinook hops and make it more of an IPA? I'm pretty open to hop flavor profiles, but this one seems to need a bit more floral or even light citrus.

Per NB, recipe as follows:

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OG: 1.053

KIT INVENTORY:

SPECIALTY GRAIN
- 0.75 lbs Belgian Caramel Pils
- 0.25 lbs Briess Caramel 120

FERMENTABLES
- 6 lbs Pilsen malt syrup
- 1 lb Pilsen dry malt extract

HOPS & FLAVORINGS
- 1 oz Chinook (60 min)
- 0.5 oz Chinook (10 min)
- 0.5 oz Chinook (1 min)
- 1 oz Chinook (dry hop)
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Chinook is a bittering variety with aroma characteristics released in May, 1985. It was bred by crossing a Petham Golding with the USDA 63012 male.

A high alpha acid hop with a wonderful herbal, almost smoky character when used as an aromatic during the last few minutes of the boil when dry hoping. Excellent for hopping American-style Pale Ales, especially those brewed to higher gravities. (alpha acid: 12.0-14.0% / beta acid: 3.0-4.0%)

 
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:24 PM   #2
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Brew it as is. It's a great recipe and it sounds like a good way to better understand chinook for future brews since you dont sound real familar with it

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Old 12-06-2013, 04:29 PM   #3
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I just did a pale ale with chinook and citra and it turned out great. I kept the chinook as the bittering hop and then paired both for the later additions and dry hopping.

 
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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I bought a few kits of the Chinook IPA from NB on their Columbus Day sale and I wanted to make the beer a bit more interesting. I've made 2 of the 3 I bought, and liked them, but for the third, I was hoping to make a hoppier version. The recipe, as is, is more of a Pale Ale, not so much IPA. Reminds me of Sieera Nevada or something. Can anyone recommend a good hop compliment to the Chinook hops and make it more of an IPA? I'm pretty open to hop flavor profiles, but this one seems to need a bit more floral or even light citrus.

Per NB, recipe as follows:



Per BeerAdvocate:
Will the info on hops in this link help?
http://www.brew365.com/hop_substitution_chart.php

 
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:47 PM   #5
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Brew it as is. It's a great recipe and it sounds like a good way to better understand chinook for future brews since you dont sound real familar with it
I have 2 batches of this recipe on tap. Looking for something else. I admittedly have little experience in brewing, but dunno that a 3rd batch will do me as much good as exploring pairing options. But thanks for the input.

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I just did a pale ale with chinook and citra and it turned out great. I kept the chinook as the bittering hop and then paired both for the later additions and dry hopping.
I was thinking about that as I've heard it can be a good, strong IPA hop.

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Will the info on hops in this link help?
http://www.brew365.com/hop_substitution_chart.php
Definitely does, thanks!

 
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:49 PM   #6
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Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo all go well with Chinook.

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Old 12-06-2013, 04:53 PM   #7
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Simcoe also goes well with Chinook

 
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:51 PM   #8
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Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo all go well with Chinook.
My thoughts exactly.

I am brewing an IPA with Centennial and Chinook tomorrow.

 
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:25 PM   #9
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I think Columbus, simcoe, even cascade go pretty well with chinook.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:16 PM   #10
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I think Columbus, simcoe, even cascade go pretty well with chinook.
I really like Columbus and chinook together, my best IPAs have been that combo

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