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Old 01-21-2009, 01:15 AM   #1
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Has anyone had experience using only late hop additions to achieve a smoother round bitterness in your IPA or Pale Ales? I am thinking of doing the 777 Rye IPA again, and the only complaint I ever had on it was the sharpness of the bitterness. I remember a pod cast that talked about late hopping to achieve the same IBU, and getting a smoother rounder beer. Any one? Buehler?
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:04 AM   #2
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Interesting idea. Have you ever had any IPA's that you like? Maybe they are not for you. I would also say to make sure you give an IPA plenty of time in the keg or bottle. I have a IIPA that was unbearable at 4 weeks, now 10-12 (maybe more to lazy to get the log out) the malt is coming through nice.

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Old 01-21-2009, 02:11 AM   #3
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Yes, I used that technique in a hoppy red ale that I put together to get the taste for a new hop that I got. It was a good beer, I can't really say it was a rounder bitterness than any other beer I have ever made, but it was good.

But, anyway, you should do it. Do it now.

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Old 01-21-2009, 02:16 AM   #4
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I did an IPA with 7.5 oz of hops after 30 minutes and a 2.5 oz dry hop. I made sure the beer finished dry (OG: 1.071; FG: 1.009) so that the hops would shine through. It was plenty hoppy with lots of flavor and plenty of bitterness.

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Old 01-21-2009, 03:00 AM   #5
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If you've got a thousand #s of hops, go for it! I've gotten GREAT results with late-hopped IPAs. That being said, I'd say use a bit of high alpha hops for bittering (maybe 1/2 IBU's), then make up the difference with late (<15 min) additions of your favorite hop. Also, look into firs wort hopping. Havn't tried it yet, but it sounds delicious!

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Old 01-21-2009, 03:03 PM   #6
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How hard is your water? I have hard water and once I started to address that the bittereness of my beers smoothed out considerably.
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