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cruckin78

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I was floating around the itnernet and came across this extract recipe. What do you guys think from looking at it?

Needs? Doesn't need? think it will be good?

I am interested in brewing a Black IPA


• 9.5 lbs. Light Malt Extract
• 5 oz. 55L English Crystal Malt
• 3 oz. 120L Crystal Malt
• 6 oz. Carafa Malt
• 2 oz. Roast Barley
• 1.0 oz. Zeus Hops...................60 minutes
• 1.0 oz. Zeus Hops...................20 minutes
• 0.5 oz. Citra Hops.................. 15 minutes
• 0.5 oz. Citra Hops...................10 minutes
• 0.5 oz. Citra Hops.....................5 minutes
• 0.5 oz. Citra Hops....................dry-hopped (7 days before bottling)
• Us a White Labs Dry English Ale or English Ale Yeast (WLP 002 or 007)
 

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Do you really like Citra hops alot? They have a very distinct tropical fruit character. I think they are awesome in combination with something like Cascade or Centennial, but in my experience they can be a little one dimensional on their own. I think the 007 yeast would be a great choice.
 
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I've never had them that I know of.

What could I expect in the taste of this recipe?
 

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Citra has kind of an orange/pineapple flavor to it, like strat said, tropical. I used it with Amarillo in a pale ale with good results, but I'm not sure how it would work with the dark malts. Try it and let us know!
 

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open one oz of citra at the lhbs and smell them before you go all citra. they taste alot like they smell. I get tangerine/pineapple big time. I'd throw in .5 oz cascade at 10 mins and 5 mins in addition to the cascade.
 

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Don't fear the citra. It works well as a dry hop in IPA's. 1/2 oz isn't much for a dry hop though. I'd maybe toss in an extra ounce or two of centennial or cascade with it.
 
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I think I am going to leave the recipe alone for this batch, then go from there....maybe it could use more hops, or grains or whatever. But I need to baseline on where to start.
 
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Just plugged it all into Beer calc at hopville and got a 64 IBU

I hope it's tasty!
 
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I brewed this last night, steeped grains at 170* in the oven for 30 minutes.

2.5 gal boil.

Pitched yeast at 73* with W007

OG (temp corrected for 73*) 1.073 (shooting for 1.070)





Not as dark as I would have thought it would have been, bot black but a dark brown.

hydro sample taste - malty sweetness, with extreme hop bitterness about 5 seconds after you swallow, but it was not over powering (like a hopped up IPA). I cannot wait till this baby ferments out!
 
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