Help Altering Hop Schedule

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bpinon

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Hello All,
I am going to be brewing Midwest Supply's Hop Head IPA all-grain recipe kit. I am thinking about altering the hop schedule. I wanted to try reducing early additions and adding to later additions to increase hop flavor and aroma; all the while, maintaining the recipe's original IBU level. Can anyone give me some input as to whether this is a good idea or not? Am I just going to screw up an already good recipe? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Original Recipe Hop Schedule:
1oz Chinook @60Min
.5oz Cascade @45Min
.5oz Centennial @30Min
.5oz Cascade @20Min
.5oz Centennial @10Min
.5oz Mt. Hood @5Min
2oz Cascade Dry Hopped

Proposed Adjusted Hop Schedule:
.4oz Chinook @60Min
.4oz Cascade @45Min
1oz Centennial @30Min
1oz Cascade @20Min
1oz Centennial @10Min
1oz Mt. Hood @5Min
2oz Cascade Dry Hopped
 

sptaylor70

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As packaged, it looks like you would calculate about 80 IBU, and with your modified hopping schedule, the calculation looks like about 78 IBU. So that looks pretty even, and you would definitely get more hop aroma and flavor with your modification. For bittering, you could use the ounce of Chinook and half ounce of Cascade as FWH, mellowing their (especially Chinook's) sometimes harsh bitterness. With your flavor/aroma schedule, it calculates to about 85 IBU, so again pretty close to the original. Looks fine to me.
 
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