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Citra Hops

For some reason, I have a ton of 1 oz packages of Citra hops, but none of the recipes that I brew ever call for them. They are at least 18 months old and I cannot remember how or why I got them. BUT, I see this an an opportunity! Anybody got ideas for a brew that uses a lot of these? Citra IPA?

Citra is great for late additions in an IPA but I don’t like it for bittering, adds a sweaty gym sock taste/aroma that takes a while to age out if at all. Great dryhop - can transform a mediocre beer into a hop festival and I’ve found that up to 1.5 oz per keg in a simple IPA is good and with something with a little more malt or even some roast I’ll go heavier with excellent results. It also plays really well with Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, etc.

I love them for dry hopping. Unique aroma.

I made a Chinook IPL (lager) that is in secondary. I need to taste it because it has an ounce of Chinook in as a dry hop. Think Citra would play well with that to kick it up a notch?

Yes, but use maybe half the weight of the Chinook or you will lose it to the Citra.

This is becoming my house APA. The citrus/tropical blend of Citra is quite tasty.

OG 1055
95% pale malt
5% Crystal 40

.5 Citra FWh
.5 Magnum 60
1 oz Citra 15
1 oz Citra 5
1 oz Citra Dry Hop
Wyeast 1272

BeerSmith says the IBUs are 80, but I don’t perceive the bitterness to be that high. (That’s using 20 minutes for the FWH calcs). I could just be jaded, though :smiley:

You say Citra and I think Sierra Nevada Torpedo. It’ll make a good IPA regardless of what you do with it!

I sort of like Torpedo. Is that all Citra?

Torpedo = Magnum, Crystal, Citra.

Look for a Zombie Dust clone… about 9 ounces of citra… ... ne-303478/

I brewed this last year around this time, and it was fabulous.

Were they stored in the freezer for 18 months?

Yes they have been in the freezer the whole time

I have yet to try this but I’m prepping for this to be my first batch that I go all out on my own.

Torpedo Extract Clone

Style: American IPA
Batch: 5.00 galExtract


Recipe Gravity: 1.074 OG
Recipe Bitterness: 74 IBU
Recipe Color: 12° SRM
Estimated FG: 1.019
Alcohol by Volume: 7.2%
Alcohol by Weight: 5.6%


CaraPils 1.00 lb, Grain, Steeped
Crystal 60L 1.00 lb, Grain, Steeped
Light DME 7.50 lb, Extract, Extract

Crystal 0.33 oz, Pellet, 0 minutes
Crystal 0.33 oz, Pellet, 20 minutes
Crystal 0.33 oz, Pellet, 10 minutes
Citra 0.75 oz, Pellet, 0 minutes
Magnum 0.33 oz, Pellet, 0 minutes
Magnum 0.33 oz, Pellet, 10 minutes
Magnum 0.33 oz, Pellet, 20 minutes
Magnum 1.00 oz, Pellet, 60 minutes

American Ale yeast 1.00 unit, Yeast,

Citra works very well with Chinook.

Search out “Surly Abrasive” in this forum. I think at least two recipes were posted in one thread. Double IPA, mostly citra, some warrior, golden naked oats. I just made my second batch last week.

It seems like people either love or hate Citra. I dislike Citra as a single or even as the prominent hop. But it mixes nicely as a background hop in that realm in between spicy/early and citrusy/floral. The problem is, it’s such a potent hop that it is hard to blend into a background role.

I do an American wheat IPA that uses the following hop schedule. I like this a lot, but it still has a little too much Citra. I’ll cut it down a little next time and add more Cascade.

1.00 oz Magnum [14.30 %] - Boil 80.0 min Hop 4 41.7 IBUs

1.00 oz Cascade [4.70 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 4.7 IBUs
0.75 oz Citra [14.88 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 11.2 IBUs
0.50 oz Willamette [4.70 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 2.4 IBUs

1.00 oz Cascade [4.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 2.6 IBUs
0.50 oz Citra [14.88 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 4.5 IBUs
0.50 oz Willamette [4.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 12 1.3 IBUs

0.75 oz Cascade [4.70 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 13 0.0 IBUs
0.75 oz Citra [14.88 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Willamette [4.70 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 15 0.0 IBUs

1.00 oz Cascade [8.90 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 17 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Citra [12.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 18 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Willamette [4.70 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 19 0.0 IBUs

I don’t know. A lot of people seem to like citra but man i just can’t enjoy it. Maybe it is because people say it is mangoish and I hate mango. Now Amarillo, man that is my hop of choice. I love it.

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