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IPA recipe opinions

Trying to write a good American IPA recipe and appreciate advice. I have never used Vienna, and also don’t really know what carapils does for IPA but see it in a lot of recipes. Last one I did was just 2row pale and victory but something was missing. Also never used centennial with columbus.
Any opinions?

Batch Size: 6.00 gal Style: American IPA
Color: 5.6 SRM
Bitterness: 70.0 IBUs Boil Time: 60 min
Est OG: 1.069 (16.7° P)
Est FG: 1.014 SG (3.6° P
ABV: 7.2%

Ingredients
Amount Name Type #

12 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
9.6 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)
1 lbs 11.2 oz Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
7.2 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
0.2 oz Centennial [10.0%] - First Wort
0.2 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.0%] - First Wort
0.4 oz Magnum [14.0%] - Boil 60 min
0.5 oz Centennial [10.0%] - Boil 15 min
0.5 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.0%] - Boil 15 min
1.00 Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15 min)
0.5 oz Centennial [10.0%] - Boil 10 min
0.5 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.0%] - Boil 10 min
0.5 oz Centennial [10.0%] - Boil 5 min
0.5 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.0%] - Boil 5 min
0.5 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.0%] - Boil 0 min
0.5 oz Simcoe [13.0%] - Boil 0 min
2 pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) Yeast
1.0 oz Centennial [10.0%] - Dry Hop 5 days
0.5 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.0%] - Dry Hop 5 days
0.5 oz Simcoe [13.0%] - Dry Hop 5 days

Vienna will work to give a bit of extra toasty character. Carapils is just for body. You have some crystal which isnt in a lot of AIPA recipes, the conventional wisdom is that sweetness takes the edge off the hops. You’ll only know if you like it by trying, keeping it restrained is good (6% or lower). I personally love the combo if Columbus and Centennial, the pine and bright grapefruit comlement very well. In fact I grow these two for this very reason.

15 minutes is a long time for a Whirlfloc tablet. 5 minutes is the recommended time or it loses its value.

That’s interesting. I’ve always just threw it in there at 15 minutes cause that’s what the package says to do:

That’s interesting. I’ve always just threw it in there at 15 minutes cause that’s what the package says to do:

[/quote]Yup agreed but there’s a whole thread about this somewhere here and how the instructions are wrong. Also, one tab does 10 gallons.

Thanks for the advice on whirlfloc, didn’t know that. I have been using 1 tab at 15 min and get tons of fluffy cold break at bottom after chilling.

I will probably drop the carapils and add that % to the Vienna.

T

Looks like a good AIPA recipe to me. The only thing I would do differently–just personal preference and others might disagree–is to change the ratio of Centennial to Columbus in favor of Centennial. This is because Columbus on average has higher oil content and could outshine the Centennial.

As an example, I’m planning the following APA recipe for January.

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs 12.1 oz Maris Otter (Crisp) (4.0 SRM) Grain 1 93.7 %
5.2 oz Carapils (Briess) (1.5 SRM) Grain 2 3.1 %
5.2 oz Crystal 40, 2-Row, (Great Western) (40.0 Grain 3 3.1 %
0.25 oz Magnum [16.40 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 12.6 IBUs
0.75 oz Centennial [10.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 5 8.8 IBUs
0.33 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.00 %] - Boil 10. Hop 6 5.5 IBUs
0.75 oz Centennial [10.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 7 4.8 IBUs
0.33 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.00 %] - Boil 5.0 Hop 8 3.0 IBUs
0.75 oz Centennial [10.50 %] - Aroma Steep 0.0 m Hop 9 0.0 IBUs
0.33 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.00 %] - Aroma St Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [124.21 Yeast 11 -
1.50 oz Centennial [10.50 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.00 %] - Dry Hop Hop 13 0.0 IBUs

Kcbeersnob, have you made that APA with those ratios of cent/colum, and how did it turn out?

In my experience, any ratio of those two would turn out well. He had a good point though about the relative amount of oils in the two, and when you customize your recipe you’ll want to decide how much pine vs grapefruit you think you’d like. Then adjust accordingly. Or just use Cents, I think thats whats in Bell Two Hearted and that is one fine brew.

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