I came across an IPA recipe this morning that called for 13 oz of hops. Now granted it was an imperial but that still seemed like a lot of hops. It was a recipe off a kit that a store was selling so maybe they were just trying to make money on hops. It was for five gallons. I could make a boatload of beer with that much hops. Even my imperial uses less than half of that. What am I missing here?
You won’t know unless you try it. It’s entirely possible that’s what makes it fantastic.
Our host’s 115th dream hopbursted uses a freaking pound of hops. Seemed excessive at the time, but it was a tasty beer.
I’m sure it’s tasty but it seems that you reach a point of diminishing return. I used to cook in restaurants and that sounds like a kitchen sink recipe. Adding things that don’t add anything isn’t a good recipe. We learned to add the right thing at the right time, it’s kind of the same thing no?
Until you brew it, all you can do is guess.
The Pliny The Elder clone that I made included a total of 15 oz of hops. It was outstanding!
I’m sure it was. But that’s what I mean. Your recipe actually uses more hops than the original recipe.
I just did an IIPA with nine ounces in three gallons (equivalent of 15 in five gallons) and it came out awesome.
I only use 7oz in my double IPA.
Try it, and let us know. I suspect you may be right. Really, how many hops can you throw at a beer? Obviously a lot, but there’s a lot, then a huge amount. Take the 5 gallon recipe, cut it in half. Do one half with the recommended amount of hops, and one with 25% less. Let us know how it turns out.
I don’t think it’s wasting and just because there is a boat load of hops doesn’t mean that things are not added for a reason. Can you make a great double ipa with 7 oz of hops? yeah sure. can you make a great one with 15 oz? yup. While adding 15oz of hops may cost more and you might not get as much out of each oz , if your making the beer better then it’s not a waste. For what it’s worth I have used 8 oz on a pale ale but most get about 5.
I’ve brewed a boatload of IPAs this past year and my best one so far had 13.5 ozs of hops in it. I wouldn’t hesitate to brew that recipe over and over.
That sounds like a good experiment. I don’t really like my IPAs that big. Actually the beer I brew as a double I used to call just an IPA but my recipe generator kept saying it didn’t match the guidelines for an IPA but IIPA was a match. It’s 8% ABV 75 IBU and the BU/GU is 1.08
It’s ALL relative. I have a great pale ale I make with 3.5oz of hops and another with 6oz, and then I make a double pale ale with only 3oz! I have a great IPA with 5oz and another with 11oz! I think it comes down to the hop flavor and Alpha acids…how much bitterness and flavor. Do some reading and figure what will work.
Hops are expensive these days! I don’t really think of it, but the wife points it out. I just bought all the hops I should need for all my spring and summer beers and it was close to $100. Ugh.
I’ve made some recipes that called for a low Alfa hops and switched to a higher alpha hops to save on hops. I also started buying hops in bulk which save a significant amount of money.