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robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 1081
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 72.48.216.253
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 04:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I haven't made this wonderful beer in a few years. Brewing Saturday! I have a half gallon starter going.
 

Steve Anderson
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Username: Steveinmemphis

Post Number: 396
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 66.195.24.74
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 04:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is my favorite IPA recipe, hands down.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13734
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.9.127
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 05:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mine, too; it's a real oldie but goodie.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 3042
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 24.2.134.193
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 06:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I still just don't get what all the fuss is about. I really didn't like the batch I made and neither did just about anyone I served it too. It scored horribly at brew club. One of the other club members just looked at me and said, "You made this? You can do much better than this." Too bitter to drink more than one pint at a time and without the hop aroma one expects of an IPA.

I made another IPA last month with a similar hop load but weighted much more toward late additions. Everyone likes it better.
 

robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 1082
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 06:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I dry hop mine with 2 ounces/bucket. It's so good, a pint is just about perfect.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13736
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 06:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't know, Paul. I feel like we ought to exchange bottles sometime. All the IPA lovers I know think it's a great beer. As Bob says, it's just about perfect.
 

Jeff Rankert
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Username: Hopfenundmalz

Post Number: 389
Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 76.122.178.91
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 06:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I find this one benefits form some aging in the keg. That lets the hops lose the bite. Dry hopping is optional, but I find a little Styrian Goldings after aging is fantastic.

If you look at the Gold at the 2009 NHC, it is a slightly modified SSoS. It would have beat out a boatload of late hopped IPAs.
http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BlitzkriegHops
 

Tom Gardner
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Username: Tom

Post Number: 1253
Registered: 01-2001
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Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yep, love it. I am going to do a triple-sized mash and make an English, American and Imperial IPA at the same time in 3 boil kettles.
I wouldn't have thought 3 oz of Chinook would have tasted English. Good to know.
 

michael atkins
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Username: Mga

Post Number: 876
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 71.214.8.196
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I love SSOS. The only caution I have read is to be careful not to use domestic Fuggles. I have always substituted the D F's with Willamette.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 3044
Registered: 02-2002
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 01:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, I'd love to try someone else's batch, just to see if I'd done something wrong when I made mine. I'm not optimistic that I'll like it -- I doubt I'll ever like a beer with such a high BU/GU ratio -- but maybe some of my other tasters will let me know how it differs from the one I made.

In the meantime, I can't imagine ever making another batch of it. Call it personal taste. I'm not trying to say it's a "bad" recipe. I just don't like it.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13738
Registered: 01-2002
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 01:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I confess that I reduce the calculated bittering to 86 IBUs in my version of SSoS (basically, I use 1 oz. less of bittering hops). It's not that I'm so worried about overdoing the BU/GU ratio. Rather, I think I'm not going to be able to taste them anyway. There are other hop monsters today with even higher ratios, but I find SSoS, at least the version I brew, to have enough of a malt background to support the hops. And I doubt most people would call me a hop freak.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 3045
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 02:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmmmm....

Perhaps there is a theme here. "I call this SSOS, but I reduce the bittering hops, age it for months, and then dry-hop with 2oz of Styrians." Not really the same recipe then, is it? So maybe I should say that I'd love to taste a bottle made from the recipe as written to see if I like it.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13739
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 02:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't know about aging for months, but I'd say six weeks is a reasonable time for a beer this hoppy. Again, perhaps it's merely my own tastes. I'm not against brewing a recipe as written, except that the first time (it was my third all-grain beer) I brewed my slightly tweaked version of SSoS the results bordered on wonderful, and in the nine or ten times I have brewed it since then it has never failed to be anything other than a delight.
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 6427
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 03:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would agree that the tweaked versions are better. I made the original last time, and have to say I like my tweaked version better.

My tweaks are:

Substitute Styrian Goldings for Fuggles
Substitute WY1968 for WY1028

Gotta keep the Chinooks at 3 oz.
 

robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 1083
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 72.48.216.253
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 03:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I reduce Chinooks for 80 something IBUs, Willametes instead of Fuggles. Age? I typically go from a 2 week primary, keg, into the kegerator. Why age?