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Jim Williams
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Username: Jim_williams

Post Number: 20
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 72.221.65.61
Posted on Sunday, September 02, 2007 - 05:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have too many high alcohol beers floating around my house these days. That Big Brew IPA sounds interesting. I'm going to scale it down to closer to 1.050, and, am wondering how much I should scale down the hops.??

Any ideas? My inspiration for this is the low (for an American IPA) alcohol and incredible Leatherlips from Haverhill Brewing.

I've never used Summit hops. If my local doesn't have any, I plan on using Centennials. My favorite hop for a beer along these lines.

Open to any advice/comments/snide remarks.

Cheers,
Jim
 

Steve Jones
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Username: Stevej

Post Number: 346
Registered: 08-2001
Posted From: 24.158.130.98
Posted on Sunday, September 02, 2007 - 07:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you're talking about the Griffin Spit, get the summit hops - they make this beer what it is. They have an incredible citrus flavor/aroma, but it isn't grapefruity - more orange/tangerine in my estimation. My wife (an avowed hophead) is screaming for me to make another batch. And even tho it calculates to 130 or so IBU, the bitterness is so smooth it is more like a 70 ibu bitterness with 200 ibu flavor/aroma.

For a 1.050 version, I'd first make sure there is enough residual malt character to balance the hops. Mine went from 1.069 to 1.012 and it has plenty of malt backbone, but from 1.050 I'd stil want at least a 1.010-1.012 finish, so I'd mash around 154 or so and 1.5-2 qts/lb. Then maybe cut the hops by 25% - 1.5 oz @ 20 min, 1.5 oz @ 10 min, and 1.5 oz @ 5 min, with 1 oz dry hop.

My second keg blew last week, so I've ordered another pound of Summit hops today and will brew it next weekend. I'll brew it exactly like the first one.
 

Jim Williams
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Username: Jim_williams

Post Number: 21
Registered: 02-2006
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Posted on Sunday, September 02, 2007 - 09:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

well, I just got back and ended up with Centennial, columbus and amarillo. This is obviuosly turning into something very different. I'll have to make the beer as intended once I get another lower alcohol beer in the house!

Where did you source the Summit hops?
 

Steve Jones
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Post Number: 348
Registered: 08-2001
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Posted on Monday, September 03, 2007 - 12:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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