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IPA recipes formulation

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by BigEasyBrewer, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. I'm looking to start formulating an IPA recipe and I'm trying to get a grasp on the base malts to use. I know the primary flavor profile will be from the hops, but I'm looking for a starting point. Also, which yeast would work best for this style of brew? Just looking for a starting point for malts... Thx
  2. Funny, you should mention that...http://beeradvocate.com/community/t...erican-ipa-project-poll-3-basic-grains.60623/
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  3. hopsandmalt

    hopsandmalt Savant (320) Michigan Dec 14, 2006

    My starting point for American IPA is 90% American 2-row, 10% Munich and mash at 150. I don't like a lot of crystal in my IPA's.For DIPA's I sub in 5% table sugar for some of the 2-row.
  4. It's about the hops rather than the malt. I know brewers who even use Pilsner malt for such beers.
  5. scurvy311

    scurvy311 Savant (355) Louisiana Dec 3, 2005

    ...what hopsandmalt said.

    If do not have this book in your brewing library, http://www.amazon.com/Brewing-Class...939311&sr=8-1&keywords=Brewing classic styles
    you need to. It is a great recipe foundation.
  6. American IPA or English IPA?
    Personally I prefer the English style IPAs. And for those I (5 gal batch) usually use about 10# Maris Otter with about 1 -2# of Crystal malt (40 - 80 depending on how dark I want the beer).
    You can change the Maris Otter out for Golden Promise. Which IMO is a better malt, but it is often more expensive.
    If you are doing a American IPA, just use and American 2-row with the Crystal malt.
    As far as yeast:
    American: American Ale 1056 or US-05
    English: Any Wyeast London Ale strain or Nottingham or Windsor (if you prefer dry).
    The above assumes you meant all-grain malt. And, this is just my opinion of a generic and basic malt bill for an IPA.
  7. Ilanko

    Ilanko Aficionado (190) New York Aug 3, 2012

    I have brow this American IPA with grate results

    11 Lb American 2-row
    8 Oz Weyermann CaraHell
    8 Oz CaraVienne
    8 Oz Biscuit Malt

    60 min 1 Oz Columbus
    30 min 1 Oz Cascade
    1 min 1 Oz Cascade
    Yeast: US-05 (Second generation from California common)
  8. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (790) Texas May 21, 2010

    I like ten pounds base malt and a little crystal (1 lb or less). That's the base forumula for me. Add hops generously at 15 minutes or less, especially at 5,1,0. Add a bittering charge at 60. Modify as you see fit.
  9. VikeMan

    VikeMan Advocate (740) Pennsylvania Jul 12, 2009

    Not to nitpick too much, but if you used US-05 (and not a a fairly specific lager yeast), what made this beer a California Common?
  10. Thanks for all the input. looking forward to brewing up a batch this coming week. As far as hops goes, should I concentrate on hops only in the brew process or throw some into the fermenter (after krausen has slowed). I'm looking for something quite hoppy.
  11. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (790) Texas May 21, 2010

    Dry hop it too! :D
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  12. hopsandmalt

    hopsandmalt Savant (320) Michigan Dec 14, 2006

    Yeah dude, add hops at every available opportunity!
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  13. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior Champion (790) Texas May 21, 2010

    And then some!

    +1!

    :D
  14. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (640) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member

    Do this.. it's simple as all hell, and basic, and super tasty.

    11# 2 row
    12oz Munich
    12oz Vienna
    12oz Crystal 40

    Mash at 152 for 60 minutes.

    Do a First Wort Hop( FWH ) of something to around 20 IBU's

    Make your next addition at 15, 10, 5, 1 and flameout/whirlpool addition. Any of the C's, or Simcoe or something like that will work.. Shoot for what you like. Amarillo, Simcoe, Chinook, Citra, and Cascade all roll together like brother and sister in Alabama.

    Use a neutral yeast, like 1056, US05 or BRY 97. Ferment it low, like 65 or so.

    Dry hop it after primary has finished, which will be roughly 1.010 or so.. Use 2 oz or so of something you like, or used in the boil..

    Bottle or keg, and enjoy.
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  15. Ilanko

    Ilanko Aficionado (190) New York Aug 3, 2012

    My homebrew store call's it "California Common" offering under recommended yeast :Lager #1212 or #1056 American Ale or US-05.
    I have been very inquisitive on how California Common is classified. I have brew 2 batches before realized that "CC" is originally a lager. but its work grate for me, almost the same as American Pale Ale.

    You can say that "Brooklyn Lager" is not a lager just because its highly hopped ?
  16. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (640) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member


    1056 is nothing close to the California Common yeast, so I think thats why he asked. CC is a lager yeast that is fermented warmer.
  17. Ilanko

    Ilanko Aficionado (190) New York Aug 3, 2012

    When i start Homebrewing I couldn't really aware that "CC" is a Lager, I just followed the kit recipe. Now after running over every "CC" recipe, only the one gallon recommend 105, the five gallon mention 1212 or US-05.
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  18. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (640) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member


    Interesting. I wasn't calling you out, I was, like Vikeman, curious really. It's odd to see how different stores market their wares.
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  19. Ilanko

    Ilanko Aficionado (190) New York Aug 3, 2012

    It is Just be born in a country where Lager is the only beer you can get. Latter on in life discover Ale country.
  20. That's the story of any American over 30 too :p
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  21. Ilanko

    Ilanko Aficionado (190) New York Aug 3, 2012

    Or 40
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  22. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (385) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

    The humor would be the younger the better.

    But on a lighter note I really would like to try some of your beer. My interest is peaked.
  23. ChadChaney

    ChadChaney Aficionado (125) Iowa Aug 12, 2011

    Simple grain bill I use for SMaSH (single malt, single hop) beers, even though there are 2 mats, lol.
    12 lbs Briess 2 row
    2 Lbs flaked wheat( a bit of color, body and head retention)

    60 min charge to about 35-45 IBU's then fill the hops at 10, 5, 1 and dry hop. Great way to experience all the nuances of a single hop before you start to blend hops and malts.
  24. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (640) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member


    Touche'...

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