carapils in a dipa?

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  1. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Savant (976) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Yea or nea?
     
  2. mikehartigan

    mikehartigan Aspirant (290) Apr 9, 2007 Illinois

    Since I like a touch of sweetness in my IPAs, I tend to mash a bit on the high side. This has the side benefit of enhancing the body, so I have no need for it. If I was going for bone dry, I wouldn't hesitate to throw a half pound or so into a 5 gallon batch.

    Edit: I just noticed, you're talking about DIPA, not IPA. FG tends to be higher (1.010+ versus 1.005-ish for my IPAs) leaving plenty of body, so I'd vote nay.
     
  3. samtallica

    samtallica Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2010 North Carolina

    Vinnie does it. Lots of other west coast brewers do it. I've had good luck with it. Just keep it below 5% of your malt bill.
     
  4. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Defender (658) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    Yes, + sugar
     
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  5. inchrisin

    inchrisin Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    not for me. I'd use the right kinds and right amount of crystals.
     
  6. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Savant (976) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I'm looking at honey in ddition to the carapils.
     
  7. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Defender (658) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    That's sugar...albeit an expensive one with delicate properties
     
  8. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Defender (658) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    "the right kinds "...care to elaborate?
     
  9. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Savant (976) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Think they'll get lost in an IIPA? I dig honey in my beers, but have never used it in such a big beer.
     
  10. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Defender (658) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    Let's get this out of the way...I think it' a waste (use regular ole table sugar)

    ...,But not being one to foist my beliefs on others :rolleyes: I would advise to use good quality honey (made by bees), and add @ KO or in the secondary to preserve the delicate esters of the honey.

    IIPA screams eucalyptus honey...if you pull it off...you are a genius : )

    Edit: I dare you! : )
     
  11. mikehartigan

    mikehartigan Aspirant (290) Apr 9, 2007 Illinois

    One word regarding honey in an IIPA: HopSlam! Add it at KO or it will, indeed be lost. I did a pretty respectable clone a few years ago in which I used plain old mass market Sue Bee Honey. About $10 for a 5lb bottle at Sam's Club at the time, IIRC.
     
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  12. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    For me - absolutely - just about all of mine get at least 4oz of Carapils.
     
  13. inchrisin

    inchrisin Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    I'd say with the right choice of crystals, base malt, and (most importantly) yeast, a IIPA should finish with a high enough FG that you don't need carapils or maltodex.

    Local farmers' markets, even at winter farmers' markets often sell honey. If you're lucky enough to have a vendor, it's <$2.00/lb, you buy it by the gallon, and that's usually 12ish pounds. For honey, that's cheap!
     
  14. mikehartigan

    mikehartigan Aspirant (290) Apr 9, 2007 Illinois

    In my neck of the woods, farmers routinely sell honey for $10+/lb
     
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  15. inchrisin

    inchrisin Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    :eek: I guess I should be mailing this stuff out.
     
  16. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (1,226) Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
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    Wow.. We have some local beehives that sell their stuff, which is really good for like $4-5 a pound and thats pretty high for bulk buys.

    I think it's like $10 or so for 3#'s and like $60 if you buy 18#'s of it.
     
  17. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Defender (658) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

     
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  18. bulletrain76

    bulletrain76 Zealot (579) Nov 6, 2007 California

    No. Don't seem to need it. I'm trying to make the beer lighter with plenty of sugar. All depends though if you want more head retention it can't hurt.
     
  19. telejunkie

    telejunkie Disciple (309) Sep 14, 2007 Vermont

    if i want more dextrins, I'll increase my mash temp...so no.
     
  20. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (559) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado
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    I'd say it depends on what else you have in your beer. If you are using say, some munich and some darker crystal, I would probably say you wouldn't need it. I like to use torrified wheat, some light crystal, and some munich in mine, and small amounts of each.
     
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