IBU Help

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by dsmdan95, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. dsmdan95

    dsmdan95 Initiate (37) Apr 16, 2007 Iowa

    Hi I'm brewing a honey citra pale. The recipe calls for..

    7LB of Maris Otter
    .5LB of Munich
    .5lb of Crystal 60
    .5LB of Amber malt

    .5 LB of Honey at or right before flame out

    60 min boil

    1/2 oz Citra @ 60 mins
    1/2 oz Cascade @ 30 mins
    1/2 oz Centennial @ 10 mins

    34 IBU

    I'm a little worried that @ 34 IBU it might be a little boring? Do you think I should do the hops above at a full 1oz for 68 IBU? and up the honey to a full 1LB or to you think the hops would drownout the honey? What would you do if you were me lol
  2. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,469) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Does bitter equal exciting to you?

    What are your goals for this beer? What do you want it to taste like?
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  3. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,755) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    I've never used honey in a pale ale, but I think the recipe without the honey looks pretty good for a pale ale. I'd probably put a bit of whirlpool or dry hops in it with citra and centennial. Half a pound of honey doesn't sound like it will make much difference.
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  4. MrOH

    MrOH Champion (848) Jul 5, 2010 Maryland

    Where did you get this recipe? The mashbill looks good, but the hopping is kinda weak, and that amount of honey won't do much but up the OG a little.

    I'd do something like:
    grain as listed, but switching out amber malt for .25# honey malt

    60min- whatever cheap higher AA% hop you have on hand to get to your desired IBU
    10min- 1oz Cascade
    FO/Whirlpool- 1oz Centennial, 1oz Citra

    1# honey added at high krausen
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  5. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (730) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    Looks like a British Bitter to me (with American hops)...all's it needs is an estery English yeast.
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  6. Prep8611

    Prep8611 Aspirant (250) Aug 22, 2014 New Jersey

    Personally for my pales and ipas I only do 60 minute for bittering and whirlpool for everything else. Don’t really see the value in 30 minute and 15 minute addition in terms of flavor and aroma(while also being worse at bittering) I can’t get from whirlpool and dry hopping.
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  7. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,712) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Is that a 'gut feel' sort of thing or do you have some technical brewing studies here?

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  8. Prep8611

    Prep8611 Aspirant (250) Aug 22, 2014 New Jersey

    Personal experience. Nothing scientific about it unfortunately. Just seem to get better aroma and therefore flavor when using hops when the heat is off in ipa/ American pales. I still do use 30 and 15 minute additions in other styles where I’m not looking for that hop punch as I still think it’s good for layering hop flavor.
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  9. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Disciple (393) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    It does look good for a non bitter brew, if you want to pick it up I'd try 1oz cascade @ 60 1 oz centenial @5 and 1 oz citra ar f o.

    That would be a bit more aggressive, but not over the top