The Averagely Perfect American IPA Project - Poll #13- IBU Target

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by VikeMan, Jan 30, 2013.


Select a target for IBUs

Poll closed Feb 1, 2013.
  1. 50 or less

  2. 52

  3. 54

  4. 56

  5. 58

  6. 60

  7. 62

  8. 64

  9. 66

  10. 68 or more

  1. VikeMan

    VikeMan Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Time to determine an IBU target, Tinseth calculation. I recommend thinking in terms of balance with the target OG and/or FG, as well as the grains. If you select "50 or less" or "68 or more," please write in your specific value in a message.

    This poll will be open for 48 hours.

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    The Averagely Perfect American IPA Recipe so far...
    5 Gallons
    Target ABV: 6.5%
    Target OG: 1.062
    Target FG: 1.012
    Apparent Attenuation: 81%
    Recommended Mash Temp: 151F

    Grain Bill:
    Two-Row Brewer's Malt (92%)
    Crystal 40 (5%)
    Carapils (3%)

    American Flavor/Aroma Hops, varieties and schedule TBD

    Wyeast 1056/WLP001/US-05
  2. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior May 21, 2010 Texas

    I notice that 4,298 isn't a poll option. I thought this was going to be an AMERICAN IPA. :rolleyes:
  3. honkey

    honkey Aug 28, 2010 Alabama

    I went with 62. I typically shoot for a 1:1 BU:GU ratio in my regular IPA's.
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  4. BumpkinBrewer

    BumpkinBrewer Jan 6, 2010 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

  5. pweis909

    pweis909 Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    I went with 58. I typically shoot for a BU:GU ratio of 0.9193548, but 57 ibus wasn't an option. ;)
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  6. cmac1705

    cmac1705 Apr 30, 2010 Florida

    I like a firmer bitterness. My vote is for 75.
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  7. kjyost

    kjyost May 4, 2008 Manitoba (Canada)

    I like rock solid bitterness, but went with 62 for a BU : GU of 1. This is also why I voted for 1.068, more IBUs! :p
  8. VikeMan

    VikeMan Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Congratulations to cmac1705! Of the 5 people (so far) to vote for "68 or more," he's the one person who posted his actual number in a message.
  9. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Feb 22, 2011 California

    I prefer my IPAs in the 65 range, so I opted for 64.
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  10. Patrick

    Patrick Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    75, though I await the poll to vote on hop additions to see how they (IBUs) will be distributed.
  11. HerbMeowing

    HerbMeowing Nov 10, 2010 Virginia

    For a 1.062 pale ale...
    47 / 62 = 0.76 BUGU
  12. JimmyTango

    JimmyTango Aug 1, 2011 California

    I vote 80. I like bitter beer.
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  13. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Mar 22, 2011 California

    Going to get flamed for this but 45 IBU.... just like Alpine Duet, the best IPA I've ever had.
  14. Patrick

    Patrick Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    How many IBUs does Nelson have?
  15. HerbMeowing

    HerbMeowing Nov 10, 2010 Virginia

    Wowzer...should have RTFM!

    Wishing to extend and revise my earlier 1D-10T remarks...and re-cast my vote..
    For a 1.062 IPA...
    62 BU / 62 GU = 1
  16. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior May 21, 2010 Texas

    I think late hopping will have more effect on this brew than the IBU level. But then that's obvious and I'm only saying so because this poll even exists.
  17. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Mar 22, 2011 California

  18. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    I'm going for 60 ibu's and hoping the hop schedule will be mostly late additions. Since it's not my money I should have gone for 100 ibus achieved with 15, 10, 5, whirlpool additions.... I have always wanted to dothis, but the inner miser inside my head always beats up my inner brewer.
  19. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior May 21, 2010 Texas

    I'll do it. :cool:
  20. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Nov 16, 2010 Washington

    Hops are going to be a brawl. Our perceptions of what "bitter" means is going to be all over the place. Certain hops present their bitterness more aggressively even though they may be, calculated as, the same IBUs. The ol' Pliny is smooth as can be to me.
  21. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    If you do it with whole cone make sure you up your recipe for 6.5 gallon boil... ;)
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  22. nh2032

    nh2032 Oct 15, 2009 New York

    Voted 68+. My preference would be for 75.
  23. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Being the big hophead I am my initially thought 70. Then I figured that I may have a bigger tolerance than most for hops, so I figured maybe I would scale it down to 60-ish. Aww, screw it! I like hops. 68 and above (70).
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  24. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Looks like I am not alone.
  25. samtallica

    samtallica Jul 22, 2010 North Carolina

    I tend to perceive hop flavor much more than bitterness. I destroyed the bitterness receptors on my tongue long ago. I vote 1:1 and and say blast the shit out of it at the end of the boil.
  26. elephantrider

    elephantrider Mar 25, 2011 Michigan

    75 and voted 68+
  27. NiceFly

    NiceFly Dec 22, 2011 Tajikistan

    Perhaps I am getting ahead of things, but I voted 68+.

    I would like to see that divied up between 50IBU at 60 min and a good 20-30 at less than 15 min.
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  28. DrewF

    DrewF Jan 3, 2010 Pennsylvania

    75 IBU sounds like a good goal for an American IPA, especially since all other sources of flavor have been ruled out. :)
  29. oregone

    oregone Jul 2, 2008 Oregon

    I voted 68+. really, 68-70 sounds good. Just my speculation that with th FG, Crystal, etc, that's where a good hoppy balance will be found.
  30. OddNotion

    OddNotion Nov 1, 2009 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    I like to go at least 1:1 bu:gu ratio on my bittering charge in my IPAs and completely ignore anything from my late hops. I voted 68+ as I like a strong bitterness followed by a lot of citrusy late hops.
  31. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    68+ I had 70 on my mind before opening the thread.
  32. nozferatu46

    nozferatu46 Mar 24, 2008 Indiana

    I always aim for my IBUs to be somewhere between my OG (in this case 62), and my ABV (in this case, 65). So I voted for the higher end to try to move the curve.
  33. mattbk

    mattbk Dec 12, 2011 New York

    Mark me down for a 78.
  34. rmalinowski4

    rmalinowski4 Oct 22, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I went with 62. I prefer balance over extreemly high IBU's.
  35. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior May 21, 2010 Texas

    Wow. The 68 or more club has moved in! Are we gonna hafta do a run-off election? :rolleyes:

    I voted for 64, FWIW.
  36. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Feb 28, 2012 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    I usually shoot for the 70-75 range.
  37. jlpred55

    jlpred55 Jul 26, 2006 Iowa

    I'm the the 68+ camp. I'd shoot for 70 in this beer.
  38. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior May 21, 2010 Texas

    I voted 64, but I will brew anything up to 4,298. That's my upper limit for this particular grain profile. :rolleyes:
  39. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    This might be another good pole answer to take an ave. on...since 5-10 IBUs in this range can't be tasted by most people anyway and the results look a little skewed..
  40. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Nov 16, 2010 Washington

    We talkin calculated or measured IBUs? sorry can't keep a straight face on that.
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