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The Averagely Perfect American IPA Project - Poll #3 - Basic Grains

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by VikeMan, Jan 10, 2013.


Select ONE OR MORE Grains/Fermentables

Poll closed Jan 12, 2013.
  1. Generic Two Row or Pale Ale Malt or Pilsner

  2. Munich (9-ish SRM)

  3. Dark Munich

  4. Vienna

  5. Victory or Biscuit

  6. Rye Malt

  7. Carapils

  8. Other Crystal Malt(s)

  9. Sugar or Honey

  10. Other Adjuncts

Multiple votes are allowed.
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  1. VikeMan

    VikeMan Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Now we'll start selecting the grains/fermentables. This question will be handled a little differently. You can select more than one choice. The # 1 overall choice will be automatically in. Beyond that, any other choices whose numbers IMO distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack will either be in or will get another poll to resolve close calls. So in theory this could end up as a single malt beer. Or not. If Two Row/Pale Ale/Pilsner Malt gets in (and I assume it will) there will also be a short 24 hour poll to pick a specific variety. Ditto for Other Crystal Malts, Sugar/Honey/Other and Victory/Biscuit if/when they are selected.

    I recommend you think about this in terms of not only your personal preferences, but also in terms of a 6.5% ABV beer finishing at 1.012 SG. Have fun.

    This poll will only be open for 48 hours. Based on the first one, almost all the votes happened in that timeframe.

    If you don't know what this thread is about, please see this thread...

    If you have issues with or suggestions for methodologies used in this project, please Beer Mail me. Let's keep the threads themselves on topic to the question at hand (not about how you would have asked the question differently). Thanks!

    The Averagely Perfect American IPA Recipe so far...
    5 Gallons
    Target ABV: 6.5%
    Target OG: 1.062
    Target FG: 1.012
  2. kjyost

    kjyost May 4, 2008 Manitoba (Canada)

    Honey Malt? :)
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  3. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
    Moderator Subscriber Beer Trader

    I sure do love the layers of 2 row, a handful of Munich and Vienna, and a fistful of crystal in there for some residual sweetness and body.
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  4. VikeMan

    VikeMan Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    If there's a strong enough write-in campaign.
  5. VikeMan

    VikeMan Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Oh cool. I didn't realize the multi-select function was going to give results for each choice as a percent of total voters (vice total votes).
  6. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    A bit of roasted barley please.
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  7. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Thanks. Did I miss a poll 2? I know this is the 3 rd installment but the last one was labeled poll 1. Just want to make sure I am not missing anything.
  8. VikeMan

    VikeMan Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Typo on the last one (final gravity). It was poll #2, but said #1.
  9. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Gotcha. Thanks.
  10. tngolfer

    tngolfer Feb 16, 2012 Tennessee

    I've been lucky enough to catch all three polls so far. Cool idea, Vikeman.
  11. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    Wheat malt and MO (or other high-end 2 row) seem to be notably absent as choices.
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  12. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Aug 25, 2009 Oregon
    Moderator Subscriber

    +1 for Wheat
  13. MrOH

    MrOH Jul 5, 2010 Maryland

    Count me in for wheat
  14. MaineMike

    MaineMike Jan 22, 2011 Maine

    I vote for malted wheat.
  15. NiceFly

    NiceFly Dec 22, 2011 Tajikistan

    Too bad we cannot vote against a grain type.

    And I screwed up my vote. Please add one each to Munich and Sugar, although it looks like the crystal malt vote will beat the Munich as of now.

    edit: should have finished this coffee before voting.
  16. ryane

    ryane Nov 21, 2007 Washington

    I look at the results of this poll vs the last one where so many people said how dry they want their beer, and look and see 50% of people want carapils and crystal malts in there?!! and only 20% want sugar in it? something doesnt line up

    BTW my vote would be fore a flavorful basemalt ie Marris Otter, Optic, etc, and the using either a starch (tapioca, corn, etc) or corn sugar to thin out the malt a bit
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  17. samtallica

    samtallica Jul 22, 2010 North Carolina

    2-row and a little crystal is all you really need.
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  18. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    I use crystal malts in most of my IPA, without the use of sugar. Mash temp is something else to consider here, as I almost always finish between 1.008-1.011.
  19. samtallica

    samtallica Jul 22, 2010 North Carolina

    You can brew a dry beer with crystal malt in it. My house IPA has a pound of crystal 20 in the grain bill and finishes at 1.010.

    Hell, the beer Sculpin is based on has a pound of carapils and over a pound of crystal 10 and my clone finished at 1.008.
  20. pweis909

    pweis909 Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    My first thought was there was no Maris Otter or Golden Promise, but then I noticed the first category included Pale Ale malts and that there would be further refinement in a future poll. As for wheat malt, I've added it to some pales and ipas, but IMO it is not a necessity or strong preference. Of course, you may be of a different mind.
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  21. nathanjohnson

    nathanjohnson Aug 5, 2007 Vermont

    Nice. My house pale ale is 8lbs 2-row, 1 lb each of vienna and munich, and 0.5lb of C10. Love it.
  22. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior May 21, 2010 Texas

    2-row and some crystal malt. Sugar optional but not needed. 1.012 is easily reachable with 2-row and crystal.
  23. kjyost

    kjyost May 4, 2008 Manitoba (Canada)

    Agreed - with the right yeast...
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  24. Hands22

    Hands22 Oct 14, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Two row, sugar, and a touch of roasted barley for color. Wouldn't say no to some rye, either :)
  25. samtallica

    samtallica Jul 22, 2010 North Carolina

    And we all know what yeast to use when making an American IPA.
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  26. timjr2500

    timjr2500 Jul 15, 2012 Texas

    A good, light, crispy APA is simply pale malt, dextrose, and maybe a little crystal, mashed at a very low temp (143-145) for a long time 90+ minutes.
  27. timjr2500

    timjr2500 Jul 15, 2012 Texas

    Califoria Ale Yeast all the way!
  28. kjyost

    kjyost May 4, 2008 Manitoba (Canada)

    Yup - WY1098 / WLP007 - Whitbread English Ale like Surly uses in Furious & Abrasive!
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  29. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    There is a very nice IPA I made with rice.

    Then there is the one I recently made with 6 row, flaked corn, and a little crystal malt. This one was a Ballantine IPA clone, a real throw back.
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  30. BumpkinBrewer

    BumpkinBrewer Jan 6, 2010 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Going with your basic 2-row and a little bit of crystal. I would sub the crystal for a little honey malt if it becomes a choice. I tend to keep the grain bill very simple with IPAs but I know some of you have had good luck with blends of vienna and victory and munich. If the bill ends up being slighlty more complex Im all for it.
  31. samtallica

    samtallica Jul 22, 2010 North Carolina

    I won't argue with you there. Love that strain. Stone uses it (or something very similar) too.
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  32. mattbk

    mattbk Dec 12, 2011 New York

    I am going to +1 wheat as well.
  33. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Jun 8, 2010 California

    *Cough* Golden Promise *Cough*
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  34. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Nov 21, 2008 Texas
    Beer Trader

    I like 2-row 80%, Munich 16%, Crystal 4%
  35. Rau71

    Rau71 Dec 12, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Honey malt is a must.
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  36. pweis909

    pweis909 Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    I've thought about that Ballantine recipe in Mitch Steel's book.
  37. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior May 21, 2010 Texas

    Wow, might be a runoff for "other" crystal malt :eek:

    I don't think it's the most important parameter*, although I admit that I've put crystal of some form in every IPA I've made so far. Caveat: sample size is fairly small, and I've certainly tasted great IPAs that don't use it. :rolleyes:

    *as long as it's not too much of the grain bill, or too dark for the style (i.e. keep it on the lighter side)
  38. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I used one that is a little older from my friend Jeff Renner, which you might find on the internets.
  39. pweis909

    pweis909 Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    One of these days I hope to brew a version for the sake of nostalgia. I never had any version of it, but my Dad spoke fondly of it once or twice, when I was a kid, as if that was the best beer he ever had. I never quite understood why he always bought Black Label if Ballantine was the beer he liked. I even remember persuading my Mom to buy him Ballantine once, circa 1975. Only now, decades later, do I realize that the Ballantine available in 1975 was probably a shadow of what my Dad tasted in Newark in the 1950s. Seems like a well researched homebrew recipe may be the best way of going back in time and having one with the old man.
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  40. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    If this one turns out, I can post it. Still in the maturation phase. These were aged, contrary to the current wisdom. I will dry hop with bullion for 5 gallons, and brewers Gold for 5 gallons.

    I had this in 74 or 75, but it probably was on the downside, but there was nothing like it.
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