« on: May 24, 2011, 08:15:26 PM »
I'm thinking of trying an American style IPA (my target is about 60 IBU and to try dry hopping for the first time) and I've looked at a lot of recipes but I'm really not sure what to do because most of the ones I've looked at have ingredients that I don't have on hand and it's a pain to order them. Based on the following grain's available, can I do something good? I was planning to do Denny's Rye PA recipe but I don't have any dextrine malt or the Mt Hood and Columbus hops.
I've got 2-row, C 45, C120, wheat malt, pilsner malt, vienna malt and rye malt. Also have a bit of chocolate malt, roasted barley and a bit of carafa II that I thought was de-hulled but it does not say "Special" on it so I am thinking maybe it isn't (any advice on how to tell?) I also have a bit of Maris Otter that I'm not happy with because all the beer I make are very cloudy so I'm saving it until fall to use in some stouts.
Does it matter what the grain bill is within reason since the hops are the star of the show?
Also, would you mix Cascade and Amarillo? Which would you choose for flavour and which for aroma/dry hop? I see Simcoe and Amarillo together a lot but as you know, Simcoe is hard to find. What else would you use with Amarillo? I only have a couple ounces so I can't do it all or I'd try Fred's Amarillo recipe.