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Offline BrodyR

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Re: Is an IBU and IBU?
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2015, 10:05:47 am »
What's going through my head now is wondering if I'll get a smoother bitterness than a CTZ first wort by getting all my IBU's from the hop stand.

Assuming I would still add the same amount of hops to a 170f hop stand (that would make hop stands) and dry hop additions I'd end up using a lot more hops by subbing a small FWH charge for a flameout hop stand so the favour would probably increase. Essentially:

Current:
30 IBU's at FWH
1oz/gallon 170f Hop stand
1 oz/gallon dry hop (split in 2 additions)

or

Proposed:
30 IBU's at a flameout hop stand.
1oz/gallon 170f Hop stand
1 oz/gallon dry hop (split in 2 additions)

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Re: Is an IBU and IBU?
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2015, 10:19:20 am »
You'll definitely get a smoother bitterness doing all hopstand additions, but I don't perceive the IBUs the way the software lists them. In other words, you might not feel like you got quite the bitterness you wanted. I like a reliable 60 min addition to get a predictable bitterness, and the then steep the rest (for American styles).  In terms of getting a smoother bitterness, I like Warrior or Magnum for smooth bitterness, Columbus (or Chinook) for a more coarse IPA type bitterness. Try the same recipe bittered with Warrior and you'll be surprised how much smoother the bitterness is.

EDIT -  OTOH, there's no harm in experimenting. You'd still make a good beer. My only issue is the predictability of the bitterness.
« Last Edit: March 11, 2015, 10:30:08 am by HoosierBrew »
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Re: Is an IBU and IBU?
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2015, 10:40:30 am »
Damn...that's great!  Close enough to "make the best beer possible with the least effort possible while having the most fun possible "!
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Re: Is an IBU and IBU?
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2015, 10:45:41 am »
Damn...that's great!  Close enough to "make the best beer possible with the least effort possible while having the most fun possible "!


Now THAT is a great slogan!    ;D
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Re: Is an IBU and IBU?
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2015, 01:23:30 pm »
Damn...that's great!  Close enough to "make the best beer possible with the least effort possible while having the most fun possible "!


Now THAT is a great slogan!    ;D

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Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

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Re: Is an IBU and IBU?
« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2015, 01:27:11 pm »
Damn...that's great!  Close enough to "make the best beer possible with the least effort possible while having the most fun possible "!


Now THAT is a great slogan!    ;D

It's my homebrewing mantra!

Yep, hits the 3 key points for me.
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