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Re: Is a good, low ABV IPA possible?
« Reply #30 on: June 29, 2010, 01:01:58 PM »
keep in mind that if your goal is to have the same mouth feel and balance as an IPA with a light (1.040-) beer you need to add some non-fermentables some way (higher mash temp) to achieve this. if you want bone dry beer (nothing wrong with that) then don't worry about it

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Re: Is a good, low ABV IPA possible?
« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2010, 01:22:50 PM »
keep in mind that if your goal is to have the same mouth feel and balance as an IPA with a light (1.040-) beer you need to add some non-fermentables some way (higher mash temp) to achieve this. if you want bone dry beer (nothing wrong with that) then don't worry about it

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Bone dry would accentuate the hops more, but I think a medium boby would allow for SOME supporting malt presence and give the beer a little more complexity. Maybe somewhere in between bone dry and medium would be best to allow those hops to shine.
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Re: Is a good, low ABV IPA possible?
« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2010, 01:25:00 PM »
I say, screw it all and just pir a half glass of IPA instead of a full glass. :D
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Re: Is a good, low ABV IPA possible?
« Reply #33 on: June 29, 2010, 02:34:20 PM »
I say, screw it all and just pir a half glass of IPA instead of a full glass. :D

Yes that would be a low IPA.  ;)
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Re: Is a good, low ABV IPA possible?
« Reply #34 on: June 29, 2010, 09:18:41 PM »
keep in mind that if your goal is to have the same mouth feel and balance as an IPA with a light (1.040-) beer you need to add some non-fermentables some way (higher mash temp) to achieve this. if you want bone dry beer (nothing wrong with that) then don't worry about it

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I agree, you need to keep some body.  I'm tempted to use 100% 2-row and mash a little higher than normal. 

I just did a 100% 2-row ale.  Starting gravity came out a little higher than expected - 1.047 - with 25 IBUs and finished with 1oz of Crystal at 20 and another 1oz at flameout.  Used S-05 and it finished at 1.011.  I thought it was excellent, and it proved to be a very popular beer with friends and family.  So I figure why not try something similar with say Cascades or Amarillo?

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Re: Is a good, low ABV IPA possible?
« Reply #35 on: June 30, 2010, 05:34:56 AM »
I say, screw it all and just pir a half glass of IPA instead of a full glass. :D

Yes that would be a low IPA.  ;)

Last night I drank 4 half pints of IPA instead of two pints. Not only did I drink 4 beers instead of two but think of all the calories I saved! :D
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Re: Is a good, low ABV IPA possible?
« Reply #36 on: June 30, 2010, 05:36:31 AM »
well done!!!!


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Re: Is a good, low ABV IPA possible?
« Reply #37 on: June 30, 2010, 07:28:47 AM »
What if you just keep drinking IPA until you throw up?  Wouldn't that be like drinking calorie-free IPA?