Poll

Just wondering what people most often do for their IPAs and why?

Boil (+-flame out) hops and nothing else.
0 (0%)
Boil (+-flame out) hops and dry hopping.
19 (32.8%)
Boil (+-flame out) hops and whirlpool/hopstand
4 (6.9%)
Boil (+-flame out) hops and whirlpool/hopstand plus dryhopping
34 (58.6%)
Other
1 (1.7%)

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IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« on: May 11, 2017, 05:21:37 AM »
IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 06:22:41 AM »
If flameout and whirlpool/hopstand hops are different answers, could you clarify? I'm not sure which I would be doing.
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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 12:31:29 PM »
 In my mind,  flameout is a zero minute addition and then you immediately cool to pitching temperature. Whirlpool/hopstand is an addition at or after zero minute where you let the hops steep at some temperature for sometime before rapidly cooling. (With or without stirring or pump whirlpooling).
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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 02:15:50 PM »
Bittering, flameout, and dry hops for me.

I tried hopstand a couple of times but it was difficult to hit my temperatures right which led to inconsistent results. Plus, I am all about shortening my brew session length. I don't brew IPAs that often so I just go with what works for me.
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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 02:35:14 PM »
Bittering, flameout, and dry hops for me.

I tried hopstand a couple of times but it was difficult to hit my temperatures right which led to inconsistent results. Plus, I am all about shortening my brew session length. I don't brew IPAs that often so I just go with what works for me.

I brew IPA a lot, but I seldom do whirlpool hops.  I didn't seem to get anything I can't get from dry hopping.
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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 03:43:17 PM »
I've been doing the whirlpooling thing lately, but I'm not positive that it's necessarily much better than flameout & dry hopping alone.  Actually if memory serves, I did whirlpooling without flameout on my last batch.  Plenty of hop flavor and aroma, but like I said, not sure if I might have gotten the same results with just "regular" flameout instead of whirlpool.  Meanwhile, nothing can replace dry hopping, which I'd always use in an IPA.  For APA though I might skip dry hopping (personally) and only do flameout or whirlpool, one or the other, probably don't need to do both.
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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 04:41:46 PM »
Bittering, flameout, and dry hops for me.

I tried hopstand a couple of times but it was difficult to hit my temperatures right which led to inconsistent results. Plus, I am all about shortening my brew session length. I don't brew IPAs that often so I just go with what works for me.

I brew IPA a lot, but I seldom do whirlpool hops.  I didn't seem to get anything I can't get from dry hopping.
I've never been convinced that is with the time on a homebrew scale, when you can chill your wort down to 100 F in under a few minutes. Im planning on replicating the brulosophy experiment on it to be safe later this month though.

I like dry hopping in the keg, and usually do a 60/10 minute addition on brewday.

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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2017, 06:18:56 PM »
60min, a large charge with 10-20min left in the boil, and then a big charge once I hit 185df and then whirlpool for 30 min.  dryhop after fermentation is complete.
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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2017, 07:28:40 PM »
Lagers - 60 min boil addition and possibly late boil additions (style dependant). No whirlpool/steep or dry, with the exception of 'IPLs'.

Belgian ales - same as above, ie., kettle only additions.

American ales - 60 min boil addition, all/flavor aroma additions at cooling to 175F (steeped 20-45 mins), then dry hopped.
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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2017, 07:46:53 PM »
Lagers - 60 min boil addition and possibly late boil additions (style dependant). No whirlpool/steep or dry, with the exception of 'IPLs'.

Belgian ales - same as above, ie., kettle only additions.

American ales - 60 min boil addition, all/flavor aroma additions at cooling to 175F (steeped 20-45 mins), then dry hopped.
Same here, but have not done any Belgian styles as of yet
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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2017, 07:59:49 PM »
I make IPA a few different ways. My favorite is with a flameout addition only with a long, hot whirlpool. For others it is 60 minutes, plus whirlpool, plus dry hops.

I use a massive amount of hops (4+ ounces per gallon in whirlpool and 2 oz/gallon dry hops), but I've had issues with muddy/grassy/unpleasant hop character on and off. I'm still been playing with different variables to try to isolate the best approach for my tastes, but I'm not there yet.
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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2017, 10:57:33 PM »
I do 60, flameout, and an addition @180 while recirculating CFC to whirlpool in the kettle.  I stopped my 10 min addition because of the extra bitterness I get from my flameout hops. I find myself using less hops at 60. I usually dry hop about 15oz total in 12 gallons. I'm going to move to dry hopping in the keg. I bought a couple stainless hop tubes that I found to be useless for dry hops, but may make a great filter over the keg diptube.


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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2017, 11:01:43 PM »
I make IPA a few different ways. My favorite is with a flameout addition only with a long, hot whirlpool. For others it is 60 minutes, plus whirlpool, plus dry hops.

I use a massive amount of hops (4+ ounces per gallon in whirlpool and 2 oz/gallon dry hops), but I've had issues with muddy/grassy/unpleasant hop character on and off. I'm still been playing with different variables to try to isolate the best approach for my tastes, but I'm not there yet.

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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2017, 08:46:31 AM »
Pretty much any hopping technique should yield good beer.  Its pretty forgiving.  Myself, I haven't used a 60m addition in years but I do like a few ounces at 15m but for a long time was WP only + DH.  I would say if one is questioning whether the WP is working or not, you need to be stirring or ideally recirculating.  That's the key.  https://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/34093 

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Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2017, 12:38:31 PM »
I do 60 minute, 30 minute, then the bulk after boil- stir let settle 5 minutes then start draining through cfc which takes another 10 minutes. And then dry hop