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Dryhop Imperial Red or Just Whirlpool?
« on: October 14, 2017, 01:18:32 PM »
Working on an imperial red/amber for the holidays but i keep going back and forth on whether to dryhop it or not, or whether to just do a longer whirlpool (>45min).  any thoughts or opinions out there?

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Recipe: IMPERIAL RED ALE
Brewer: Blatz
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Amber Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 15.41 gal
Post Boil Volume: 13.54 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 13.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 13.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.075 SG
Estimated Color: 14.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 62.7 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 77.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 77.0 %
Boil Time: 70 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
15 lbs                Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        43.5 %       
10 lbs                Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)         Grain         2        29.0 %       
6 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (6.6 SRM)              Grain         3        17.4 %       
1 lbs 12.0 oz         Caraaroma (130.0 SRM)                    Grain         4        5.1 %         
1 lbs 12.0 oz         Carared (20.0 SRM)                       Grain         5        5.1 %         
0.75 oz               Apollo - 2012 [18.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min  Hop           6        17.9 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Cascade 2015 [9.30 %] - Boil 15.0 min    Hop           7        11.9 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Citra 2015 [14.10 %] - Boil 15.0 min     Hop           8        18.1 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Simcoe 2015 [11.60 %] - Boil 15.0 min    Hop           9        14.9 IBUs     
2.50 oz               Cascade 2015 [9.30 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  Hop           10       0.0 IBUs     
2.50 oz               Citra 2015 [14.10 %] - Steep/Whirlpool   Hop           11       0.0 IBUs     
2.50 oz               Simcoe 2015 [11.60 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  Hop           12       0.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [124.21 Yeast         13       -             

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Re: Dryhop Imperial Red or Just Whirlpool?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2017, 02:33:14 PM »
I guess it depends on what you're going for, Paul. An oz dry/5 gallons could be nice in a big amber, but obviously the whirlpool will give you some nice aroma as well. Sounds good either way!
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Re: Dryhop Imperial Red or Just Whirlpool?
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2017, 06:40:52 PM »
Looking for a balance in the aroma - don't want to cover up the great crystal malty and tasty aromas but some hop punch would be good.  Maybe a small dose like you suggest would be just right


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Re: Dryhop Imperial Red or Just Whirlpool?
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2017, 04:11:58 AM »
They each give a different character. I think the whirlpool gives a deep aroma character and the dry hop gives a fresh hop aroma character. I would do both.
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