Brewing a strawberry NEIPA and I have a few questions/issues...

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  1. JMG1994

    JMG1994 New Member

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    Hello all,

    So I will be starting home brewing shortly and after my friend and I make a German Hefeweizen this coming week, we will tackle a strawberry NEIPA. While using BF for calculating everything, I have found an issue with my calculated IBUs. On the recipe page, it is showing it being between 36-38 where as the independent calculator is showing IBUs near 100. Could someone point me in the right direction to which one is correct? I have also calculated it by hand and it was giving me 36IBU at a much lower amount of PG. Also, since I will be going for a strong strawberry flavor, would adding a small amount of strawberries to the whirlpool or fermenter smart? I know the Pacific Gem and the Belma hops will give me some flavor but I have no clue how strong.

    See below for my recipe and if you have any questions, ask away! Thanks for your help!

    Target OG: 1.073
    Final OG: 1.018
    Calc. ABV: 7.18%
    Calc. IBU: 36.74

    Size: 1 gallon small batch ( May go up to 2 gal )

    Mash Type & Temp: Single Infusion @ 154F

    Grain Bill
    American-Pale 2-Row: 1.8lb 64.3%
    Flaked Oats: .5lb 17.9%
    German-Pale Wheat: .22lb 7.9%
    American-Caramel/Crystal 80L: .28lb 10%

    Hop Schedule
    .4oz 19%Utilization Pacific Gem Boil 60min 26.85IBU
    .1oz 8% Utilizaton Belma WP 30min 5.63IBU
    .06oz 5% Utilization Galaxy WP 15min 3.20IBU
    .03oz 5% Utilization Belma WP 15min 1.06IBU
    .3oz 0% Utilization Belma DH 5 Days
    .3oz 0% Utilization Pacific Gem DH 5 Days

    Yeast
    White Labs - Burlington Ale WLP095 at 68F
     
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    philjohnwilliams Well-Known Member

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    I am curious as to where you got your hop utilization numbers from?
     
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    That's usually attributable to a setting in the "more" section. If you have no-chill options active, IBUs will jump in the recipe calculator. Check all the parameters and make sure you're comparing apples to apples.
     
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    I saw a site (if I find it again, i'll drop a link) where there was an utilization chart which had OG vs. boil time. Mine was right around 19%. And for the others, just going on different forums and researching. I would imagine utilization would decrease as temperature decreases, especially past 180F. Of course correct me if I am wrong...trying to learn as much as I can over the next couple weeks. Thanks.
     
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    I'll check it out...my chill option is an ice bath and should be selected. Something could definitely be wrong on my end. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    J A Well-Known Member

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    Not necessarily in the profile settings, but in the "more" drop-down in recipe editing the no-chill hop utilization setting. May be something else entirely, but a place to check. Make the recipe sharable and link it. Somebody can usually find the glitch.
     
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    Strawberries are really light on flavor. Proper hop selection to compliment will help, but your probably going to want at least 1 lb per gallon of berries. 1.5 is most likely even better. A bit of lactose and flavoring agent would not be uncommon. I'd add the berries at end of fermentation and allow any additional fermentation to take place.
     
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    Thanks thunderwagn..appreciate the help. Do you prefer whole, fresh berries or frozen? I glanced online and it seems everyone has their own opinion on the matter.
     
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    I did a strawberry wheat beer recently in keg atm added 3.5 kg to 20 lt batch and as thunder said it's a low flavour threshold thing but I can taste them but it's on the lighter side.
     

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