Hibiscus Red IPA

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  1. Cory001

    Cory001 New Member

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    I would like some feedback on a recipe I have been working on.

    My intentions are to brew a vibrant red ipa. It should lean more towards the bitter side than the malt, but not be a west coast. Maybe around 60 IBUs. Also, the flavors should be floral and slightly(ever so slightly) fruity. Hints the raspberries going in the boil. And the ABV around 5.5%

    For this I have chosen:
    6.5 ounce dried hibiscus with 5 mins left in the boil.
    1 pound frozen raspberries going in during chill down 180-145 F for 30 mins to pasteurize.

    Thank you in advance!


    HOME BREW RECIPE:
    Title: Hibiscus Red IPA

    Brew Method: All Grain
    Style Name: Specialty IPA: Red IPA
    Boil Time: 60 min
    Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermenter volume)
    Boil Size: 7.08 gallons
    Boil Gravity: 1.042
    Efficiency: 75% (brew house)

    Hop Utilization Multiplier: 1

    STATS:
    Original Gravity: 1.054
    Final Gravity: 1.011
    ABV (standard): 5.57%
    IBU (tinseth): 61.66
    SRM (morey): 14.12
    Mash pH: 5.39

    FERMENTABLES:
    8.9 lb - Pale 2-Row (82.3%)
    244.36 g - Red X (5%)
    244.36 g - Caramel / Crystal 60L (5%)
    135.93 g - Roasted Barley (2.8%)
    244.36 g - American - American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) (5%)

    HOPS:
    32 g - Chinook, Type: Pellet, AA: 11, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 46.18
    14.17 g - Amarillo, Type: Pellet, AA: 8.6, Use: Boil for 20 min, IBU: 9.68
    14.17 g - Amarillo, Type: Pellet, AA: 8.6, Use: Boil for 10 min, IBU: 5.8
    28.35 g - Amarillo, Type: Pellet, AA: 8.6, Use: Dry Hop for 2 days

    MASH GUIDELINES:
    1) Strike, Temp: 151 F, Time: 60 min, Amount: 3.4 gal
    2) Vorlauf, Temp: F, Time: 10 min
    3) Fly Sparge, Temp: 170 F, Time: 45 min, Amount: 3.6 gal
    Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb

    OTHER INGREDIENTS:
    6.5 oz - Hibiscus, Time: 5 min, Type: Herb, Use: Boil
    1 each - Whirlfloc, Time: 5 min, Type: Water Agt, Use: Boil
    5.5 tsp - Yeast Nutrient, Time: 5 min, Type: Other, Use: Boil
    1 lb - Raspberries (frozen), Time: 0 min, Type: Flavor, Use: Boil
    5.62 g - Gypsum, Time: 0 min, Type: Water Agt, Use: Mash
    1.74 g - Epsom Salt, Time: 0 min, Type: Water Agt, Use: Mash
    5.2 g - Calcium Chloride (dihydrate), Time: 0 min, Type: Water Agt, Use: Mash
    3.7 g - Baking Soda, Time: 0 min, Type: Water Agt, Use: Mash
    6.5 ml - Lactic acid, Time: 0 min, Type: Water Agt, Use: Mash

    YEAST:
    White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001
    Starter: Yes
    Form: Liquid
    Attenuation (avg): 76.5%
    Flocculation: Medium
    Optimum Temp: 68 - 73 F
    Fermentation Temp: 67 F
    Pitch Rate: 0.35 (M cells / ml / deg P)

    PRIMING:
    Method: co2
    Amount: 8.15 psi
    CO2 Level: 2.25 Volumes

    TARGET WATER PROFILE:
    Profile Name: Balanced Profile
    Ca2: 80
    Mg2: 5
    Na: 25
    Cl: 75
    SO4: 80
    HCO3: 100
    Water Notes:

    NOTES:
    Add salt additions to total volume of water while heating up. Then separate between MT and HLT.

    Check mash ph and adjust as necessary 5.2 - 5.4.

    Allow raspberries to thaw. Mash up the fruit. When chilling the wort remove the chiller once 180 degrees is hit. Add fruit into a clean hop basket or muslin bag. Steep for 30 mins maintaining temp above 145 degrees.

    Ferment under pressure at 12psi and 67 degrees.
     
  2. Minbari

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    looks insteresting. never brewed with flowers so I am very interested in seeing how it turns out.

    I have an IPA that I brew with juniper berries, so I like to see other people's experiments too.
     
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    Our brewery brews a red IPA with beet powder for color and it's very vibrant
     
  4. Cory001

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    Yes beet root powder would be a good substitute indeed. But, how do you get the perception of hibiscus? If you were to want that perception. Also, Im using hibiscus because I live in Fl and grow them in my yard. So I thought it would be a fun experiment. Thank you for your advise! Cheers
     
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    I agree, it seems yo be a solid recipe. You can't know for sure how it will be until you brew it. But you should get a not-sweet but fruity red beer from that.

    The Amarillo will be present as the majority of floral I think. Never tried hibiscus, but you should get a little of the flavor.

    Please let us know how it turns out!
     
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    #6 Sandy Feet, Jan 24, 2023
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2023
    I haven't played with Red X, but the rest of the grain bill seems like you would come out with something looking like an ESB.
    I'm in Florida too, and we have a place locally that makes a tasty Red IPA. It is closer to the 6.8% range though.
     
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    Iliff Avenue Brewhouse Well-Known Member

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    At only 5%, I wouldn't bother with the red X
     
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    Cory001 New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback. Now you all have me thinking about skipping the Red X. But I ask why you guys say that?
     
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    #9 Iliff Avenue Brewhouse, Jan 25, 2023
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2023
    I have used red x extensively. To me it's a more intense munich malt and not really a specialty malt. Personally, I would use at least 20% or skip it altogether. That's just me though. It's your beer!

    https://bestmalz.de/en/malts/best-red-x/
     
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    At 5%, it might be a Pale Ale, but a Red Pale Ale sounds very good. Irish Ale Yeast in a hoppy beer sound good (Ideas for self for the future):)
     
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    Thank you! So I adjusted the bill and removed the red x, just added it back to the 2row. The srm only dropped a half point. Im gonna guess with the q pound of raspberries and 6.5 ounce hibiscus it wont be needed. Thank you for your help.
     
  14. Cory001

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    True, but I am shooting for an IPA lol
     
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    Your recipe looks great. Try using some Special B to help balance the flavor and SRM.

    Ingredients:

    • 8 lb 2-row malt
    • 1 lb Caramel malt
    • 0.5 lb Special B malt
    • 0.5 lb Crystal malt
    • 2 lb Raspberries (added during boil)
    • 2 oz Citra hops (60 min)
    • 1 oz Galaxy hops (15 min)
    • 1 oz Citra hops (5 min)
    • 1 oz Galaxy hops (0 min)
    • American Ale yeast
    • 1 tsp Irish moss (15 min)
     

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