Itâ€™s safe to say Vinnie Cilurzo, owner and brewmaster of Russian River Brewing Company, knows a thing or two about making hoppy beers. His double IPA, Pliny the Elder, has earned the title ofÂ Zymurgyâ€˜s Best Beer in America for sixÂ consecutive yearsâ€”and this year readers also named Russian River Americaâ€™s top brewery. The full results ofÂ Zymurgyâ€˜s Best Beers in America are published in theÂ July/August 2014Â Zymurgy, which AHA members can access instantly online.
We asked Vinnie for a few tips about making great IPAs, and here is what he had to say:
1. Donâ€™t go Crystal crazy.
Keep crystal malts to a very low percentage of your total grist bill. Too much crystal malt can hide some of the really nice aromas and flavors contributed by the hops.
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