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IPA take two

Posted by ebrius on November 17, 2008

Here’s what I think my next IPA is going to look like. It looks very similar to my last recipe, but I’ve decided to add some Centennial hops to mix things up a bit. This might see a little variation depending on how my current IPA ages:

Honorable East India Pale Ale

6lb    Extra Light Dry Malt Extract

1lb    Crystal 60L
.5lb   Crystal 40L
.5lb   Crystal 80L
.5lb   CaraPils

1oz    Cluster    @ 60
0.25oz Cascade    @ 40
0.25oz Columbus   @ 40
0.75oz Centennial @ 30
0.25oz Cascade    @ 20
0.25oz Columbus   @ 20
1oz    Cascade    @ 10
1oz    Cascade    @ DH
1.25oz Centennial @ DH

Yeast:
Wyeast Northwest Ale 1332

Other:
1 tsp Irish Moss @ 15

Priming Sugar:
Corn Sugar

Expected:
OG:  1.058
FG:  1.015
IBU: ~120
ABV: 5.5 %
SRM: 13

This beer ups the bitterness of my current IPA, switches around the hops a little bit, and makes it a little maltier. I won’t be brewing this one for a while, so hopefully when I do I’ll have a kegging system set up!

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IPA is good to go

Posted by ebrius on November 17, 2008

Even though my IPA had only been in the bottle for about a week, I couldn’t help myself and I tried a bottle. The results, amazing. The beer is a little cloudy, but not as bad as I expected. It has a nice rich head that I’m going to credit to the Crystal Malts I used, especially the Carapils. Not only does it look good, but it tastes good as well. The cascades immedienty assault your palete, with the columbus reinforcing them. The columbus and cluster add a nice bittering that is a little sweet as well. The next time I make this recipe, I think I’ll keep it mostly the same. I might add some sweeter crystal malts, and also maybe some Centennial hops as well.

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Busy day at the Brewery

Posted by ebrius on November 10, 2008

Saturday I spent about 5 hours in my kitchen taking care of some beer. I finally got my brown ale brewed, which turned out exactly how I wanted. It has the exact color I wanted and I hit my target gravity. I actually got a little higher then was expected, but that might have been caused by a minor grain bill change at the last minute. I don’t generally sample my wort before it starts fermenting, but the aroma was very pleasant and just what I was looking for, nutty with a very faint hint of coffee.

I also got my IPA bottled, which, to be perfectly honest, tasted kinda watery. I’m going to assume that is because it is still rather green and had priming sugar mixed with it and will taste better in a week or so.

The only bad news is I tried my Christmas ale again, and it isn’t much better then it was before. Its dark, but kinda watery, there is no head, and the ginger and cloves flavor is simply too overpowering. This is definitely one that will be sitting for a while, and will probably end up in loafs of bread more then anywhere else.

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IPA into the secondary

Posted by ebrius on October 21, 2008

I was originally not going to move my IPA to a secondary, but I figured after I forgot to add Irish Moss it wouldn’t be a half bad idea. I moved it yesterday and added some Goldings hops to it. I tried a sample before I moved it and it tasted very good. Aroma was amazing and the bitterness was about were I wanted it. The flavor was a little weak, but it was a warm unaged beer, so I think it will get better. Next time I will probably add more flavoring hops.

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Another weekend, another homebrew

Posted by ebrius on October 12, 2008

Yesterday marks the fourth homebrew that I have brewed thus far. Overall, the brew went very well. I picked up some new equipment recently (kitchen scale, digital thermometer) and it was very useful. The only mistake that I made was that I forgot to add irish moss to the boil, so this one might be a little cloudy. But as long as it tastes good, cloudy beers really don’t bother me.

Instead of storing the beer in my basement I but it in my bedroom closet because my basement is getting a little cold to brew. I woke up this morning smelling hops, a mix of fruggles and cascade, very interesting, but I hope the beer doesn’t end up smelling like that, since it smelt more like spiced fruit, we’ll see how its going in two weeks when I add the extra hops.

Depending on how bad the smell gets or how much my roommates complain, this one might be going back down into the basement.

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Getting Ready for the IPA

Posted by ebrius on October 7, 2008

This is going to be my first attempt at my favorite beer style, India Pale Ale. Like most hop heads, i love the overbearing, bitter, refreshing flavor of IPAs. This beer is going for one thing, Hops. I was thinking of making a balanced IPA, with a balance of maltiness and bitterness, but then I thought, “Whats the fun in that?”

Honorable East India Pale Ale

6lb  Extra Light Dry Malt Extract

1lb    Crystal 40L
.375lb Crystal 20L
.375lb Crystal 60L
.25oz  CaraPils

0.5oz  Columbus      @ 60
1oz    Cluster       @ 60
0.25oz Cascade       @ 50
0.25oz Columbus      @ 40
0.25oz Cascade       @ 30
0.25oz Columbus      @ 20
1oz    Fuggles       @ 10
0.75oz Cascade       @ 10
1.25oz Cascade       @ 0
1.25oz Cascade       @ DH
1oz    Kent Goldings @ DH after two weeks

Yeast:
White Labs California Ale WLP001

Other:
1 tsp Irish Moss @ 15

Priming Sugar:
TBD

Expected:
OG:  1.058
FG:  1.015
IBU: ~100
ABV: 5.5 %
SRM: 10

As you can see, I’ll be adding hops throughout the entire boil in the hopes of brewing a very complex hops flavor. I was worried that too many specialty grains would distract from the hopiness, so I chose to go with about 2lbs of standard Crystal Malt, which might be a little much, but we will see. I also added some CaraPils in the hope of improving head retention, I’ve never used it before, so we’ll see if it really does anything. Whats interesting about this one is that I’ve decided not to move it to a secondary, and I will instead dry hop at increments while the beer is still in the primary. The ingredients should arrive today, which will give me enough time to prep the yeast and brew this weekend. I plan to move my Christmas Ale into a secondary the same day I brew this.

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