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American Pale Ale With Decoction

September 3rd, 2016

So I’m out of pale ale! I’ve been happy with what I’ve been brewing but time for a few tweaks as an experiment. Bruce Baker is always talking about a small decoction being awesome with his so I’ll try it with mine. Also going to just move the bittering addition back as a first wort hop. Oh and finally I’m using BestMaltz because the homebrew shop was out of Weyermann which I’d been using.

Update 9/5/2016

Well this has been one of those brew days. Started pouring raining during the run off. Had to fix the pump when the mash started. Had the hardest time getting the wort to run clear during the mash. Lots of stuck lines due to the grain getting clogged.(I’m guessing I need better stainless washers for the Blichmann screen) Just a total pain in the ass. Skipped that decoction just because enough was already problematic. I think all this is a combination of me not brewing for several months due to life as well as the total disarray of my brew room and garage due to the great flood which had us taking on my inlaws. The gravity came out high at 1.050 which shouldn’t be a problem and will likely help with the bitterness dude to the first wort hopping with the centennial.

Update 9/14/2016

Fermented out fine. Added dry hops once it was mostly done. 2 ounces of Amarillo and 2 ounces of Centennial which I believe is different from the recipe. That stayed for about 7 days. Transferred and carbonating. One note on this batch from the brew day: I forgot to add the crystal until the mash was about 80% done.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 60 min 44.3 IBUs 9.0 SRM 1.046 1.011 4.5 %
Actuals 1.046 1.01 4.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 18 B 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 50 5 - 10 2.3 - 3 4.5 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsen (BestMälz) 7 lbs 66.27
Munich (BestMälz) 3 lbs 28.4
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L 3 oz 1.78
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 3 oz 1.78
Special B Malt 3 oz 1.78

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Centennial 1 oz 60 min First Wort Pellet 10
Amarillo 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 9.2
Centennial 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 10
Mosaic (HBC 369) 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 12.3
Citra 2 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 12

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 10.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 154°F 60 min

Notes

Doing a hop stand at 160ish for 15 minutes. Adding the bittering hops as a first wort hop addition.

Marzen 2016 Oktoberfest!

June 26th, 2016

I already can’t wait for the Fall! One week in to Summer and I’ve had enough! So in the spirit of getting ready for Fall I brewed up a nice Marzen today. It’ll be on the pale side for this style but in the past I didn’t enjoy those which had Crystal or Melanoidin malts. I thought about doing a decoction but didn’t think I’d have the time today.

June 26 Update:
Brew day went perfectly fine. The gravity ended up high at about 1.061. I guess we’ll see how it ends up! Going to pitch WLP830 from my previous small batch lager. I have more than enough for 10 gallons.
July 4, 2016 Update
Visible fermentation has stopped almost completely. The final gravity is currently around 1.017 which is a little high for style. It’s bitter enough though which holds up to it. After about a week I brought the temperature up closer to 65F for a few days. Going to leave it in the 50’s for a few more days before bringing it down to 40F. Hopefully it’ll dry out a tad more but either way it’ll be very drinkable. Has a nice herbal lemon hop thing going on to support the soft bready aromas you expect out of this beer.

July 25, 2016
This beer is really wonderful. A nice high carbonation gives the impression of dryness appropriate to this style. Bready, toasty with a nice rich maltiness that doesn’t hit sweet. It’s color is a little too golden for the oktoberfest style but who cares. Call it a festbier if you like! Will easily drink all 10 gallons. Will rebrew and add a decoction to gauge effects.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
11 gal 90 min 23.8 IBUs 6.6 SRM 1.057 1.012 5.8 %
Actuals 1.061 1.01 6.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Marzen 6 A 1.054 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.014 18 - 24 8 - 17 2.5 - 3 5.8 - 6.3 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (Weyermann) 15 lbs 55.56
Munich (BestMälz) 7 lbs 25.93
Vienna (BestMälz) 5 lbs 18.52

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 1 oz 70 min Boil Pellet 13
Hallertauer Hersbrucker 1 oz 15 min Boil Pellet 2

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
German Lager (WLP830) White Labs 77% 50°F - 55°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Saccharification 152°F 60 min
Mash Out 168°F 10 min

May American IPA

May 24th, 2016

Brewing up a small IPA / Big pale ale. Hopefully going to be a great drinker. The last one I brewed with 50/50 munich/pilsner was decent but not great. Brew day went fine with around a 1.058 OG. Had a short boil so we’ll see if the whole DMS thing comes to fruition. I doubt it with this beer.

Update July 4, 2016
Although this beer came out great I didn’t get near the hop aroma I want out of an IPA. So research research research and I came upon an article from BYO on hop aroma. Well I realized I’d been creeping my dry hop additions up further because of an article I read in Zymurgy concerning Sierra Nevada adding dry hops during fermentation to get more fruitiness and less grassy. Pro brewer advice from a few notable breweries(Vinnie Cilurzo at Russian River) in the BYO article seem to indicate that you lose a lot of oil that way and can in fact hurt your aroma.

So the beer is half gone and I enjoy it. So I bottled a few and now I’ll be dropping some dry hop in to the keg. I figure 1 ounce of Citra for roughly 2.5 gallons should do fine. Using these tea balls I have hanging around should keep them from stopping up the out on the keg. Will update this again around July 15th!

The BYO article was “Advanced Dry Hopping”. Google it. I don’t link to outside sources because they tend to go away over time.

Update 7/5/2016
So I went ahead and dropped a tea ball with one ounce of Citra in my Hippidy Hoppidy rebrew from a couple of months back. The beer was just meh on hops likely due to the same reasons posted above. Well give it roughly 24 hours and the beer is much better and now something I like to drink. The Citra is very pronounced in the aroma and the front of the flavor. It smooths out in to that hop flavor that was there from the late boil additions pretty nicely as a transition. That beer like this IPA exhibited little hop aroma despite getting a nice charge of dry hop and knockout hops. I’m currently convinced a post gelatin fining addition is necessary to produce maximum aroma and flavor. I added the one ounce to the Citra IPA and we’ll see what it’s like in a few days.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 30 min 57.1 IBUs 9.4 SRM 1.058 1.015 5.6 %
Actuals 1.046 1.01 4.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American IPA 21 A 1.056 - 1.07 1.008 - 1.014 40 - 70 6 - 14 2.4 - 2.9 5.5 - 7.5 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 7 lbs 58.95
Munich 10L (Briess) 3 lbs 25.26
Carapils (Briess) 8 oz 4.21
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L 2 oz 1.05
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L 2 oz 1.05
Special B Malt 2 oz 1.05
DME Golden Light (Briess) 1 lbs 8.42

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Galaxy 1 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 15.2
Centennial 2 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 10
Amarillo 2 oz 3 min Boil Pellet 9.2
Amarillo 2 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 9.2
Centennial 2 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 10
Simcoe 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 13

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 8.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 153°F 75 min

German Pilsner 1.5 Gallon Attempt B

May 20th, 2016

Given the first attempt was more shaking out the bugs in the new brewing system this will be drastically different than the first. Switched to Saaz in this recipe because I initially intended to use Saaz but couldn’t find any in my freezer. In this second attempt everything is larger. The boil volume is 3 gallons with the hope of getting 2 in the fermenter.

On a side note I got my torpedo keg in from Morebeer. Man it’s a nice little thing. Interesting enough the keg says 1.6 gallons even though the Morebeer website lists it as 1.5 gallons.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
2.3 gal 70 min 37.2 IBUs 4.6 SRM 1.048 1.009 5.1 %
Actuals 1.046 1.01 4.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
German Pils 5 D 1.044 - 1.05 1.008 - 1.013 22 - 40 2 - 5 2.5 - 3.2 4.4 - 5.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 4 lbs 96.97
Melanoidin (Weyermann) 2 oz 3.03

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Saaz 1 oz 70 min Boil Pellet 3.8
Hallertauer 0.13 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 2.4

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 4.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 2.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 2.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
German Lager (WLP830) White Labs 77% 50°F - 55°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 150°F 75 min

German Pilsner 1.5 Gallon Attempt A

May 14th, 2016

So this will be my first go at brewing 1.5 gallon batches of beer. Lately I’ve had an interesting go of it with brewing beers I’ve not perfected yet. American stout and American porter came out mediocre at best. I straight dumped about 8 gallons of the stout because to me it was undrinkable. My 10 gallons of German pilsner were very nice and a great lager but I want world class. I mean hell who wants to drink 8 gallons of great lager when you want great German pilsner? So I’m going to try my hand at small batches. It’ll allow me to do induction brewing in my beer room with air conditioning. It’ll allow me to take up less room and not have to waste so much if it doesn’t end up well. Most importantly it’ll allow me quick turnover to perfect some of these recipes that require very honed in recipes and practices.

So I’d already built a small mash tun for single infusion brewing. It’s a 5 gallon water cooler. I purchased a 5 gallon induction ready pot off Amazon. Also picked up a 1800 watt induction cook top on Amazon. I already had a couple of 3 gallon better bottles I purchased a few years back to small brew lager batches. I think this small scale will give me good feedback on new recipes. It’ll also allow me to brew in the air conditioning and do it quickly. Time is always tight with kids.

This will be German pilsner rebrew of the recipe I brewed a few months back. Feedback from 2 different judging sessions was scattered at best. From what I can tell it needed improvement in two places. 1. It wasn’t bitter enough or hoppy enough. So Going to give it late hops and a bit more bitterness. 2. Improve maltiness yet make it dry. So adding a tad of melanoidin malt. Also going to make it a bit more carbonated to impress dryness since the last beer was dry enough as far as gravity was concerned.

Update 5/17/2016

So the brew day went very smooth in terms of process. I did have a few issues in regards to volume. The volume ended up a little low due to my Beersmith equipment profile being off in the calculations. The beer will be pretty close in it’s original gravity at 1.05 but I’ll be lucky to end up with a gallon. I suppose I didn’t think about the loss to trub and the boil off not being linear things when scaling down to a 1.5 gallon batch. So we’ll see how this guy ends up but I’ve already concocted the Attempt B to try again.

All in all it was a lot of fun to brew in the air conditioning with the control of the electric cook tops and the small size, weight and cost. I ordered a 1.5 gallon Torpedo keg from Morebeer.com and am looking forward to trying that out. Hoping to end up with a stack of 4 of those kegs in my kegerator along side 3 regular rotating beers so that I can experiment without having to waste or choking down a bad beer.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
1.8 gal 60 min 38.8 IBUs 4.8 SRM 1.045 1.009 4.8 %
Actuals 1.046 1.01 4.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
German Pils 5 D 1.044 - 1.05 1.008 - 1.013 22 - 40 2 - 5 2.5 - 3.2 4.4 - 5.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 3 lbs 96
Melanoidin (Weyermann) 2 oz 4

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Hallertauer Hersbrucker 0.55 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 6
Hallertauer 0.13 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 4.8

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 4.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 2.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 2.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
German Lager (WLP830) White Labs 77% 50°F - 55°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 150°F 75 min

Hippidy Hoppidy Rebrew

May 1st, 2016

Floated the rest of the last keg I had. I really enjoyed the brew for Zapp’s so we’re brewing it again. Adding a tad more crystal 40 and made minor changes to the hop schedule. Basically a little less simcoe and more mosaic.

The brew day was April 30 and went fine. Beer came out around 1.048 original gravity. Pitched and was bubbling well within 24 hours.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 30 min 43.9 IBUs 8.5 SRM 1.048 1.010 4.9 %
Actuals 1.06 1.01 6.6 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 10 A 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 45 5 - 14 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Munich Malt 5 lbs 45.45
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 5 lbs 45.45
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 8 oz 4.55
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 8 oz 4.55

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Galaxy 1 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 15.2
Centennial 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 10
Citra 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 12
Simcoe 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 13
Centennial 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 10
Citra 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 12
Mosaic (HBC 369) 2 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 12.3

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 11.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 8.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 152°F 60 min

Notes

Didn't have as much pilsner on hand as I thought I did. Luckily I had pilsner DME at the houes. Original plan was to use Magnum for bitter but ran out so used Columbus instead.

Harley of Barley 2016 Edition

April 13th, 2016

Time to brew the American barleywine again. This year it was a little different in that I modified the recipe to brew 10 gallons at once. I also brewed it earlier in the year so it’ll be perfect come October.

Additionally there were some recipe tweaks this year.

  1. I removed the little bit of chocolate malt I used.
  2. The gravity has also been reduced in order to reduce some of the alcohol based on multiple competition feedback.
  3. The hops have been increased based on multiple competition feedback.
  4. Because we’re using DME which wouldn’t finish as dry as my 142F mashed all grain work, I’m using a pound of table sugar to dry this out some.

Update: 4/23/2016

Fermentation is complete at 1.017 so quite dry. The beer tastes like you’d think a young barleywine should taste. It’s pretty abrasive and the alcohol is more pronounced that I wanted. Probably going to leave the table sugar out next time but this time next year this beer should be great.

Update 4/30/2016

This beer is already quite clear and you can certainly see it’s potential to be a great beer. Extremely hoppy going in to the keg. Will carbonate and bottle in about a week. I’m pretty excited given that I just tried one of the doppelbocks I bottled after correcting my carbonation issues. I think this will be the best version of the barleywine yet. Carbonation has always been an issue and I think I finally have it down.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
10 gal 120 min 83.7 IBUs 18.7 SRM 1.100 1.021 10.5 %
Actuals 1.1 1.01 12.0 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Barleywine 19 C 1.08 - 1.12 1.016 - 1.03 50 - 120 10 - 19 1.8 - 2.5 8 - 12 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 15 lbs 33.33
Munich Malt 12 lbs 26.67
Rye Malt 6 lbs 13.33
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 2 lbs 4.44
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 1 lbs 2.22
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L 8 oz 1.11
Special B Malt 8 oz 1.11
Light Dry Extract 7 lbs 15.56
Sugar, Table (Sucrose) 1 lbs 2.22

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) 2.25 oz 90 min Boil Pellet 18
Challenger 2 oz 90 min Boil Pellet 7.1
Bramling Cross 1 oz 90 min Boil Pellet 6
Amarillo Gold 4 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 8.5
Citra 4 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 12
Galaxy 4 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 14
Simcoe 4 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 13

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 10.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 143°F 90 min

Notes

Pitching on Safale 05 yeast cakes from previous American Pale Ale batches. One had an American porter in it also. Unlike previous years I am not adding the cane sugar. Recurring judge note was that the alcohol could be a little more restrained.

American Porter

March 24th, 2016

Given that I’ve been brewing a bunch of American ales and didn’t have a bunch of luck with the American stout I’m going to try an American porter. Much simpler recipe formulation this time with caution to ensure it’s slightly roasty yet not abrasive.

Update 3/25/2016

Brew day went really well. Original gravity was about right on. On these last couple of American beers I’ve done 30 minute mash and 30 minute boil Combine that with this JaDeD Hydra chiller which takes 5 gallons down to pitching in less than 10 minutes and I’m done brewing from opening the door to closing in about 2 hours 15 minutes. Brew day is no longer a 4 hour event! The wife certainly appreciates that as weekend hours are at a premium. The beer smells and tastes very nice. Pitched it on top of the yeast cake from the Amber which I transferred in to kegs today also.

Update 4/23/2016

I quite enjoy this beer. It has a little bit of a bite on the end but all in all it’s very nice and has been a go-to beer for me over the past two weeks.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 60 min 35.9 IBUs 32.0 SRM 1.057 1.015 5.5 %
Actuals 1.046 1.01 4.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Porter 20 A 1.05 - 1.07 1.012 - 1.018 25 - 50 22 - 40 2.3 - 2.9 4.8 - 6.5 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 10 lbs 76.92
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 1 lbs 7.69
Munich (BestMälz) 1 lbs 7.69
Black (Patent) Malt 8 oz 3.85
Carafa II 8 oz 3.85

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) 0.75 oz 25 min Boil Pellet 15.5
Amarillo 1 oz 10 min Boil Pellet 9.2
Amarillo 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 9.2

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Calcium Chloride 8.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Lactic Acid 8.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 156°F 60 min

Guardians of the Galaxy Amber

March 20th, 2016

So Deadpool Stout came out sucking pretty bad. It’s muddled, it’s astringent and it’s a little offensive.(sort of like Deadpool I guess) So serving it for Zapp’s has been deemed a bad idea. I’m going to age it a couple of months and see if it straightens out to drinkable. But I still have to go to Zapp’s in two weeks and have been craving an Amber. So I’m brewing a version of Jamil’s amber.

Brew day 3/22/2016
Brew day went extremely well. 30 minute mashing, 30 minute boil and this new Hydra chiller from JaDeD brewing took 10 gallons down to pitching temperature in 15 minutes which is excellent given the relatively warm ground water here. Completely blew away what I thought was sold as a 10 gallon chiller I purchased for $100 a couple of years ago. It’s certainly work the money.

From start to closing the garage doors took me 3 hours which is a new record for me. Pitched the yeast right then and there and had a healthy fermentation going this morning when I peeked in the chamber. Original gravity was high at 1.070. I did a last minute change in additions changing the 1 ounce additions for finishing hops to .75 ounce to avoid over-hopping. This beer will be extremely tasty.

Update 4/23/2016
A good beer no doubt but not something I’ve been able to drink a bunch of. If I brew another amber it’ll be less caramel.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
11 gal 30 min 35.2 IBUs 16.2 SRM 1.051 1.010 5.5 %
Actuals 1.046 1.01 4.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Amber Ale 6 B 1.045 - 1.056 1.01 - 1.015 20 - 40 11 - 18 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 5.7 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 18 lbs 74.23
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 2 lbs 8.25
Munich Malt 2 lbs 8.25
Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L 1 lbs 4.12
Victory Malt 1 lbs 4.12
Carafa I 4 oz 1.03

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) 1 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 15.5
Centennial 1 oz 10 min Boil Pellet 10
Galaxy 1 oz 10 min Boil Pellet 14
Centennial 1 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 10
Galaxy 1 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 14

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 10.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 150°F 75 min

Hippidy Hoppidy – American Pale Ale

February 28th, 2016

My wife and I are brewing this real nice American pale ale for Zapp’s beerfest. Also going to bottle about a 12 pack for competitions over the next 3 months. A slightly lighter version won a lot of praise last year at Zapp’s and in competitions so I’m optimistic. Adding Mosaic to it and probably nudging the dry hop up more than what’s below. The Hippidy Hoppidy name is something Michelle cooked up because she didn’t want me naming her beer Hopasaurus Sex again.

Brew day on 2/28 went fine. The OG came in around 1.06 which I was happy to see. I didn’t have enough pilsner on hand and had to use all my DME to bump it up. The math was fuzzy with the volumes but it came out at an acceptable gravity.

Update 3/8/2016

Final gravity came in around 1.09 which is pretty much on target. It basically tastes like hop water. Which means the hop heads should love it.

Update 3/16/2016

Beer is carbonated and tastes fantastic. Probably the best IPA / Pale ale I’ve ever made. In the past I had a lingering astringency that even in my best examples came through and left lingering doubts over the quality of my pale ales. This one did not display that. The only notable change I made was switching off the Magnum I’d been using and it was my primary suspect. So I’ll rebrew again with a different bittering hop and see if the results hold true. Have to fine with gelatin so we can double transfer for Zapps to avoid stirred up sediment embarrassment.

Update 4/26/2016

We ended up bringing some of this beer home from Zapp’s and I’ve had a pint or two here or there for the past few weeks. over the weekend right before it kicked it was remarkably smooth yet very hoppy. Going to brew this again very soon. I think my taste buds don’t jive with the conventional wisdom that the freshest possible IPAs are the best. Or perhaps when they say brewery fresh it means something different than home brewery fresh. Perhaps professionally brewed IPAs take several weeks to a month before they are even available brewery fresh? All I know is I have preferred my American pale style ales at about 3-5 weeks after putting it in a keg.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 90 min 41.4 IBUs 8.0 SRM 1.060 1.013 6.2 %
Actuals 1.06 1.01 6.6 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 10 A 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 45 5 - 14 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Munich Malt 4 lbs 38.1
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 4 lbs 38.1
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 8 oz 4.76
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 4 oz 2.38
Light Dry Extract 1.75 lbs 16.67

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Columbus (Tomahawk) 1 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 16
Centennial 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 10
Citra 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 12
Centennial 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 10
Citra 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 12
Mosaic (HBC 369) 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 12.3
Simcoe 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 13

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 152°F 60 min

Notes

Didn't have as much pilsner on hand as I thought I did. Luckily I had pilsner DME at the houes. Original plan was to use Magnum for bitter but ran out so used Columbus instead.
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