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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 %

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 %


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


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


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


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 153°F 75 min

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