I’ve had bad luck with all the IPA variations I’ve tried so far, so I wanted to take a shot at building my own recipe. I looked at some pale ale recipes that looked good, and then bumped up the grain and hops to push this into the IPA style. I started peppering in whatever leftover grains I had on hand (Victory, CaraMunich II, and Caramel 40L) and made due with the hops leftover from previous batches (Centennial, Citra, Falconer’s Flight, Cascade, and Columbus). I used a British Ale yeast strain (WLP005) which I already had a starter going for.
Since my main hop additions were Falconer’s Flight, I was hoping this would really highlight that hop, but it really didn’t. The British yeast took forever to flocculate, so during the peak freshness of the beer, it had a pretty severe yeast haze. I wouldn’t use this yeast again for that reason alone.
The name comes from my obsession with IPAs. I also hope it will be a mainstay of the brewery, so inserting the brewery’s name seemed like a good idea.
Overall, I really like this beer, and will be brewing it again switching the WLP005 for the WLP001, and also lessening the first hop addition to lower the overall bitterness. I also want to change the base malt from German Pilsener to 50% 2-row, and 50% Munich to give it some more body.
Brew Date: November 22, 2012
Kegged On: December 9, 2012
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||ABV|
|5 gal||90 min||46.983330||8.960578||1.060||1.014||6.193746|
|German Pilsner Malt||7 lbs||57.14|
|German Munich Malt||4 lbs||32.65|
|US Victory Malt||12 oz||6.12|
|US Caramel 40L Malt||8 oz||4.08|
|US Zythos||0.5 oz||90 min||Boil||Pellet||10.9|
|US Simcoe||0.5 oz||20 min||Boil||Pellet||13|
|US Mosaic||0.5 oz||10 min||Boil||Pellet||11.6|
|Japan Sorachi Ace||0.5 oz||10 min||Boil||Pellet||12.6|
|US Simcoe||0.5 oz||1 min||Boil||Pellet||13|
|US Mosaic||0.5 oz||1 min||Boil||Pellet||11.6|
|Japan Sorachi Ace||0.5 oz||0 min||Boil||Pellet||12.6|
|US Amarillo||1 oz||0 min||Dry Hop||Pellet||9.2|
|US Columbus(Tomahawk)||1 oz||0 min||Dry Hop||Pellet||15.5|
|US Simcoe||1 oz||0 min||Dry Hop||Pellet||13|
|Irish Moss||0.07 oz||15 min||Boil||Other|
|White Labs WLP001-California Ale||77%||32°F – 32°F|
|Rest at||154.4°F||60 min|