Homebrew Number Two
So it seems that I have too much time on my hands despite being too lazy to post up some more beers from my trip. Due to the fact that I’ve still got no word of a start date for my new job, I thought I’d do something productive and make some more beer. As the old adage goes: “Gotta make beer while the sun shines, and you don’t have to go to work”.
My first IPA has just been sent to the bottles, and it comes out to be about 5.9%, with a big hit of bitterness. In a few weeks I can crack one open and see if all the effort paid off!
This time round, I’ve gone with a 2 gallon Dog Fish Head 60 Minute IPA clone (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/dogfish-head-60-minute-clone-ag-extract-25709/) with a few modifications. I didn’t have access to any Warrior or Simcoe, so I scaled up some Cascade for bittering (instead of Warrior), and used Citra instead of Simcoe.
I learnt from my first IPA and had the brew supply shop mill the grains (what a massive effort that was to smash the grains with a rolling pin!) and went straight from the boil to chilling. Also, because I’m brewing in a bag, to bring the wort up to the required boiling volume, I did a makeshift sparge step, pouring a few litres of hot water through the bag. I know this isn’t normally required with BIAB, but I thought it might help things along.
In the end, the ‘beer’ was big on the sweet malts (think that non-alcoholic malt beer you can buy from the shops), with a nice hoppiness and bitterness too. In about five days time I’ll dry hop with Citra and Amarillo, and hopefully I have an absolutely awesome beer!
I’ve been pining to do an IPA homebrew for a while, and have finally found enough time to embark on such an endeavour. I took a basic IPA recipe from the net, did some research and added in my own changes. I also decided to do a small batch, which ended up at about 3.5 L of wort in the end, just for the sake of convenience.
So I thought I’d post up the recipe, and some final thoughts/concerns from the brew. To all the homebrewers reading this, scrutinise and advise to your heart’s content!
32 cups water
1 lbs/450 g Carapils malt
1 lbs/450 g Grain Export Pils malt
0.5 lbs/225 g Munich malt
0.5 oz/14 g Cascade hops at 60 mins to flameout
0.25 oz/7 g Citra hops at 10 mins to flameout
0.25 oz/7 g Citra hops at flameout
10.5 g Sulfale US 05 Dry Ale Yeast
I also left the wort to sit for about 45 minutes before cooling and pitching the yeast. Tasting the wort after getting the OG (which was 155), it was all bitter - none of that Citra aroma or flavour to it at all.
Using a rolling pin to crush the grains is a pain in the ass! Don’t know if it’s worth getting a Corona Mill from now on?
Leaving the wort to sit for 45 minutes after flameout was silly, in hindsight. I have a feeling that this led to the absence of aroma and flavour in the wort. Would this be a correct assumption? I may try to dry hop it in the secondary to overcome this.
Anyway, it was great fun, and if it turns out terrible, I’ll have hopefully learned what not to do for next time. And if it turns out good, well then… I’ve got some good beers to drink!