Thursday, March 22, 2012

Old Glory IPA

As a fan of all types of craft beer one professional brewer you should know is Matt Brynildson.  His understanding, usage and devotion to hops is unmatched.  He is the force behind the growing trend of late whirlpool hop additions.  Personally, this has worked great for me on all of my "Search for the perfect pale" adaptations, 4C's Red RIPA and my Evergreen Pale Ale. 

Having my Blickmann HopRocket is a lifesaver and a hindrance.  The build, materials and craftsmanship are top notch but the process of using it leaves a little to be desired.  I ended up with a 4 gallon net.  Once the trub drops I think I will end up with a 3 gallon batch.

But on the positive side, I dropped a 5" length of Honeycomb into the beer for the 1st 24 hours of active fermentation.  I'll add more on that later.

Old Glory
American IPA


Type: All Grain
Date: 3/21/2012
Batch Size: 6.00 gal
Brewer: Chris Lewis
Boil Size: 6.87 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): TBA Brewhouse Efficiency: 80.00
Taste Notes:
Amount Item Type % or IBU
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 74.63 %
1 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 7.46 %
1 lbs Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 7.46 %
9.6 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 4.48 %
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.73 %
4.8 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 2.24 %
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (60 min) Hops 19.1 IBU
0.50 oz Citra [12.00 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Bravo [15.50 %] (60 min) Hops 42.3 IBU
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (10 min) Hops 6.9 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (0 min) (Aroma Whirlpool) Hops -
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hopback) Hops -
0.50 oz Citra [12.00 %] (0 min) (Aroma Whirlpool) Hops -
1 Pkgs Edinburgh Ale (White Labs #WLP028) [Starter 35 ml] Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.064 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.068 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.017 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.12 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 7.40 %
Bitterness: 68.3 IBU Calories: 300 cal/pint
Est Color: 7.0 SRM Color:
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Temperature Mash, 1 Step, Full Body Total Grain Weight: 13.40 lb
Sparge Water: 4.29 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.4 PH
Temperature Mash, 1 Step, Full Body
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Saccharification Add 16.75 qt of water and heat to 152.0 F over 15 min 152.0 F
10 min Mash Out Heat to 168.0 F over 10 min 168.0 F
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Kegged (Forced CO2) Volumes of CO2: 2.4
Pressure/Weight: 21.6 PSI Carbonation Used: -
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 60.0 F Age for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F
Looking for a low hop wort addition beer with a big whirlpooled hopped charge experiment. Using the washed cake from my Irish Red. I hope this brings out the maltlyness containing the bitterness. The aroma should be unchanged.
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This beer was a bitch to brew.  My use of the hopback is subpar for a whirlpool addition.  I ended up getting it clogged and lost about 1.5 gallons of wort.  I really need some sort of valve installed on the hopback that could bypass the clog and keep the whirlpool going.  I have to think about this.  The aroma that the hopback adds is so intense it needs to be addressed. 

I have some tasting notes up on the final product.  Old Glory IPA Tasting Notes. 

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