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Session IPA 1

I have been buying way too much session IPA this summer and decided to brew one for myself. This is a light beer, in alcohol and body, but with a huge hop character from the insane amount of hops used to hopburst in the final 10 minutes of the boil.  Here is the recipe I used, originally found at craftedpours.com, Stone Go To IPA Clone.

Expected Specs
Volume: 5 Gal
OG: 1.049
FG: 1.012
IBU: 106.6
SRM: 4.4
ABV: 4.9%
Boil Time: 60 min

Grain Bill
9 lbs Pale 2-Row
6.0 oz Crystal 15
2.0 oz Flaked Wheat

0.5 oz Magnum (14.0% AA) @ First Wort Hopped
1.0 oz El Dorado (15.7% AA) @ 10 min
1.0 oz Citra (12.0% AA) @ 5 min
1.0 oz Crystal (3.5% AA) @ 5 min
1.0 oz Mosaic (11.6% AA) @ 5 min
1.0 oz Sterling (7.5% AA) @ 5 min
0.5 oz Ahtanum (6.0% AA) @ 5 min
0.5 oz Cascade (5.5% AA) @ 5 min
0.5 oz El Dorado (15.7% AA)  @ flameout w/ 30 min steep
0.5 oz Mosaic (11.6% AA) @ flameout w/ 30 min steep
0.5 oz Citra (12.0% AA) Dry Hop for 5 days
0.5 oz El Dorado (15.7% AA) Dry Hop for 5 days
0.5 oz Mosaic (11.6% AA) Dry Hop for 5 days
0.5 oz Sterling (7.5% AA) Dry Hop for 5 days

0.5 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 min

WLP001 California Ale

Tap Water from Longmont, CO

Single Infusion, 155 F

8/31/2014 Brewed by myself

Collected 6.5-7 gallons of wort at a gravity of about 1.037

OG was about 1.043

Chilled to about 80 F or so, transferred to 6.5 gallon carboy, and placed in chest freezer set at 62  to chill over night

My apologies for all the estimates.  It was my first brew day in 3.5 months and the first one in my new house.  I wasn’t too worried about taking good notes, just making sure I did everything correctly and hit numbers that were ballpark to the estimates BeerSmith gave me.

9/1/2014 Oxygenated for 30-45 seconds and pitched 1L starter and increased fermentor temp to 64F to allow free rise in fermentor.  Strong fermentation the next day.

9/9/2014 Primary fermentation is complete.  Dry hopped with 1 oz Citra 1/2 oz Mosaic and 1/2 oz El Dorado.  Lost track of hops at the homebrew shop and forgot to buy one more ounce of Sterling for the dry hop.  So I just added a full ounce of Citra instead.  Hope to be bottling in 5 days on sunday 9/14

9/15/2014 I kegged this yesterday and boy is it tasty.  It still needs a few days to carbonate up fully.  Since this was my first time brewing in several months I didn’t do a great job taking measurements and keeping records, so I don’t know what the final ABV is.  It does, however taste similar to other session IPA’s I’ve had.  It isn’t a clone of Go To but it’s full of tropical mango hop flavor and and aroma.  I don’t think this keg is going to last very long!IMG_0451


My Backyard

It’s the best place to be.  Period.  Depending on the day, I can watch city league softball or little league baseball games from the deck.  I can, almost literally, watch my hops climb their trellis in the corner of the yard. And it smells fantastic, the smell of boiling wort and a freshly opened bag of hops means it must be brew day.

I am a homebrewer and I love it.  Everything about it is awesome.  The brewing process, from the simplest stove top system to the most complex tiered systems, appeals to the Chemical Engineer in me.  The fact that a skilled brewer on either of those systems, and anything else in between, has the ability to make world class examples beer amazes me. Plus, having tasty brews to share with friends and family at the end of it all is the best part of all.

This is my first blog post… ever.  I started this blog as way to help myself learn more about my favorite hobby and beer in general, and my goal is that the information I provide makes you as passionate about homebrewing as I am.

If there are any topics you would like me to cover let me know in the comments below, or you can contact me at beercrab12@gmail.com, and you can also follow me on twitter @beer_crab.

-Beer Crab