Friday, May 8, 2015

Scrappy Hound House IPA #1

Homebrewed IPAs.  My nemesis.  I've brewed quite a few, I've tasted quite a few, and they're always lacking something from top tier commercial examples.  It's a brightness, a cleanness, something that I can't ever achieve in a homebrew setup.  It's happened so much that I'm convinced you can't homebrew a top tier commercial quality IPA (and you DEFINITELY can't if you bottle condition).  

That being said, I'm an idiot and stubborn and tried to brew one.  I was shooting for a Hill Farmstead style IPA.  High mineral content, back loaded hops to produce a very light bitterness, and a smooth drinking experience.  I also took a page out of Noble Ale Work's Shower series which I believe are 100% golden promise malt, or at least they lean heavily on it.

This might be my last hoppy beer for awhile.  I'm tired of being disappointed, these beers aren't cheap and there are a ton of locally available hoppy beers that will quench my thirst.  

IPA #1

3 gallons
74% efficiency
60 minute boil

7 lb Golden Promise (100%)

0.5 oz Chinook (60 min)
0.25 oz Citra (15 min)
0.25 oz Amarillo (15 min)
0.25 oz Centennial (15 min)
1.75 oz Citra (Whirlpool)
0.75 oz Amarillo (Whirlpool)
0.75 oz Centennial (Whirlpool)
1 oz Citra (Dry Hop)
1 oz Amarillo (Dry Hop)
1 oz Centennial (Dry Hop)

Wyeast 1318 @ 66F.  Mashed at 150F.

OG 1.063 | FG 1.011 | ABV 6.9% | IBU 58

Ca 176 | Mg 2 | Na 62 | Cl 110 | SO4 254 | HCO3 203

4/18/15: Brewed

4/29/15: Gravity down to 1.018.  Cold crashed and added gelatin.

5/4/15: Dryhopped

5/10/15: Bottled.  FG 1.011.  6% ABV.

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