Homebrew: Sun Outage

Submitted by DM on Wed, 12/04/2017 - 23:11

Having not brewed an IPA in quite a while it was time again.   Not wanting a heavy, authentically accurate India Pale Ale I've used American hops with a reputation for giving the tropical fruit flavour I love in IPAs.   I've made it a low strength alcohol beer as I prefer the taste of beer to the effects of them on me, also to keep it light & quaffable.

Mash - 1 hour 10 mins starting at 68°C and dropping to 63°C at the end.Sun Outage

2 Kg pale malt

50g acid malt

100g crystal malt

2g MgSO4

1g CaSO4

Boil - 1 hour

60g El Dorado hops (14.8% alpha acid) 30 mins before end of boil

110g El Dorado hops 15 mins before end of boil

5g of Irish Moss added 10 mins before end of boil

Chilled using my wort chiller & splashed through 2 colanders - to aerate it - into the fermentation vessel containing Mangrove Jack's M44 US West Coast yeast & 100g of El Dorado as dry hops.   The OG was 1.034 & PG at bottling of 1.010, which should give me a beer of 3.3% alcohol once the priming sugar has done it's job.   17 litres of wort were collected in the FV.

Bottled after 8 days at 18°C and 1 day at 11°C to help clear it.

This is amazing if I say so myself!   A pale ale with a super tropical fruity hoppiness in spades.   A gentle malt sweetness that will dry out as the beer ages.   I'm looking forward to my next brew which will be this exact same beer, but with Chinook hops instead of El Dorado.

This is the most amazing beer I've brewed for a long, long time.   Plenty of peachy, tropical fruit hoppiness, some decent bitterness - but not harsh in any way.   At 3.3%alcohol it is refreshing, but not watery at all.

I am in love with this beer & hoping it will be a hit with my friends.