Homebrew: Juneau Alaska

Submitted by DM on Sun, 29/05/2016 - 21:56

My first brew in the new house in Cockermouth & our kitchen is still too small to do anything else when brewing is occurring.   Encouragingly the hob here doesn't have a toast rack annoyingly over it preventing large brewing vessels being placed on it & god-knows what bugs raining down from it.   I will switch back to an electric system from my current gas set up soon, so I can brew in the garden / garage.

After making rather alot of sour beer as the last brew in the old house that is taking a while to get through, I thought I'd start off with a sure-fire winner with everyone: a session American IPA.   BrewDog released their recipes a few months ago & one of my favourites - Dead Pony Club - was made with Mosaic (my favourite hop), Citra (2nd favourite) & Centennial hops, so I bought some.   This is not a clone, as my current set up needs to move out of the kitchen to reproduce something accurately & it also just wouldn't be my beer!

Juneau Alaska.jpg

Mash: 1 hour

3 Kg of pale malt

50g dark crystal malt

Boil: 1 hour

50g of Mosaic (11.8% a/a) added after 50 mins

50g of Citra (14.9% a/a) added after 50 mins

50g of Centennial (10.3% a/a) added after 50 mins

Cooled with my copper wort chiller, aerated by dropping cold through 2 colanders & pitched with Safale US-05 dry ale yeast.

Dry hopped with 50g of each of Mosaic, Citra & Centennial.

The OG was 1.042 which should give me a pale beer with around 4% alcohol. The calculated bitterness is 82 IBU.

Bottled after 8 days of primary fermentation during hot weather when the fermentation temperature never managed to drop below 20°C.