Homebrew: OTT AIPA

Submitted by DM on Sun, 02/03/2014 - 11:24

Getting a good price on some Cascade hops from Al via Rich meant I could use a few more than normal - alright a load more!   Due to a small complication of a recent hospital operation, I cannot lift 20 litres of liquid so have made a half size batch & enlisted some help.

Mash: 1 hour 10 min. The temperature was 50°C for the first ten minutes then raised to 67°C for the remaining hour & five mins.

2.2 Kg Maris Otter Pale Malt

100g Crystal malt

Boil: 1 hour.

50g of Cascade (8.6% a/a) added at 30 mins into the boil

100g of Cascade added at 45 mins into the boil

100g of Cascade added at 55 mins into the boil

100g dry hopped into the cool wort after chilling

This yielded 13 litres of wort. The handy calculator gives me a bitterness of about 175 IBUs although most of the hops are added late in the boil or dry hopped meaning this should be way hoppier than this bitterness level suggests. The OG was 1038 & FG 1008 which should give me an alcohol level around 3.9%.

US-05 yeast was taken from a bottle of Swan Song & pitched straight into the cool wort.

Bottled on 09/03/14

Verdict after 1 week: very hoppy - but not as much as I thought it would - citrussy as expected. Some malt sweetness still & not quite clear yet. This should be great in another fortnight.

Verdict after 2 weeks: a little drier now & mouth tingly zesty hoppy with a powerful aroma of grapefruit. Super stuff of I say so myself.

Verdict after 4 weeks: this beer never quite cleared, but a good dry & massively hopped session AIPA.