I like a good IPA as much as the next guy, but I feel as if I am perhaps unfairly critical of the style. Decided to brew something new to me, a honey wheat IPA. Seemed like a good summer beer.
Honey Wheat IPA
Style: American IPA
0.5/4.1/Acid Malt (for mash pH)
Am. Ale yeast (US-05)
Stats: SRM 5, IBUs 66, ABV 7.0% (Est. O.G. 1.062, measured 1.063)
4.5 Gallons strike @161, mashed 1 hour @149F. 4 gallons sparge water.
Decided that I wasn’t ready to let go of wintery beers, and brewed up a coffee stout. I’ve brewed several american stouts and oat stouts, but have never done anything with coffee before, and it seemed like a fitting evening beer for hanging out on a crisp spring evening. The recipe includes some oats for body, and plenty of dark roasted malts, as well as a fair kick of columbus for bitterness (though not too much…), I made a ripping big starter, probably bigger than necessary but I was a little unsure about the strength of the saved yeast I used, so aimed a bit bigger than typical.
1.25/9.1/Roasted Barley (breiss 300 SRM)
0.75/5.5/Chocolate Malt (Breiss 350 SRM)
Am. Ale yeast (1056)
Will keg onto cold-brewed coffee, maybe 3 oz in 20 oz water?
Stats: SRM 41.5, IBUs 44.5, ABV 6.8% (Est. O.G. 1.065, measured 1.063)
4.15.2015-prepared 1.3L starter w/ saved WY1056 vial, dropped vial into starter-should sanitize vials before trying to pitch(moron)
4.18.2015-morning brew day. Mashed in w/ 5.5 gallons strike (1.6 qt/lbs), heated 4 gallons sparge water, hit volume before mash ran dry. Mashed @152*, Rapid fermentation within 8hrs
Decided to brew another iteration of the pale I brewed a couple weeks ago (here). I thought the Vienna contribution was a little over the top, so toned it back a touch, also moved to a more moderate hop schedule. I liked the Citra, but thought it was a bit one dimensional. Will see how this works out!
Style: American Pale Ale
Am. Ale yeast (1056)
Stats: SRM 6.8, IBUs 31.8, ABV 5.0% (Est. O.G. 1.049, measured 1.050)
4.4.15 Made 1 liter starter using 1056, strong fermentation overnight, should be good
4.5.15 4.5 gallons strike water, mash at 151F, subbed citra/Amarillo combo for Columbus as bittering hop due to availability. Heated 4 gal sparge water.
Another english beer! This weekend, trying an ESB. I’ve had mixed luck with the style historically, from lackluster to really tasty, most notably a Challenger heavy ESB on the really tasty end. After some promising hop flavors from the brown I brewed two weeks ago, I figured I’d try out Target in an ESB.
Stats: SRM 11, IBUs 44, 5.4% ABV
Made 1.2L starter from saved WY1318 (London III)-4.2.15 (evening)
Mashed with 4.5 gallons, @152 F. ~3.9 gallons sparge water (6.5 gallons needed in kettle, plus 0.5 gallons loss to FB)
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