5 hours ago
Saturday, October 30, 2010
boring old ipa...
I drink a ton of this stuff yet seem to find it somewhat boring to brew. I'm not exactly sure why, maybe the simple grain bill or the complications that come with blending a myriad of hop choices into a focused conglomerate. Either way, I don't think I have ever brewed an IPA that has been kick ass enough for me to stop experimenting.
This one is inspired by Lagunitas: it's big, hoppy, and dextrinous as hell. Twice this week, I have been drinking Lagunitas beers and trying to guess the FG's only to look them up and be shocked at how high they are. To me, all their beers taste like they finish at 1.015 yet are most often in the 1.017 - 1.025! range. This definitely goes against the Vinnie logic of always finishing around 1.012, yet seems to strike a different type of balance in my opinion.
I'm hoping this beer finishes out around 1.018; preferably with most of that non fermentable sugar coming from the high mash temperature. 80 ish IBU's is where I usually put my bitterness for IPA's of this gravity but I bumped it up to 96 to account for all that extra body.
Oh, and the Lyle's Syrup? I put it in most of my English beers so why not an American IPA. It lends easily ferment able sugar along with a toffee like flavor to the finished product.
LAGUNITAS INSPIRED IPA
7.5 Gallon Pre boil
6.5 Gallon Post boil
76% 2 row
9.4% domestic munich
9.4% domestic C-10/C-20 even mix
4.8% Lyles golden syrup
157 degree mash for 90 minutes
60 minute boil
Magnum@14.4% 28.5 grams @ 60 minutes
Amarillo @8.6% 28.5 grams @ 10 minutes
Columbus@14.6% 28.5 grams @ 10 minutes
Simcoe @ 12.2% 28.5 grams @ 10 minutes
Amarillo @8.6% 28.5 grams @ 0 minutes
Simcoe @ 12.2% 28.5 grams @ 0 minutes
US - o5 yeast
pitched @ 65 and let rise slowly to 68
This is a sweet find that I got for free from my work. An electric stand alone burner that I can use indoors or outside with an extension chord.