Saturday, December 4, 2010

Amarillo IPA

After abut five months of no home brew I was really eager to brew up a nice hoppy IPA. I decided to go with all Amarillo hops again. I should really branch out and try some different hops in my IPA but the wife and I both love the grapefruit blast from Amarillo hops, so delicious.

Bright cooper color with a touch of haze from the dry hopping. Fluffy white head that settles into a thin film, slight lacing on the side. Aroma is a big blast of juicy grapefruity citrus goodness. In the mouth, more grapefruit, a little resin, and something a bit sweet, kinda like sweet tea. Finish is a little chalky, dry. Carbonation is spot on. Bitterness is a bit bracing but not overpowering. I've brewed a similar extract recipe twice in the past and I can see myself repeating this recipe at least once a year.

Expected OG: 1.065
Actual OG: 1.063
Expected FG: 1.012
Actual FG: 1.009
IBU: 77
Boil: 90 minutes
Pre-boil Volume: 7.0 gallons
Final Volume: 5.5 gallons
Apparent Attenuation: 86.7%
ABV: 7.33%

13 lbs. Two-row Pale (Briess)
8 oz. Carapils (Briess)
8 oz. Caramel 20 (Briess)

1.5 oz. Amarillo (pellet 8.6% AA) @ 75 min.
1.0 oz. Amarillo (pellet 8.6% AA) @ 20 min.
1.0 oz. Amarillo (pellet 8.6% AA) @ 10 min.
1.5 oz. Amarillo (pellet 8.6% AA) @ Flame Out
3.0 oz. Amarillo (pellet 8.6% AA) Dry Hop

2 Packets Safale US-05

Spring water from Welpman Spring in Morgan County, MO

60 min @ 152° (19.5 qt. @ 167°)
20 min @ 165° (15.5 qt. @ 190°)


Brewed on 9/10/10 by myself.

9/10/10am – mash was a little hotter than I wanted, around 154-155˚ should be ok.

9/10/5pm – pitched yeast at around 72˚ a little warm, put the better bottle in the old kettle and filled with cold water.

9/11 – everything seems to be going well. I'm using frozen bottles of water to keep the fermentation temps down around 70.

9/17/1pm – added dry hops, already smells hoptastic.

9/30/2010 – Bottling Day. 4.6 gal + 74˚ + 1.9 volumes = 2.6 ounces of table sugar. Ended up with 19 x 22 oz. + 6 x 12 oz. + 2 x 500 ml = 4.09 gallons. A little less than I was expecting, good thing I aimed low on the carbonation.