Monday, June 9, 2008

Cascade IPA

This is a beer brewed by a couple new friends with my help. Since they already had one pound of Cascade pellet hops, all I had to do was come up with a good malt base for a rockin' pale ale. And until we cut open the vacuum sealed hop package and caught a powerful citrus whisp, to be honest, I was a little weary as to their quality. It turned out to be the absolute freshest Cascade hops I've ever smelled! Truly unbelievable! As we poured the wort into the fermenter, it smelled as good as any high-end IPA in the commercial craft beer arena.

This is one of two beers that resulted from 11 gallons of wort from one main mash. The other beer is a smoked amber ale. The recipe below is adjusted to the 6.25 gallons of run-off used to make a 5 gallon IPA. Combining 3.125 gallons from the first sparge, and 3.125 gallons from the second sparge gave us the pre-boil SG 1.044 and volume.

Not a whole lot of blow-off foam pushed out, but notice the large, crystal clear bubbles in the collection cup. Most of the time, blow-off foam is more cloudy with smaller bubbles. Interesting!

Cascade IPA

Grains
7.75 lbs. Organic 2-Row Pale Malt
0.45 lbs. American & Faucett Crystal 40L
0.45 lbs. Faucett Crystal 60L
0.45 lbs. CaraPils
0.22 lbs. Belgian Biscuit

Hops
2.50 oz. Cascade, 4.9%, pellet, 60min
1.25 oz. Cascade, 4.9%, pellet, 20min
1.25 oz. Cascade, 4.9%, pellet, 8min
1.50 oz. Cascade, 4.9%, pellet, KO
1to2 oz. Cascade, 4.9%, pellet, Dry

Yeast
Wyeast 1056: American Ale (about 6 Tbs of collected yeast cake)

Brew Day Stats

Brewed: 6/8/08
Racked: 6/24/08
Bottled: 7/15/08

OG: 1.053
IBU: approx. 72
Color/SRM: Deep Gold & Copper/9-11
Ferment Temp: mid 70's-80°F

FG: 1.010
ABW: 4.5%
ABV: 5.6%

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