Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wayward Imperial IPA

There have been some pretty bitter IPA's brewed here last year. Since the Columbus IPA, I've been thinking about brewing another IPA like it, just a bit more intense. As the first wort to drain from the main Parti-Gyle mash, it entered the kettle at a pre-boil SG of 1.071. Since the gravity typically rises about 10 points after an hour boil, I was happy to see the OG going to be near what I was hoping for.

If you've ever tried Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, and ended up loving it, then we have something in common. I love that beer! It's gonna take some time to get to that point in my imperialistic pale ale brewing adventures, but I hope this is in the ballpark.

I love the look of a very pale, crystal clear IPA/IIPA. It's a deceiving look. Very pale, yet very intense in flavor! I imagine pilsener malt, very light crystal (10L), with a touch of aromatic malt, make up the grain bill for these brews. But I was already set on using my organic pale ale malt and some medium-light crystals.

As for hops, its got about 88 IBUs of hop bitterness spread throughout a one hour boil. Centennial is doing most of the work here, but I've tossed in a special blend of both Chinook and Columbus for interest and intensity. The "blend" in the formula is 1/3 Centennial, 1/3 Chinook & 1/3 Columbus. I haven't decided yet how much dry hops to use, but I think it'll be around 1.5 ounces of the special blend.

Going into the fermenter, it tasted like fermented beer. Solid bitterness, sweet flavor and a ton of hop flavor and aroma. Within an hour the wort was beginning to bubble, with some heavy hoppiness coming through. I hope it turns out wayward, in the right direction, as it pours into the glass.

Wayward Imperial IPA

Grain Bill...See 1st Parti-Gyle

.80 oz. Centennial, 9.1%, pellet, 60min
.80 oz. Centennial, 9.1%, pellet, 30min
1.0 oz. Centennial, 9.1%, pellet, 20min
.40 oz. Centennial, 9.1%, pellet, 10min
.60 oz. C - Blend, 11%, pellet, 10min
1.2 oz. C - Blend, 11%, pellet, 5min
1.2 oz. C - Blend, 11%, pellet, KO
1.5+oz. C - Blend, 11%, pellet, Dry

Wyeast 1056: American Ale yeast cake

Brew Day Stats

Brewed: May Day 2009
Racked: 5/15/09
Bottle & Keg: 5/22/09

H2O/Grain Ratio: 1.25 qt/lb
Sacch. Rest Temp/Time: 151°F/60min

Pre-Boil Vol: 5.5gal
Pre-Boil SG: 1.071
Boil Time: 60min
Post-Boil Vol: 4.5

OG: 1.081
IBU: 88
Color/SRM: golden/7
Ferment Temp: 68°F

FG: 1.014
ABW: 7%
ABV: 8.8%

Read about the Small Beer part of this big batch here.

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