Columbus IPA Tap Handle

Columbus IPA Tap Handle

One of the things I like to experiment with in my brewing is making single hop ales.  It really allows you to see what a particular hop variety brings to an ale.  To take this one step further (and feed my background as a former science teacher:), I like to take a recipe for a single hop ale, and brew it again, changing only one thing – the variety of hop.  Basically, this means keeping the hopping schedule, individual hop charge IBU percentages and overall brew IBUs identical to the original ale.  Tomorrow, I’ll be taking my Two Hearted IPA recipe, and changing only the hop variety – from Centennial hops (my hands-down favorite, only one hop to brew with on a desert island:) to Columbus hops.

Additionally, I’ll be bottling up a few bombers of the Two Hearted IPA, since I know the second keg will be gone before the Columbus IPA is ready, to allow for side by side comparisons of the two ales.  I just finished filtering my water and milling the grain for tomorrow’s brew day.  As always, the milled grain smells wonderful:)

Here’s the recipe for tomorrow’s brew day:

Columbus IPA
14-B American IPA

Size: 10.08 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 317.28 kcal per 16.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.071 (1.056 – 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.018 (1.010 – 1.018)
Color: 7.27 (6.0 – 15.0)
Alcohol: 7.03% (5.5% – 7.5%)
Bitterness: 61.1 (40.0 – 60.0)

20.0 lb Pale Malt(2-row)
4.0 lb Vienna Malt
10.0 oz Crystal Malt 10°L
6.0 oz Crystal Malt 40°L
1.0 lb Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt
.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
.75 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 45.0 min
.80 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
1.0 lb Corn Sugar
1.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
2 ea Whirlfloc – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2000 mL White Labs WLP001 California Ale

Milling grain for Columbus IPA

Milling grain for Columbus IPA

One other difference in this brew from the Two Hearted IPA is the yeast.  Unfortunately, I’m out of Pacific Ale yeast, but I’ll be restocking soon since a trip to B3 is in my near future.  This ale should dry out just a bit more than Two Hearted IPA, but I can adjust for that with a slightly higher mash temperature.

Brenda is off to San Franciso in the morning to take up another load of stuff to Meagan at AAU, so I’m on my own for the brew day.  Unfortunately, Meagan is using my older PowerBook G4 at school, until the new MacBooks are released in a couple weeks, so my iTunes server is MIA. I’ll have to rely on Sirius for brew day tunes:)

5 Responses to Columbus IPA Brew Day Tomorrow

  1. SteveoooBbrewin says:

    I can almost smell the mash on my LCD…. Did i read a 3B run in the future??? Im sure that run would include a stop at some local unnamed brew pub. If there is an empty seat by chance I know a guy????? He only needs a few small items from 3B and maybe one sack of grain so he wont take up much room. :o)

  2. Mark Ranes says:

    You’re at the top of my passenger list. And of course, a stop at EJ Phair is on the agenda! 🙂

  3. Mark Ranes says:

    At 8:00 am this morning, the airlock blew out of one the Columbus IPA carboys. It hit the ceiling! I put a new, clean airlock on it within 30 seconds and with the positive pressure of the venting CO2, I’m not worried about contamination.

    My last 10 or so batches haven’t been wild fermentations, so I didn’t use blow-off tubes on this one. Strangely, I had a weird feeling about this one. I thought it might blow. I should listen to my intuition…

  4. SteveoooBbrewin says:

    Bummer….. Nice save to get it covered in 30 sec. What did you change in your starter or your yeast for this batch???

  5. Mark Ranes says:

    Not really sure. I used two very fresh vial os While Labs WLP001, Cal Ale yeast – not that different than other brews. Go figure.

    The airlocks blew off two more times so I gave up and put on blow-off tubes.

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