Citra IPA Tomorrow

On October 8, 2009, in Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes
Citra IPA Tap Handle

Citra IPA Tap Handle

Batch 90

I’ll be brewing with the Citra hops that Ralph Olson, of Hop Union, sent me last week.  They are wonderfully aromatic and I can’t wait to see how this brew turns out.  At last evening’s Central Valley Brewers Guild gathering, several of the members were drooling over the hops. This recipe will be the standard malt bill used for all of my single hop experiment ales.  The hops are adjusted to keep the bittering levels the same for all hop additions, throughout the brew.  This allows me to see what any particular hop brings to the ale.

I’m way ahead on my contract days at work, so I’m taking tomorrow off to brew.  I’m looking forward to a quiet morning, surrounded by the aroma of very fresh hops!

Here’s the recipe:

Citra IPA
14-B American IPA
Author: Mark Ranes
Date: 10/19/09

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: 62.3 (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
1.0 oz Citra (11.1%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
1.0 oz Citra (11.1%) – added during boil, boiled 45.0 min
1.0 oz Citra (11.1%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
1.0 lb Corn Sugar
1.5 oz Citra (11.1%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.5 oz Citra (11.1%) – 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
2000.0 mL Starter White Labs WLP001 California Ale
4.0 oz Citra (11.1%) – added dry to primary fermenter

Milling Grains for Citra IPA

Milling Grains for Citra IPA

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4 Responses to Citra IPA Tomorrow

  1. Mark Ranes says:

    It was a good brew day! I used the entire brick of Citra hops (with 5 ounces in reserve for dry hopping) in the brew and they have a unique aroma in the boil. Citrusy yet spicy. Very nice!

    I pretty much hit my numbers. OG was 1.070 and the projected was 1.071, so all in all, a good day:)

    I can’t wait to taste this ale.

  2. Mark Ranes says:

    The Citra IPA is happily fermenting away this morning.

  3. Mark Ranes says:

    After tasting the Citra IPA, I’ve discovered that they have similar properties to Simcoe hops. The ale has a cattiness very much like the single hop brew I did in the past with Simcoes.

  4. Mark Ranes says:

    After mellowing a bit, the CitraIPA has turned into a wonderful ale. There is no more cattiness in the aroma, and the flavor explodes with a tropical fruit – a mango like quality. It’s very yummy!

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