Carnival IPA

On November 25, 2013, in Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes

CarnivalIPAFor me, the release of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale signals the start of the annual holiday season. When I see the bright, cheery red Celebration Ale packaging, I know it’s time to bust out the credit cards and go in debt for the next six months! But at least I get to drown my sorrows in one of my favorite ales for a couple months.

There have been many recipes floating around the Internet for Celebration Ale, but if I remember correctly, I found the basis for this clone recipe in a recent Brew Your Own magazine. I brewed it last winter and the flavor was spot-on for Celebration Ale, but the nose on my version was much better than Sierra Nevada’s original rendition. Ten gallons of this ale disappeared in a matter of a month, and I rebrewed it again in the spring. The final keg blew just last month. It’s time to brew it yet again, but I have two brew days lined up in the next month – one for a Belgian Wit and another for my elusive blue fairy Imperial IPA.

Here’s the recipe.

Carnival IPA
14-B American IPA

Date: 1/19/13

Size: 9.96 gal @ 68 °F
Efficiency: 70.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 223.55 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.067 (1.056 – 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.017 (1.010 – 1.018)
Color: 12.57 (6.0 – 15.0)
Alcohol: 6.61% (5.5% – 7.5%)
Bitterness: 64.4 (40.0 – 70.0)

25.0 lb (91.7%) 2-Row Brewers Malt – added during mash
1.75 lb (6.4%) Caramel Malt 60L – added during mash
0.5 lb (1.8%) Cara-Pils® Malt – added during mash
1.25 oz (9.3%) Chinook (13.1%) – added during boil, boiled 100.0 m
0.75 oz (5.6%) Centennial (11.5%) – added during boil, boiled 100.0 m
3.5 oz (25.9%) Cascade (6.6%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 m
2.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil
1.0 tsp Wyeast Nutrient – added during boil
1.5 oz (11.1%) Centennial (11.5%) – added during boil, at knockout
2.5 oz (18.5%) Cascade (6.6%) – added during boil, at knockout
1.5 oz (11.1%) Centennial (11.5%) – added dry to secondary fermenter
2.5 oz (18.5%) Cascade (6.6%) – added dry to secondary fermenter
2000.0 mL Starter White Labs WLP001 California Ale


Here’s a comparison photo. Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale is on the left, my version is on the right.


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