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)

Ingredients:
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.

CarnivalAle

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Straight C IPA

On December 28, 2011, in Homebrew Gadgets, Recipes, by Mark Ranes

It time for a straight up IPA.  Christmas Eve, both of the lighter pale ale/IPA kegs blew, with no backups, and I currently have none of my favorite styles on tap.  I’m craving a straight-up, middle of the road IPA, so I offer the following recipe for your perusal.  The grain for this is milled, and the water filtered for an early morning start tomorrow. I have fresh “C” hops for every phase of the brew.  I’m looking forward to a simple Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hopped IPA!

Straight C IPA Tap Handle

Straight C IPA Tap Handle

Straight C IPA
14-B American IPA
Author: Mark Ranes

Size: 10.08 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 234.7 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.070 (1.056 – 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.018 (1.010 – 1.018)
Color: 12.51 (6.0 – 15.0)
Alcohol: 6.94% (5.5% – 7.5%)
Bitterness: 57.5 (40.0 – 70.0)

Ingredients:
12.0 lb Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt
12.0 lb Northwest Pale Ale Malt
1.0 lb Crystal Malt 60°L
1.0 lb Cara-Pils Malt
1.0 lb American Munich
1.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 m
2.0 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 m
2.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 1.0 m
2.0 ea Servomyces – added during boil, boiled 10.0 m
2.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 m
4.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – steeped after boil
2000 mL White Labs WLP090 San Diego Super Yeast
2.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added dry to secondary fermenter
1.0 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added dry to secondary fermenter
1.0 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added dry to secondary fermenter

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Centennial Ale!

On May 4, 2010, in Homebrewing, Recipes, Stuff..., by Mark Ranes

Mark's Centennial IPA Tap Handle

Batch 100

This Friday (with the close of another school year imminent, I’m trying to recover some of the extra days I worked last summer to open a new school campus – use ’em or lose ’em), I’ll be brewing my 100th batch of home brewed beer!  My, how the time flies.  Seems like it was just yesterday and I was waiting for any new information I could get on the progress of the construction of my MoreBeer 1550 BrewSculpture.  I even visited the Concord showroom and was taken on a tour of the metal shop.  There in a bucket, were the various pieces of of angle iron , tubing and parts that would eventually become my brewery.  When the FedEx freight truck finally arrived in June, I couldn’t wait to brew my first batch and in 100 degree plus weather, I brewed a Racer 5 clone.  It turned out OK – not great, but OK.

It was at least fifteen batches before I really felt comfortable with my equipment, where I could brew on autopilot and not make stupid mistakes.  By batch 30 I was making really good beer and feeling comfortable with replicating recipes and experimenting with what different malts and hops brought to an ale.  I started messing around with lagers, first brewing in the winter, taking advantage of environmental chilling to aid the fermentation.  By batch 50, I was fermenting both ales and lagers in a temperature controlled fermentation vessel – a thermostatically controlled refrigerator.  I brewed a couple amazing ales in this period of time.  Somewhere in the next few batches, Sociables became a reality.  From there, it was a race to this batch!

I’ve been thinking about this batch of ale – batch number 100 – for quite some time.  I has to be an IPA:)  It has to use my favorite hops and have a simple malt bill.  It needs to be a big, bitter IPA.  Here’s what a threw together.

Mark’s Centennial IPA
14-B American IPA
Author: Mark Ranes
Date: 5/7/10

Size: 10.0 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 316.98 kcal per 16.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.071 (1.056 – 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.018 (1.010 – 1.018)
Color: 9.71 (6.0 – 15.0)
Alcohol: 7.03% (5.5% – 7.5%)
Bitterness: 71.1 (40.0 – 70.0)

Ingredients:
12.0 lb American 2-row
12.0 lb Maris Otter Pale
1.0 lb 2-Row Carapils Malt
1.0 lb Carastan
1.0 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
2.5 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
1.0 lb Corn Sugar
1.0 ea Servomyces Yeast Nutrient – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
4.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 4.0 min
4.0 oz Amarillo (8.5%) – added during boil, boiled 4.0 min
4.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added dry to secondary fermenter
4.0 oz Amarillo (8.5%) – added dry to secondary fermenter
2000 mL Starter White Labs WLP041 Pacific Ale

I hope turning 100 feels this good!

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Post Brew Post

On August 11, 2009, in Craft Beer, Family and Friends, Homebrewing, Music, Recipes, by Mark Ranes
Trailer Park IPA Tap Handle

Trailer Park IPA Tap Handle

I brewed Sunday.  I winged it.  It felt good.

Usually I spend several days getting ready for a brew session, but Sunday I played it by ear.  Saturday, I went and saw Paul Thorn at the Sonora Blue Festival.  He kicked ass!  We saw him in an hour-long workshop, where it’s just Paul and an acoustic guitar.  John went with me, and I successfully requested “Give Them Their Roses” in honor of John’s dad’s recent passing.  He was touched – and now he believes in Paul Thorn.  Paul Thorn is the best musical artist you’ve never heard of!  We enjoyed Don Oliver’s, of Dust Bowl Brewing’s, Hops of Wrath at the festival and supported the local boys:)

I came home Saturday night, filtered and measured my brewing water, and then got up early (not Steve early:) Sunday morning and weighed and milled my malt.  I used my standard single hop ale malt bill, and then just winged the hops.  You may know me as the Lazy Brewer, but those close to me would probably call me the Anal Retentive Brewer.  I like to know what is going on waaaaaaaay in advance, so this was a stretch for me.  And I enjoyed it!  I just used some of my favorite hops and matched the standard bittering levels of my single hop ales.  The ale is still currently unnamed.  This was my 88th batch.  Here’s the recipe:

Trailer Park IPA
14-B American IPA
Author: Mark Ranes
Date: 8/09/09

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: 63.3 (40.0 – 60.0)

Ingredients:
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
0.5 oz Summit (17.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
1.5 oz Northern Brewer (8.0%) – added during boil, boiled 45.0 min
1.0 oz Northern Brewer (8.0%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
1.0 lb Corn Sugar
2 ea Whirlfloc – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2.0 oz Northern Brewer (8.0%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2.0 oz Northern Brewer (8.0%) – added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
2.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
2000 mL White Labs WLP002 English Ale Starter
3.0 oz Northern Brewer (8.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
4.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added dry to primary fermenter

This ale is currently cranking away in my fermentation fridge.  When I open the fridge’s door, wonderful aromas escape:)

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