Eddy’s IPA

On July 9, 2009, in Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes

Time to brew a middle-of-the-road IPA again.  I brewed a great IPA, based on Steve’s CPM IPA, a while back and named it in honor of their inspirational Boston Terrier, Cooper.  Coop’s IPA was well received by all as an exceptionally drinkable IPA.  I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit (and changed the name to Eddy’s IPA – sorry Coop:)  and added back the Munich malt I was missing last time, and added a pound of Carastan instead of a half pound of crystal 120.  Also, I recently picked up a pound of Ahtanum pellet hops, so I want to try dry hopping this IPA with them.  Holding true to the last time I brewed this IPA, I’m using White Labs WLP002 English Ale yeast, and the appearance of this stuff never fails to amaze me.  The yeast in the starter looks like little sheets of yeast swirling around in the flask!  I really like the way WLP002 flocculates out of my brews – the ale clears quickly when cold crashed. Check out this video of the starter on the stir plate, whirling away:

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Here’s the Recipe for Eddy’s IPA:

Eddy's IPA Tap Handle

Eddy's IPA Tap Handle

Eddy’s IPA
14-B American IPA
Author: Mark
Date: 7/10/09

Size: 10.32 gal
Efficiency: 77.0%
Attenuation: 78.0%
Calories: 326.29 kcal per 16.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.073 (1.056 – 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.016 (1.010 – 1.018)
Color: 13.68 (6.0 – 15.0)
Alcohol: 7.56% (5.5% – 7.5%)
Bitterness: 51.4 (40.0 – 70.0)

Ingredients:
2.0 tbsp 5.2 pH Stabilizer – added during mash
11.0 lb Pale Ale Malt
11.0 lb Maris Otter Pale
2.0 lb American Munich
1.0 lb Crystal Malt 60°L
1.0 lb Carastan
1.0 lb 2-Row Carapils Malt
2.0 oz Northern Brewer (8.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
1.5 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.0 lb Corn Sugar
1.0 tsp Wyeast Nutrient  – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.75 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
2.0 oz Northern Brewer (8.0%) – added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
2000.0 mL White Labs WLP002 English Ale
3.0 oz Ahtanum (6.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
3.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added dry to primary fermenter

I’ll be lighting the burners about 8:30 to get an early start on the day.  I also need to run down and fill a 20 pound CO2 tank during the mash.  Tomorrow will be a busy day!

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Lazy Easter Afternoon…

On April 12, 2009, in Craft Beer, Family and Friends, Food, by Mark Ranes
Easter Ales

Easter Ales

We headed over to the Brew Barn for our traditional Easter gathering.  All the regular faces were there:)  I took some ales over for the event – a Rubicon IPA, a Deschutes Hop Trip Pale Ale and an Oskar Blues Gordon Imperial IPA.  Stephen broke out a special bottle of Sam Adams Imperial White Witbier.  Obviously, there was also some wonderful homebrew thrown in with lunch.

The weather was wonderful and we ate out on the patio.  Stephen made the most wonderful lunch for us – prime rib sandwiches, grilled asparagus, several different salads and we took my mom’s party potatoes.  We shared ales, had a relaxed meal and visited while digesting.

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Easter Lunch - Prime Rib Sandwiches

We really wanted to take Eddy, but he has his last round of puppy shots tomorrow the vet has strongly suggested not taking him too far afield until he has wrapped up his vaccinations.  He was glad to see us when we got home.  Lots of slobbery kisses followed:)

It is so nice to have holiday meals where you are considered family.  Thanks buddy:)

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Mash Destruction IPA

On April 9, 2009, in Craft Beer, Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes
Mash Destruction IPA Tap Handle

Mash Destruction IPA Tap Handle

I recently listened to the March 16, 2009, podcast of The Brewing Network’s, The Jamil Show – Can you Brew It: Green Flash West Coast IPA. This is an IPA I really like, with a strong malt backbone, aggressive bitterness and full of intense hop flavor.  I took the show’s recipe for a six gallon batch and extended it out for ten gallons, trying to maintain the IBU levels, the ABV and color rating.  It will take tons of hops, all of which I have on-hand.  It calls for a malt I’ve never used before, Carastan, so it’s a bit of an adventure, also. The Carastan appears to be very dark for its 30/37 Lovibond rating – much darker than Crystal 40.  I’m just a bit wary of it, but the brewer at Green Flash uses it in their recipe, so I’ll definitely give it a shot.

I’ll be brewing this hop beast on Saturday.  Originally, I had planned on brewing tomorrow, and the starter is ready to go, but tomorrow is the first day of my Spring Break and I just want to veg out.  I have some keg and carboy cleaning that needs to get done, too.  Saturday morning I’ll be lighting the burners about 9:00 a.m.

Here’s the recipe:

Mash Destruction IPA
14-B American IPA
Date: 4/11/09

Size: 10.32 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 79.0%
Calories: 309.1 kcal per 16.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.070 (1.056 – 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.015 (1.010 – 1.018)
Color: 8.45 (6.0 – 15.0)
Alcohol: 7.26% (5.5% – 7.5%)
Bitterness: 95.4 (40.0 – 70.0)

Ingredients:
26.5 lb American 2-row
1.0 lb Carapils Malt
2.0 lb Carastan
1.25 oz Simcoe (13.0%) – added during boil, boiled 90.0 min
0.5 oz Simcoe (13.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
0.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
0.5 oz Simcoe (13.0%) – added during boil, boiled 30.0 min
0.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 30.0 min
0.5 oz Simcoe (13.0%) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
0.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.0 tsp Wyeast Nutrient – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.0 oz Simcoe (13.0%) – added during boil, boiled 1.0 min
1.0 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 1.0 min
0.5 oz Amarillo (8.5%) – added dry to primary fermenter
0.5 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
0.5 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
0.5 oz Simcoe (13.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
0.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added dry to primary fermenter
2000 mL Starter White Labs WLP001 California Ale

Notes
Mash in at 150 degrees.

Seven day primary fermentation at 72 degrees.  Mash out at 168 degrees.

Dry hop with mix of five hop blend at 64 degrees for seven days.

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Fresh Hop Holiday Ale

On October 17, 2008, in Family and Friends, Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes
Mark with fresh Cascade hops

Mark with fresh Cascade hops

Stephen and I brewed our annual Fresh Hop Holiday Ale Wednesday afternoon.  The brew was uneventful, other than having several ales early on a Wednesday afternoon:)  We picked hops – lots of hops, and they all went into the brew.  We picked at least a pound and a three quarters of fresh Cascade hops and used them all at 15 minutes, flame-out and in a hop back.  Fresh hop ales have a very different aroma that holds through to the pint glass.  This lovely IPA ought to be peaking right around the holiday season.  When we brewed this same ale last year, my five gallon keg lasted almost a week before going dry:)  I’ve got to keep NanTan away from it!

Here’s the recipe:

Fresh Hop Harvest IPA
14-B American IPA
Author: Mark and Stephen
Date: 10/15/08

Size: 10.28 gal
Efficiency: 66.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 239.69 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.072 (1.056 – 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.018 (1.010 – 1.018)
Color: 12.48 (6.0 – 15.0)
Alcohol: 7.08% (5.5% – 7.5%)
Bitterness: 75.1 (40.0 – 60.0)

Ingredients:
11.0 lb American 2-row
11.0 lb Maris Otter
6.5 lb Munich Malt
0.5 lb Caramel Malt 40L
0.5 lb Caramel Malt 60L
1.0 lb Carapils
1.5 oz Chinook (13.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
1.5 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added during boil, boiled 30.0 min
1.0 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
16.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 1.0 min
4.0 oz Cascade (5.5%) – hop back
2.0 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added dry to secondary fermenter
1.0 lb Corn Sugar
2.0 tsp Wyeast Nutrient  – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min

Fresh, beautiful Cascade hops!

Fresh, beautiful Cascade hops!

Stephen picking Cascade hops

Stephen picking Cascade hops

Bag 'o hops!

Bag 'o hops!

Stephen's way-cool sparge manifold (and creepy rubber gloves)!

Stephen's way-cool sparge manifold (and creepy rubber gloves:)

Hop back full of fresh Cascade hops

Hop back full of fresh Cascade hops

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