Amarillo IPA in Glass!

On July 2, 2008, in Homebrewing, Music, by Mark Ranes

Recirculating WortThe Amarillo IPA brew day went well.  I purposely mashed in a bit low at 150 degrees to make up for the fact that White Labs Pacific Ale yeast attenuates a bit lower than the Cal Ale yeast I usually use for this brew.  I know I say this every time I brew an IPA, but I swear that Amarillo hops are the best smelling hops in the boil.  The aroma in my backyard while putting almost eight ounces of Amarillos in the brew was the best I’ve ever smelled:)  I usually mash in to Marley, but today I mashed in to Mayer – a new live CD was released yesterday.  Good stuff.

My OG was a bit lower than the recipe projected and came in at 1.062.  I’m a bit surprised as I’ve been regularly hitting my numbers lately, since I’ve been recirculating longer while mashing out.  This should be a fairy dry IPA with the lower mash temperature and the addition of 10 ounces of dextrose.

Lots of Amarillo hops BoilingI got the wort put to bed about 2:15 p.m. and was cleaned up by 3:00.  I now have 30 gallons in glass.  The wit and the all Centennial IPA are still chugging away and the krausen heads have yet to fall on either brew.  Hopefully they finish up pretty soon so that I can get them kegged up.  The Two Hearted IPA still needs two weeks of dry hopping.  I was hoping to enter this ale into my brew club’s open style competition, but it doesn’t look like it will be ready – and I refuse to put a sub-standard, green beer into a club competition.

ColonaOnce I was chilling the wort, I had Colona Mexican lager (it’s a clone of Corona – get it? :).  It’s not my favorite style of beer by a long shot, but it is quite refreshing when you’ve been working in the heat all day – and it really is a pretty beer to behold:)

Next up on the brew schedule is Jamil Zainasheff’s Evil Twin Red ale.  Even though it only comes in at 24 IBUs, all of the hops are added in the last 20 mintes of a 90 minute boil, so you get a pretty intense hop flavor and aroma.  I have all the grains weighed out ready to go for this brew on Monday.  I  just rinsed out my two yeast starter flasks and got a new batch of yeast going!  Life is good!

On a Roll – Brewing Again!

On June 24, 2008, in Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes

Two Hearted Ale IPA LabelLast minute decision – time to brew an IPA!  I recently found a clone recipe for Bell’s Two Hearted IPA and I’d like to give it a shot.  I did mix it up a bit, by juggling the crystal malts and adding some corn sugar to dry out the ale.  I’ll also be using White Labs Pacific Ale yeast – just because I love it so much.  I used a couple additional White Labs Cal Ale yeast vials that were outdated by a month, but they should add to the yeast cell count by a huge margin – and then get out of the way.

In the past, I’ve embraced single hopped ales – to get to know the bittering and flavor profiles of the hops.  I’ve also told numerous people over the past few years that if I was stranded on desert isle, with only one hop – it would be Centennials, so I’m excited to taste this ale.

Two Hearted IPA
14-B American IPA

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

Original Gravity: 1.071 (1.056 – 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.018 (1.010 – 1.018)
Color: 7.3 (6.0 – 15.0)
Alcohol: 7.03% (5.5% – 7.5%)
Bitterness: 60.84 (40.0 – 60.0)

Ingredients:
20.0 lbs Pale Malt(2-row)
4.0 lbs Vienna Malt
10.0 oz Crystal Malt 10°L
6.0 oz Crystal Malt 40°L
1.0 lbs Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt
1.0 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
1.0 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 45.0 min
1.0 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
1.0 lbs Corn Sugar
1.75 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.5 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
2.0 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added dry to primary fermenter
2 ea Whirlfloc – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1600 mL White Labs WLP041 Pacific Ale

I’m wanting to get up early and get this brew going.  With all of the fires around all of California, I want to get out of the smoky air as soon as possible tomorrow.  Today I was outside for a couple of hours and came away with sorry lungs and a huge headache…

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