Brewed: Alpha Acid Aspirations – Chunk

alpha acid aspirations chunk

Chunk, the second DIPA in the Alpha Acid Aspirations series of home brews I am cooking up. Blast, the first, received high accolades from my friends.

With Chunk I was trying to create a more robust DIPA that had an above average amount of malt backbone. I attempted this by using Maris Otter as part of the base malt (split it 50/50 between Maris Otter and 2-row). Mashed at 151, so I added a pound of table sugar to help dry it out.

This beer was loosely inspired by Furious by Surly Brewing Company. I took to 11 by making it into a DIPA as well as changing the hop profile. Enjoy!

General Information
Brew Date: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale U-05 (2)
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.073
IBU: 148.3
Color: 5.7 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 8.9%
Primary Fermentation: 21 days @68*F
Secondary Fermentation: 7 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
7.00# 2-Row
7.00# Maris Otter
1.00# Sugar
0.50# Caravienne (22.0 SRM)
0.15# Chocolate (350.0 SRM)

Saccharification Rest @ 151*F for 60 minutes.

Hop Bill:
1.00oz Cascade (5.50%) first wort hop
0.50oz Chinook (13.0%) first wort hop
0.50oz Galaxy (14.0%) first wort hop

2.00oz Warrior (15.0%) @90 min
0.50oz Cascade (5.50%) @90 min
0.50oz Chinook (13.0%) @90 min
1.00oz Galaxy (14.0%) @10 min
1.00oz Galaxy (14.0%) @1 min

2.00oz Cascade (5.50%) dry hop for 7 days
1.50oz Galaxy (14.0%) dry hop for 7 days
0.50oz Chinook (13.0%) dry hop for 7 days

1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 min.
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 min.

Useless Fact: There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald’s Big Mac bun.

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