Brewed: Brett Trois IPA

2013 hop harvest

My recent hopped up home brews have been nothing short of brutal. I still have a few hops up my sleeve that have a bit of age on them but have never been mistreated, as they have never been opened. Hops from the south Pacific: Riwaka and Galaxy. Four ounces of each from beginning of brew day though dry hopping.

The idea to use Brett Trois was definitely not my own. I have been following a thread on homebrewtalk.com for almost a year and noticed a Brett Trois IPA that Michael brew up at the The Mad Fermentationist. You will quickly notice that the recipe I chose to put together is similar to Michael’s. My edge: south Pacific hops dripping with tropical/citrus flavors and aromas to compliment the yeast.

The plan is to leave this beer in primary for 21 days, dry hopping for 7 thereafter. I will take gravity readings leading up to dry hopping to assure the gravity is terminal. Enjoy!

Updates:
2013-09-07: dry hopped with 2.00 ounces Riwaka and 1.50 ounces of Galaxy.
2013-09-14: @1.010, fermentation seems about finished, bottled with 3.4 ounces of table sugar, 24, 22 ounce bottles.
2013-09-21: Already tasting as the Brett Trois is chewing through the priming sugar.

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP644
Yeast Starter: 2 step: 0.3 liter followed by 2 liter
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.061
IBU: 75.5
Color: 5.1 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 5.8%
Fermentation: 21 days @68*F, 1 week dry hop @68*F

Grain Bill:
10.0# American 2-row
2.00# Red Wheat
0.50# Acid Malt
0.50# Caramel Malt 20L
0.50# Flaked Wheat

Mash:
Saccharification @155.4*F

Hop Bill:
0.75 ounces Galaxy @first wort
0.50 ounces Riwaka @first wort
1.00 ounces Galaxy @30 minutes
1.00 ounces Riwaka @30 minutes
0.75 ounces Galaxy @1 minute
0.50 ounces Riwaka @1 minute
2.00 ounces Riwaka @dry hop
1.50 ounces Galaxy @dry hop

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes

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