Brewed: Clash of Hops

clash of hops

I have been on a big hop kick lately. Instead of hitting of the local beer store for goodies, I have been able to keep myself in the black by brewing an IPA every 6 – 8 weeks. I have been using larger and larger amounts of hops but late in the boil, whirlpool and/or first wort hops. Heck, one of my recent brews, that isn’t’ on SIPS, had a pleasant and balancing bitterness in spite of the absence of hops in the boil.

I really like the Stone Enjoy By Imperial IPA. I have seen various clones on homebrewtalk.com for quite some time, each making my mouth water. Typically not being the one for clones, I decided to brew this beer as a clone but use the hop profile I wanted while leaving the simple malt profile intact. This also marked the first time of using a non-American (or Brett) yeast in an IIPA (or IPA). Enjoy!

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale S-04 (1.6 packets)
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 6.0
Original Gravity: 1.081
IBU: 95.2
Color: 5.3 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Mash Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 9.5%
Fermentation: 14 day @68*F

Grain Bill:
8.50# Two-Row
8.50# Maris Otter
1.00# Table Sugar

Mash:
Saccharification @148.2*F

Hop Bill:
3.00 ounces Amarillo @15 minutes
3.00 ounces Simcoe @15 minutes
1.00 ounces Cascade whirl pool (treated as 30 minute addition)
1.00 ounces Centennial whirl pool (treated as 30 minute addition)
1.00 ounces Citra whirl pool (treated as 30 minute addition)
1.50 ounces Galaxy dry hop (6 days)
1.50 ounces Simcoe dry hop (6 days)
1.50 ounces Galaxy dry hop (3 days)
1.50 ounces Simcoe dry hop (3 days)

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

Update(s):

  • 2015-03-17: Fermentation beginning to slow, upped temperature to 70.0*F.
  • 2015-03-22: Took of heat. Left at ambient basement temperature.
  • 2015-03-27: Dry hopped. 3.0 ounces Galaxy, 3.0 ounces Simcoe.
  • 2015-04-02: Bottled with 4.2 ounces of priming sugar. Yield: 24, 22 ounce bottles. Unfortunately, initial taste had hints of alcohol.
  • 2015-04-23: Tasting.

Useless Fact: An average human loses about 200 head hairs per day.

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