Posts Tagged ‘northeast ipa’

Brewed: Lack of Focus

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Lack of Focus is a description of how I feel when it comes to home brewing. I go through periods of time where I am laser focused, not able to find enough time to brew all the ideas that are floating around in my head. These periods, with home brewing, typically last for months on end. Unfortunately, I recently have lost that focus. I no longer have an edge for home brewing. I need my mojo back!

I decided to spend some time cleaning my brewing kettle with steel wool. As you can see in the picture, it looks brand new. It sparkles. The trick is to clean it well after each use, rather than letting crap accumulate.

Formulating the recipe for Lack of Focus

Staying with Northeast India pale ales, I decided to try another first: oats and wheat. I am trying to get the hazy but glowing orange color that off the shelf NEIPAs display. Searching other recipes led me to the wheat and oat combo.

Over dry hopping could be a good cause for the lack of glow. I am begging to believe I have so much hop trub in suspension that it fights off the glow.

Bottling Day

Staying with my lack of focus theme, I forgot to cold crash this beer. I also added all ten ounces of dry hops at once. I was thinking of splitting them between primary and true dry hop but my schedule got the best of me. I threw them in together. Too much hop material without a cold crash. The beer was soupy, green. I should have paid more attention to the process. 24-48 hour at 37*F would have dropped it clean. Instead, I poured it out. My first drain pour of a non-sour beer in brewing career. So many first. Enjoy!

Recipe for Lack of Focus

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, October 01, 2017
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-05, not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.054
Finishing Gravity: N/A
IBU: 61.6
Color: 4.9 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 78.61%
Alcohol by Volume: N/A
Primary Fermentation: 8 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
5.50 pounds Maris Otter
3.00 pounds 2-row
1.50 pounds Oats
1.00 pounds Munich
1.00 pounds Red Wheat

Mash:
Saccharification @152.3*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounces 2015 Amarillo @ first wort
1.00 ounces 2015 Galaxy @15 minutes
1.00 ounces 2015 Sincoe @10 minutes
1.00 ounces 2015 Amarillo @5 minutes
1.00 ounces 2015 Galaxy @0 minutes
1.00 ounces 2015 Simcoe @0 minutes
4.00 ounces 2015 Amarillo @4 day dry hop
4.00 ounces 2015 Simcoe @4 day dry hop
2.00 ounces 2015 Galaxy @4 day dry hop

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
4.0 quarts of rice hulls
~5.25 gallons of reverse osmosis water used

Updates:

  • 2017-10-02 (morning): @68.1*F, added S-05 packet.
  • 2017-10-03: @69.3*F, good fermentation.
  • 2017-10-05: @66.5*F, added dry hops, put on heat @70.0*F.
  • 2017-10-10: Attempted to bottle. Drain poured as I didn’t cold crash. Ten ounces of dry hops to much to handle – complete muck!

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Brewed: If you can read this, you don’t need glasses

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

2017 is turning into the year of tough to find time to home brew. Outside of brewing If you can read this, you don’t need glasses five days after Honey Pot Pale Ale with wet hops, second annual, it has been three months since I brewed up Schlap!.

Busy life and falling back to old hobby, fishing, has taken up a bunch of my time an enthusiasm. Jotting over to the local pound or river takes minutes, while the time duration of the act of fishing takes minutes to hours and anywhere in between. I don’t have to plan to go fishing. Hell, it can be a knee jerk reaction. Perfect for aforementioned craziness of life.

Formulating the recipe for If you can read this, you don’t need glasses

If you have been following along, Northeast India pale ales have been my obsession over the past year, if not longer. If you can read this, you don’t need glasses tries to quell the obsession.

The recipe is inspired by a recent article in Zymurgy magazine on the home brew winners. I looked through them all, multiple times, but the IPA section kept pulling me in (back). I noticed that the winner used two pounds of oats in his recipe, over 15% of the grist, something I have wondered about but never attempted.

As for the hops, I was shooting for fruity while attempting to use up more of the cheap 2015 hops I purchased at the beginning of 2017. I wanted to use up the Eureka and Equinox as I never liked the hops on their own but found them better in support and as late additions. The Mosaic is quickly becoming a NIEPA classic, while Galaxy packs a wonderful tropical punch.

I still have not graduated to treating my water (although I have picked up some small vials of chemicals at the local home brew shop). When making an IPA, or similar, I use about 60+% reverse osmosis water with tap water. My tap water is very hard. I have felt it has helped with the perceived bitterness of the beer. That could be the way I am adding the hops as well. Enjoy!

Recipe for If you can read this, you don’t need glasses

General Information:
Brew Date: Friday, August 25, 2017
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-04 and S-05, not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.067
Finishing Gravity: 1.010
IBU: 47.8
Color: 4.3 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 69.12%
Alcohol by Volume: 7.48%
Primary Fermentation: 8 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
7.25 pounds Pilsner
6.00 pounds 2-row
2.00 pounds Oats

Mash:
Saccharification @152.7*F

Hop Bill:
0.50 ounces 2015 Eureka @ first wort
1.00 ounces 2015 Eureka @10 minutes
1.00 ounces 2015 Equinox @10 minutes
1.00 ounces 2015 Mosiac @whirlpool for 20 minutes
2.00 ounces 2015 Equinox @whirlpool for 20 minutes
2.00 ounces 2015 Galaxy @whirlpool for 20 minutes
2.50 ounces 2015 Eureka @whirlpool for 20 minutes
2.00 ounces 2015 Galaxy @4 day dry hop
3.00 ounces 2015 Mosiac @4 day dry hop

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
1.0 pounds table sugar @15 minutes
4.0 quarts of rice hulls
~5.25 gallons of reverse osmosis water used

Updates:

  • 2017-08-20 (morning): @68.5*F, added 2/3 packet, each of S-04 and S-05.
  • 2017-08-27 (morning): @67.8*F, good fermentation.
  • 2017-08-29 (morning): @69.7*F, add dry hops.
  • 2017-09-02: cold crashed to 37*F.
  • 2017-09-03: Bottled with 3.50 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 26, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: If.

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Tasted: Baller IPA

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Baller IPA is the third attempt at northeast india pale ale (NEIPA). It is also my second NEIPA tasting in as many days: Used IPA.

This beer had more big additions of 2014 hops. This time a combination of Citra and Simcoe. I have heard over and over again that Citra makes a crappy beer taste good, therefore there should never be a bad beer that has used Citra hops.

This makes my third attempt at an NEIPA seemingly an easy home run. Let’s get to the review…

Look:Pale gold to straw in color. Not opaque but cloudy from the hops, darkening the beer. Half inch of pure white foam covers. Not much lacing or retention.

Aroma: Strong hop presence. Mango, pineapple and citrus are bullies. Touch of malt sweetness.

Taste: Bitterness is a little stiff for the style but quickly subdues on the second or third sip after the palate has been crushed. Tropical and citrus fruit abound. Malt backbone is minimal. More citra forward.

Body: Medium body. Medium carbonation. After the juiciness of the hops subsides, the beer is on the dry side.

Overall: Easily the best NEIPA to date. Needs more balance. Need to cut down on the carbonation for the next few attempts. Solid drinking beer with a huge hop flavor and aroma profile.

Definitely a beer to grow on and reassurance that I am heading in the right direction. Still, not a perfect beer due to my brew day issues with my mill, gravity and hop utilization. Another solid Citra beer. Enjoy!

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Tasted: Used IPA

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

used ipa

Used IPA was my initial attempt at an northeast india pale ale (NEIPA). Since brewing this beer, I have added two more NEIPA brew days to my repertoire: Smiles IPA and Baller IPA. Each iteration has been a better beer. This could be due to hops, malt and/or process, as I have changed them each time. I like variety.

When adding 14 ounces of hops to beer, especially Amarillo hops, I expect great things. The vast amount of Amarillo hops was driven by two things: needing to get rid of 2014 hops and Daisy Cutter.

Using up old hops is a no brainer. I don’t feel they lose much in terms of aroma and flavor, in spite of the alpha acid drop off. Keeping them in the freezer in vacuum sealed bags helps keep them fresh as possible.

Being inspired by Daisy Cutter has been on the short since 2009, the first time I tasted the beer. The floral power of Amarillo jumped out at me and ever since I have wanted to brew up a home brew worthy.

Look: Hazy but still able to see through the beer quite well. Pale gold to gold in color. Pure white, wispy looking foam covers. Great staying power. Sporadic lacing throughout.

Aroma: Strong lemon. One dimensional.

Taste: Lemon is strong again. Really the only characteristic that sticks out. Light, clean malt.

Drinkability: Dry finish. Light end of medium body, possibly bigger. Crisp. Low bitterness. Good balance.

Overall: There is nothing off on the base beer, just nothing exciting. The hops are subdued to the nth degree when they should be shining. Could this be a water issue? I know I have hard water. Nevertheless, I learned a bit on the NEIPA process and will revisit going forward.

It could be process. It could be the age of the hops. It could be the change in my palate and nose. No matter, I didn’t get the hop profile from this beer that I was attempting to achieve. After being let down with this beer, I tried the original Daisy Cutter. Not what I remembered. I will only use Amarillo in conjunction with other hops going froward. Enjoy!

Note: looking up Amarillo hops again, interestingly it seems that citrus is now described as the main aroma/flavor with most description not listing floral in the profile. Has the hop changed?

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