Brewed: Used IPA

By scot in Home Brewing on Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Year old, 2014, Amarillo hops for the boil and whirlpool.

Year old, 2014, Amarillo hops for the boil and whirlpool.

Sometimes the hardest thing about brew day is coming up with a recipe. This time around I was focused on brewing up a second batch of Three Tooth Joe. The first batch had a fermentation issue: blew the air lock from a crazy ass hard fermentation. After bottling, Three Tooth Joe quickly reared it’s ugly contaminated head. I needed to see if the beer would turn out as good as I expected.

After printing out the recipe, I headed to the basement to check that I had the necessary supplies: malt, hops and yeast. The hop freezer had a cornucopia of 2014 Amarillo hops (sound of turn table needle racing across the record). I love Amarillo. Quick recipe switch to use up the hop residuals.

Three Tooth Joe had a solid base malt IPA recipe. But I wanted to tweak it, it was not needed. I had passed up Vienna malt many times. Vienna to replace Munich. Enough. K.I.S.S.

Now onto the name of the beer: Used. Growing up, I had a next door neighbor that was the same age that I was, school wise. We went to two different schools, making different friends outside of neighborly meetups as supposed friends. Once our worlds expanded, allowing us to go longer distances on our bikes, his friendship to me was that of opportunity. If he had nothing better to do, I was a friend. My parents knew it, they told me, but I didn’t want to hear it. This went on for a year or two before I woke up and moved on to much better friends that I still have today. Looking back to those days I realize that I had been used.

The third day of fermentation found me wandering into the basement to check progress. Floral Amarillo bouquet met the nose, making me thirst for a taste. Enjoy!


General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Lallemand BRY-97
Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.056
Final Gravity: 1.014
IBU: 42.3
Color: 4.5 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 5.51%
Primary Fermentation: start @66*F

Grain Bill:
11.00# Pilsner
1.00# Vienna
8.0oz Oats
4.0oz Crystal 20L

Saccharification @151.4*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce Amarillo @20 minutes
1.00 ounce Amarillo @15 minutes
1.00 ounce Amarillo @10 minutes
1.00 ounce Amarillo @5 minutes
4.00 ounce Amarillo @whirlpool 20 minutes @145*
6.00 ounce Amarillo @dry hop 4 days

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


  • 2016-08-15: @66*F, slow fermentation.
  • 2016-08-16: @68*F, fermentation taking off.
  • 2016-08-17: @70*F, strong fermentation.
  • 2016-08-18: @71*F, strong fermentation.
  • 2016-08-19: @67*F, raised to 69*F.
  • 2016-08-20: Took off heat.
  • 2016-08-27: Dry hopped, 7.0 ounces 2014 Amarillo.
  • 2016-08-30: Bottled with 4.0 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 25, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: USED.
  • 2016-11-10: Tasted Used IPA.

Useless Fact: If you eat a teaspoon of sugar after eating something spicy, it will completely neutralize the heat.

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