Archive for March, 2018

Trade, Oklahoma edition

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

So today’s blog is about ALPHA HIVE, a double IPA from Coop Ale Works out of Oklahoma City, OK. It was acquired from a gentleman named Jason, and there are three things I want to mention about the trade I made with him that netted me this beer:
1) I found out about Jason being a willing trade participant because he traded with a certain beer dude in the recent past
2) I sent him a couple of local barrel aged beers, and that’s because
3) the “main event” of his part of the trade was the three Founders’ Canadian Breakfast Stouts he sent me

Alpha Hive is very reminiscent of a much more well known beer, one called Hopslam, as this is a double IPA with honey. It’s listed as 100+ IBU and 9.1%ABV.

The beer is a brownish gold with mild head and lacing. It’s got a haze that’s caused by the considerable particulate presence. Smell is dank and hoppy with a definite honey background. Taste? Delicious. Hoppiness is there in the bitter forefront, but the sweet honey asserts itself and it leads to a taste combination that works together, not against each other. Feel is dominated by the strong alcohol, kind of juicy, well balanced, easy to drink for a beer that’s strong in a couple different ways.

Overall, I’d say this one gives Hopslam pretty good competition as a quality double IPA with honey.

Tasted: Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson? NEIPA

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

The short brewing cycle of North-East India Pale Ales (NEIPAs) is aided more by kegging the final product to go from brew day to glass. Here I sit only 15 days after brewing Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson? NEIPA and I am reviewing the tasty elixir.

I have to really enjoy this keg as it will be the last that I have in at least six months of my home brew. I am undergoing surgery that will not allow me to lift for some time. I am worried about all the stress reliever brew days that will pass without a brew day. Hopefully I will be back at it before the end of 2018.

Look: Pours golden yellow. Very hazy, even cloudy.. Nice white foam covers, about an inch thick. Retention is above average. Lacing is nice.

Aroma: Yes, the hops abound. Passion fruit, mango and pineapple are foremost. Light sweetness. Great hops on the nose!

Taste: More sweetness than I expected. Mango and pineapple carry throughout. Sweetness stays in the side of the cheeks and front of the tongue.

Body: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry. Minimal bitterness is giving it too much credit: it almost doens’t exist.

Overall: Citra and Mosaic definitely help a beer out. The citra does add a lot of sweetness to the beer. I assume there is a place in which it would be overwhelming.

This beer is my last home brew for quite some time and it did not disappoint my senses. Six months should more than enough to come up with some more great hop combinations. Long live Mosaic and Citra in hoppy beers. Enjoy!

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Brewed: Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson? NEIPA

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Home brewing has the fun of experimentation. Recently I have been using old school hops and force combinations. They have been good but definitely not great, especially when brewing a north east india pale ale (NEIPA).

Citra and Mosaic seem to be in used in many professional versions of NEIPAs, either solo or in conjunction with one another. The hops lend that layer of tropical fruits that make the juicy style juicy. Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson? started out with Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra. Mainly to get rid of the Amarillo and Simcoe while the Citra was there to add mango, pineapple and papaya. The mosaic was added in after some thought to try and produce a great representation of the NEIPA style.

The malt profile is similar to other NEIPAs that I made: base malt, oats and wheat. Nothing fancy but seems to fit the profile well. It may end being my base profile going forward, allowing me to play with and understand hop profiles better for the style.

As I have been doing, I used 50% reverse osmosis water with no treatment to the other 50% from the tap. Next time I am going to do a 75%/25% split of reverse osmosis to tap to see if this allows the hops to shine even more. Enjoy!

Recipe for Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson? NEIPA

General Information:
Brew Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Day: 35*F, sunny
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-04, not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.059
Finishing Gravity: 1.010
IBU: 44.2
Color: 3.8 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 71.59%
Alcohol by Volume: 6.43%
Calories per ounce: 16.1
Primary Fermentation: 7 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
10.00 pounds American 2-Row
2.00 pounds Oats
1.00 pounds Red Wheat

Saccharification @152.2*F

Hop Bill:
2.00 ounces 2015 Amarillo @10 minutes
3.00 ounces 2015 Simcoe @5 minutes
2.00 ounces 2015 Citra whirlpool, 20 minutes
3.00 ounces 2016 Mosaic whirlpool, 20 minutes
2.00 ounces 2015 Citra dry hop, 3 days
2.00 ounces 2015 Simcoe dry hop, 3 days
2.00 ounces 2016 Mosaic dry hop, 3 days
1.00 ounces 2015 Amarillo dry hop, 3 days

1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
4.0 quarts of rice hulls


  • 2018-03-10 (morning): @60.2*F, slow fermentation. Put on heat at 68.0*F.
  • 2018-03-10 (evening): @66.3*F, medium/high fermentation. Took off heat.
  • 2018-03-11 (morning): @65.6*F, great fermentation/aroma.
  • 2018-03-11 (evening): @67.3*F, great fermentation/aroma.
  • 2018-03-13: @68.0*F, added dry hops. Put on heat at 70.0*F.
  • 2018-03-15: put in freezer at 39*F.
  • 2017-03-17: Kegged.
  • 2017-03-15: Tasted.

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