Pre-brew day thoughts:
Home brewing has escaped me lately (since September 30th when I brewed a batch of Rabbit). I was looking forward to time off around the holidays in order to keep back on the saddle of home brewing. There is no way better to do so, then home brewing a batch of Northeast IPA.
Squeal like a Pig pays homage to one of the most disturbing scenes I have ever scene in a movie: Deliverance. That scene in the movie still sends a shiver or two up the spine every time I watch the movie. Link to the movie snip is at the bottom of the this post.
I decided to change a couple of things with this recipe over the past NEIPAs that I have brewed.
- Use hops that are synonymous with the style: Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic and Galaxy. I made this decision since I have brewing this style for several years and have yet to use a standard hop profile.
- Choose a standard malt profile that I will use for the next few NIEPA brew days, only changing the hop profile. I made this decision to get a better understanding of how the hops are affecting the home brew’s profile.
There is one more thing that I changed: water usage for chilling. During the nicer months I use the outdoor hose to hook up the immersion chiller, there is some control to the outdoor house but there isn’t much precision to control flow. The winter months is a new ball game: I use the connection from the washing machine. The amount of flow control is unbelievable as compared to the outdoor hose. Since I can control the flow better, there are two ways this impacts: first, I use a lot less water and second, this increases the amount of time it takes to chill the beer; trade-off it worth it to me.
After a long lay off from home brewing I hope that the brew day goes well. Enjoy!
Recipe for Squeal Like a Pig!
Brew Date: Friday, December 21, 2018
Day: overcast, @34*F
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast Starter: None
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.068
Finishing Gravity: 1.010
Color: 5.0 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Conversion Efficiency: 66.99%
Alcohol by Volume: 7.61%
Apparent Attenuation: 85%
Calories per ounce: 222.2 per 12oz bottle
Primary Fermentation: 7 days @68*F
11.00 pound(s) 2-row
1.50 pound(s) Red Wheat
1.50 pound(s) Oats
6.00 ounce(s) Honey Malt
1.50 ounce(s) 2016 Citra @first wort
2.00 ounce(s) 2016 Simcoe @10 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Citra @10 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Galaxy @10 minutes
1.50 ounce(s) 2017 Galaxy whirlpool, 20 minutes
1.50 ounce(s) 2017 Mosaic whirlpool, 20 minutes
1.50 ounce(s) 2017 Citra dry hop, high fermentation
1.50 ounce(s) 2017 Galaxy dry hop, high fermentation
1.50 ounce(s) 2017 Mosaid dry hop, slowing fermentation
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
4.0 quarts of rice hulls
- 2018-12-22 morning: @63.1*F, slow fermentation.
- 2018-12-22 evening @65.6*F, slow fermentation but picking up.
- 2018-12-23 morning: @69.1*F, good fermentation.
- 2018-12-23 evening: @72.6*F, hard fermentation but too hot (didn’t have cooling prepared, didn’t think it would be needed). Added dry hops – see recipe above.
- 2018-12-24 morning: @67.8*F, slow fermentation.
- 2018-12-30: cold crash to 36*F.
- 2019-01-02: kegged. Forgot to drain sanitary water prior to racking. Drain pour.
Useless Fact: A blue whale’s heart is so big that a small child can swim through its veins.