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Tasted: Little Mon’ Down Under

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Bomber of Little Mon' Down Under home brew.

November was a busy month of home brewing for me. I ended with four batches totaling 22 gallons of delicious home brew.

Lil Mon’ Down Under is an American pale ale brewed with a heap of Galaxy hops (11 ounces), mostly late additions and copious amounts of dry hops.

I haven’t been that fond of many of my beers lately but this beer made me excited to home brew again. This beer was all gone, outside of two bottles, two weeks after it was ready in the bottle. Like lightening it was gone. I had a coworker ask me how much I would charge for six bottles as his friends really liked the beer. Confidence builder.

Look: Pours cloudy giving a dull, dark gold color. Very drab looking, almost ugly. Huge amounts of white, billowing foam fill the glass. Retention is solid while the foam thickens as it recedes. Lacing begins as the foam falls back, leaving sticky wisps. Whenever I use four or more ounces for dry hopping I end up with a dank looking beer.

Aroma: Lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple, passion fruit and mango. Great aroma.

Taste: Light sweet malt takes the rear seat as the hops come through. Tropical fruit. Touch of honey.

Drinkability: Medium body. Medium carbonation, maybe.

Overall: This is one of the better beers I have brewed lately. A nice pale ale with plenty of tropical hops to hold up and balance a basically base malt beer. The one fault: I think I need a 20ish minute hop addition to give it more hop flavor. The aroma trumps the flavor.

I would like to determine how other home brewers, without using filtration, are able to clear up large dry hoppings. I don’t mind the cloudy beer but its just not as sexy as a more clarified version. Needless to say, time to turn to Home Brew Talk. My next hopped up creation will include a bigger variety of hops and, quite possibly, some rye. Enjoy!

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Brewed: Little Mon’ Down Under

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

little mon down under

Lately I have been home brewing every two months, only to refresh the stock of IPA in the house.

I brewed a Sip of Sundshine pseudo clone back in September. In keeping with the focus of trying to improve on my IPA home brewing, I really looked into water profile. I purchased Salifert salt water test kits for alkalinity, magnesium and calcium. According to some correspondence that I had with a fellow home brewers on home brew talk, these test kits are very reliable and accurate. I have familiarity with them from my salt water days (miss it).

I did measurements for alkalinity and calcium. Alkalinity was 305 while calcium was at 140. If the 140 calcium number is correct, I believe that is a ridiculously high number. I am still investigating if those numbers are in the correct rate measurements that is needed for comparisons made by brewing water calculators. Therefore, as you could have guessed, I didn’t make any changes to the local water.

I will eventually figure out water chemistry. Enjoy!

Little Mon’ Down Under

General Information:
Brew Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Vermont Ale
Yeast Starter: 2 liter
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.052
IBU: 51.9
Color: 3.4 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 5.1%
Primary Fermentation: 14 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
9.00# 2 Row
12.0oz Red Wheat
8.0oz Flaked Oats
8.0oz Honey Malt

Saccharification @149.1*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce Magnum @60 minutes
1.00 ounce Galaxy @5 minutes
4.00 ounces Galaxy @whirlpool 20 minutes
5.00 ounce Galaxy @2 days dry hop

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


  • 2015-11-27: Dry hop with 5.0 ounces of Galaxy hops
  • 2015-11-29: Bottled, 28, 22 ounce bottles. Final gravity: 1.010.
  • 2016-01-05: Tasted one of the last bottles.

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