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Brewed: Squirrels with Knives, North East India Pale Ale

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Squirrels with Knives brew day and recipe creation:

The home brew day for Squirrels with Knives, a North East India Pale Ale (NEIPA), was only possible via friendship. Due to a couple of surgeries over the first two months of 2020, I haven’t been able to brew and that time would have lasted another month or more if it wasn’t for my friend Mike volunteering for grunt work. When he offered to assist, I made it very clear to him that a brew day, from start to finish, was a six hour endeavor. Mike is gracious.

Surprisingly there is a bunch of Squirrels with Knives pictures available on the internet.

Brewing with rye was something that has been on my mind for a while as I quite enjoy the profile of rye in beer. A hop profile that pairs well with rye isn’t typical for the current expectations of NEIPA. An orange hop profile balances the spicey rye.

Centennial has been sitting in the freezer, begging to be enjoyed outside of the vacuumed sealed bag that had been its home for the past year. A touch of citra would add the tropical side that was needed but only for complexity, not to be the star. Pacifica has a nice citrus profile that would compliment the Centennial.

The malt bill would be quite simple but big on the rye. I wanted it to be the highlight of the malt bill. Honey malt was added to give a touch of sweetness without the caramel notes that C40 or similar would add.

Why Squirrels with Knives

Reruns of Everybody Loves Ray have been running on the weekends for the past few months. My wife and enjoy the chance to watch a couple of episodes as a lazy wake-up call on a Saturday/Sunday morning. Chris Elliot plays Peter MacDougall, Robert Barone’s brother in-law, starting around season 7. In the episode in which Robert is getting married, he states that his new brother-in-law is so crazy that he has “squirrels with knives running around in there (his head)”. Just found that to be damn funny.

Recipe for Squirrels with Knives

General Information:
Brew Date: Saturday, February 02, 2020
Day: Sunny, @43*F
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S04
Yeast Starter: None
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.055
Finishing Gravity: 1.003
IBU: 17.4
Color: 5.1 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 30
Conversion Efficiency: 66.99%
Alcohol by Volume: 6.83%
Apparent Attenuation: 94%
Calories per ounce: 176.5
Primary Fermentation: 2 days @66*F, 4 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
9.50 pounds 2-row
2.50 pounds Rye
1.00 pounds Oats
4.00 ounces Honey Malt

Saccharification @150.4*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @10 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @5 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @0 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2018 Pacifica @0 minutes
2.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @20 minutes whirlpool
2.00 ounce(s) 2018 Pacifica @20 minutes whirlpool
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Citra @20 minutes whirlpool
2.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial dry hop 6 days
1.00 ounce(s) 2018 Pacifica dry hop 6 days
2.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial dry hop 3 days
2.00 ounce(s) 2017 Citra dry hop 3 days

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


  • 2020-02-22 evening: @66.3*F, no fermentation.
  • 2020-02-23 morning: @64.9*F, active fermentation.
  • 2020-02-23 evening: @65.3*F, hard fermentation, added dry hops.
  • 2020-02-24 morning: @68.7*F, hard fermentation, added heat @68.0*F.
  • 2020-02-25 morning: @67.3*F, no fermentation.
  • 2020-02-25 evening: added dry hops.
  • 2020-03-02: kegged

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Brewed: Rabbit NEIPA

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

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Home brewing isn’t a necessity but it is therapeutic. I haven’t had the chance to put my skills on display in quite some time. No better way to get back on the band wagon than to brew up a batch of Northeast India Pale Ale (NEIPA).

Rabbit NEIPA gets it name from the most recent Avengers movie: Infinity War. In it, Thor, refers to Rocket as Rabbit. I immediately found that funny. It is funny since Rocket is a raccoon and, in multiple movies, they make fun of the type of animal is might be. I find this funny and knew I had to name a beer after the banter.

The itch to brew was upon me a couple of weeks prior to actual brew day. I made a trip to the local home brew store and I had one major goal: get some liquid yeast. Specifically I was looking for Wyeast 1318 – London Ale III. I have seen many recipes that use this yeast in NEIPAs but I always seem to be crunched for time with brew days being more of a spontaneous event rather than planned.

Formulating the recipe for Rabbit

Home brewing a NEIPA has certain prerequisites for me: oats/wheat (or both) and hops that will give a solid tropical aroma and flavor. The oats and wheat are always the easy part. I keep playing with the hops, leaving out Citra many times, to see if there are other variations that yield said tropical profile. I have been about 50/50 so far. I decided to go for a typical style profile using Citra. Simcoe was laying around; easy decision. Throw in a dash of Azacca and it sounds like a winner.

The kegging of this beer let the aromas free, creating anticipation for the first real taste. Enjoy!

Recipe for Rabbit NEIPA

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Day: low humidity, high sky, started @60*F
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Wyeast 1318
Yeast Starter: 2L
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.047
Finishing Gravity: N/A
IBU: 63.1
Color: 3.9 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Conversion Efficiency: 67.75%
Alcohol by Volume: N/A
Apparent Attenuation: N/A
Calories per ounce: N/A
Primary Fermentation: 7 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
4.00 pound(s) 2-row
4.00 pound(s) Red Wheat
1.00 pound(s) Flaked Barley
1.00 pound(s) Oats
4.00 ounce(s) Caramel 20L

Saccharification @150.5*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce(s) 2016 Simcoe @first wort
1.00 ounce(s) 2016 Azacca @10 minutes
2.00 ounce(s) 2016 Citra @5 minutes
2.00 ounce(s) 2016 Azacca whirlpool, 20 minutes
2.00 ounce(s) 2016 Simcoe whirlpool, 20 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2016 Citra whirlpool, 20 minutes
3.00 ounce(s) 2016 Citra dry hop, high fermentation
2.00 ounce(s) 2016 Simcoe dry hop, high fermentation
2.00 ounce(s) 2016 Simcoe dry hop, slowing fermentation
1.00 ounce(s) 2016 Citra dry hop, slowing fermentation

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


  • 2018-10-01 evening: @67.1*F, added first round of dry hops.
  • 2018-10-02 evening: @67.3*F, added second round of dry hops.
  • 2018-10-06: cold crash.
  • 2018-10-07: kegged.

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