Another brew day in the books and I decided to post after the batch has been kegged and carbonated so I can show a poured glass (photos below). I also want to attempt a review of the brew and post recipes so you can try it out yourself if you wish, or suggest improvements.
This was the first IPA recipe I put together. In the recipe I will add the target water profile I used which I built from distilled water.
The brew day went well. I only forgot one ingredient and that was the irish moss… Not critical, but the beer was really cloudy. I know cloudy beer doesn’t mean bad beer, I just want it to be as clear as possible. Gonna start using gelatin in the next brew.
RECIPE: BrewSki IPA
– Need to clean my grain mill after this. Lots of dust collecting on the rollers.
– I got the idea for the foil from this post over at HBT
– I’m liking the 24″ whisk, makes dough in a bit easier. I never used a mash paddle so I can’t compare but dough balls were handled with ease.
– The boil was rough. I needed a bigger pot for this day but I went with what I had been using. I just received a new 16 gallon Bayou Classic from Overstock.com. Heavy duty and should make the boils go a lot smoother.
– I need to remember to add the irish moss. The beer is good but the cloudiness bugs me…
– This was the first time I had to use a blowoff tube. If it wasn’t for my airlock sniffing habit I would have not caught it in time. After reading Braukaiser’s site about mash pH and its effects on hop utilization, I think the blowoff helped keep the bittering harshness out of the beer. Could also be the FWH or the warrior hops for bittering /shrug.
– Overall I am happy with this beer, I got some good feedback from a couple friends last weekend. Right now the changes I plan on making for version 2 will be more dry hops (4 oz more?) and finings.
– Smell is fruity with some grapefruit and stone fruit. Bitterness is perfect for my taste and I am happy that it doesn’t linger in the back of the palate. Malty but not sweet. As you can see, I suck at describing flavor. A 7.5 on a 1-10 scale I say.
– I would like to simplify the hops because I think there are too many varieties. We’ll see…
Thanks for checking out the brew day. Cheers!