Brew Day 4: BrewSki IPA

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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

Notes:

– 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!

 

Heating up strike water with bucket heater
Heating strike water bucket heater style
Grains crush with the cereal killer
Grains crush with the cereal killer
Hit my mash temp thanks to BeerSmith
Hit my mash temp thanks to BeerSmith
Used a piece of foil to help temps.  Only lost a degree
Foil to help temps. Only lost 1 degree
pH on point
pH on point
Liking the 24" whisk
Liking the 24″ whisk
Too full... Got a 16 gal pot now
Too full… Got a 16 gal pot now
1.052 starting gravity (SG)
1.052 starting gravity (SG)
Whirlpool hops!
Whirlpool hops!
Ice chest recirc
Ice chest recirc
About 25-28 min to 65F
About 25-28 min to 65F
Time to get sanitary
Time to get sanitary
Original gravity at 1.062
Original gravity at 1.062
New oxygenation system
New oxygenation system
Pitched starter and into the chamber
Pitched starter and into the chamber
First pour.  Cloudy but tasty, needs more dry hops
First pour (after the yeast serving). Cloudy but tasty, needs more dry hops

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