Homebrew Batch #39, #40: Double Duty IPAs

For my 39th and 40th batch of homebrews, I decided to go with some heavy duty late hopped IPAs.   I had one in mind: using Citra and Amarillo, and then I asked the guru at my local homebrew shop what his favorite IPA to brew was.  He told me that he loved Galaxy and Nelson-Sauvin hops and that they worked really well together.   Taking my standard “what’s the worst that could happen” homebrewing approach, I bought 3 ounces each of Nelson-Sauvin, Galaxy, Citra and Amarillo hops to brew some extract-based IPAs.  Unfortunately, these hops are all of the “limited quantity” variety, costing $4/oz, which made the total bill for these 2 2.5 gallon batches $99, which is high.   Hey – that’s what ample quantities of late hopping and dry-hopping will do, though.

the boil for Batch 1 - Galaxy/Nelson-Sauvin

the boil for Batch 1 – Galaxy/Nelson-Sauvin

So here’s the recipe that I came up with on Brewtoad.   My goal is to get as much hop flavor and aroma as possible without overwhelming bitterness.  My last late-hopped IPA efforts came out more bitter than expected, and after talks with my local homebrew shop guru, he suggested that he thought he knew what my problem was:  I don’t use a wort chiller, and when doing a 5 gallon batch, it takes a long time to cool in an ice bath in my sink: significantly longer than when I do a 2.5 gallon batch.   Even though I’d taken my hop-bag out at the end of my boil, there were still oils in the wort which were isomerizing for a long time as the wort chilled, leading to the bitterness.

Today, instead of brewing a 5 gallon batch and splitting it, I brewed two separate 2.5 Gallon batches (different hop pairs in each), and I left my hops-bag in the wort for about 15 minutes as it chilled.  I made an effort to accelerate the chilling process by putting ice directly in the wort (yes, contamination risk, i know…).  Again, the recipe is here:

hop schedule:

Hop Amount Time Use Form AA
Galaxy (AU) 0.25   oz 30  min Boil Pellet 14.2%
Galaxy (AU) 0.25   oz 15  min Boil Pellet 14.2%
Nelson Sauvin (NZ) 0.25   oz 10  min Boil Pellet 12.5%
Nelson Sauvin (NZ) 0.25   oz 7  min Boil Pellet 12.5%
Galaxy (AU) 0.5   oz 5  min Boil Pellet 14.2%
Nelson Sauvin (NZ) 0.5   oz 2  min Boil Pellet 12.5%
Galaxy (AU) 1.0   oz 2  min Boil Pellet 14.2%
Nelson Sauvin (NZ) 1.0   oz 0  min Boil Pellet 12.5%
Nelson Sauvin (NZ) 1.0   oz 2  days Dry Hop Pellet 12.5%
Galaxy (AU) 1.0   oz 4  days Dry Hop Pellet 14.2%

 

 

Galaxy hops

Galaxy hops

I plan to dry hop batch 1 with 1 ounce of Nelson Sauvin and 1 ounce of Galaxy – probably 4 and 2 days before bottling respectively.  For batch 2, I am doing it exactly like batch 1, except that I’ve replaced Galaxy with Citra, and Nelson Sauvin with Amarillo.

I managed to brew both of these 2.5 gallon batches before 1pm today.  That’s one benefit of extract vs. all grain.    Since my longest hop addition was 30 minutes, I was able to get away with 30 minute boils as well.

The OG for the Galaxy-Nelson Sauvin batch came out at 1.06, while the OG for the Citra-Amarillo batch came out at 1.055.   I had about 2.75 gallons in each batch, although the second batch was slightly larger, and I also forgot to take a hydrometer sample for the first batch, which resulted in me using the bottom of the kettle “dregs” for my hydrometer sample.   There was a lot of hop residue in this sample, and I think that’s why it skewed the reading a little bit.  1.055 is probably a more accurate measure of the original gravity of these batches.

Again, I will dry hop with 1 ounce of each type of hop used, probably for 4 (Galaxy / Citra) and 2 days (Nelson-Sauvin / Amarillo) respectively – after 3 weeks in primary fermentation in my basement, which is currently 66 degrees.

beer futures... hard assets

beer futures… hard assets

-KD

ps – I used Safale US-05 dry yeast for each batch

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