Homebrew Batch #47: “Get The Hops Out of the Freezer” IPA

My wife is kinda pissed at me because I ordered some bulk whole leaf hops from Hopsdirect.com and they are in our chest freezer, making the whole thing smell delicious like a giant Hops Party, but she thinks the hoptasticness is going to contaminate our frozen meat.  Anyway, I’m re-brewing the 5 gallon extract IPA I just brewed, only with even more hops.

Recipe looks roughly like this:

bring 3.5 gallons of water to a boil, then add:

6.6lbs light liquid malt extract

Stir, desperately avoid boil-over, and one you get back to a boil,  add hops:

.3 oz Bravo

.5 oz Calypso

After 50 minutes, add hops:

.3oz Bravo, .4 oz Calypso, .3 oz Belma

After another 5 minutes (55 minutes total) add hops:

.3 oz Bravo, .3 oz. Calypso, .4 oz Belma

After another 5 minutes (60 minutes total) turn off heat, remove, kettle from burner, and add hops:

.6 oz Bravo, .8 oz Calypso, .6 oz Belma.

Chill to 70 degrees, remove hops bag (massive paint strainer bag filled with hops), transfer wort to plastic fermenting bucket, and top up to 5 gallons with filtered water.

Pitch Safale US-05 yeast.

Last time I dry hopped with 2.5oz of hops for 4 days, and 1 oz of hops for 2 days.   This time I’m planning on 4 oz for 6 days, and 4oz for 4 days…  what’s the worst that could happen.

I didn’t measure my OG, but by calculation, it should be:

6.6lbs of LME x 35 points per pound per gallon / 5 gallons = 1.046 OG.   Sessionable.

-KD

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