Working Title IPA

This was a cobbled together kinda recipe. I chucked in a tin of Coopers instead of struggeling with a larger mash/boil size on my limited equipment capabilities. I have some Rye malt to experiment with so I just added a very small amount to see if it would do anything noticible, maybe impart a hint of spiciness. I used pilsner malt as the base grain because I have a quantity of it on hand. I went with fruity hops, Cascade, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Motueaka. I used the Citra more sparingly this time as I learned from my Citra Pale Ale that Citra can be quite over-bearing.

Style Information

Name: American IPA
Recipe Type: Partial Mash

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
Pilsner 4 kg
Pre-hopped LME (Coopers Lager) 1.7 kg
Carapils (Dextrine) 0.2 kg
Crystal, Bairds Pale 0.2 kg
Cane Sugar (for priming) 0.20 kg
Rye Malt 0.1 kg
Carafa II malt 0.046 kg


Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Equiv IBU contribution from pre-hopped LME 0.018 kg 13.7% 0.2466 60
NZ Cascade 0.02 kg 7% 0.14 20
Citra 0.05 kg 11.1% 0.555 10
Motueaka 0.05 kg 7% 0.35 5
Nelson Sauvin 0.05 kg 11.5% 0.575 5
Citra 0.05 kg 11.1% 0.555 0
Nelson Sauvin 0.05 kg 11.5% 0.575 0


Name Amount Notes
Safale US-05 10g sprinkled dry on aerated wort

Mash Steps

Name Step Type Step Time Temperature
Saccharification Rest Infusion 60 67 C


Amount: 15L
Water Description: Nelson
Time: 60 minutes
Target Batch Size: 23 liters


Estimated OG: 1.061
Estimated FG: 1.015
Estimated ABV: 6.04%
Actual OG: 1.060
Actual FG: 1.012
Actual ABV: 6.30%
Bitterness: 74 IBU
Estimated Color: 10.2 SRM

Tasting notes

5/1/2014: Tasted amazing at bottling, great hops aromas and flavours, hope they still come through after a few weeks in the bottle. Getting a distinct hit of Citra but just the right amount this time unlike my Citra Pale Ale which was too heavy on the Citra. Citra is a very dominent hop. 5/4/2014: This beer took 1st place at a local homebrew competition. However at this tasting it seemed to me to have lost quite a bit of hops aromas so I was pleasently surprised by the win. 30/1/2014: This came out really great - one of my best tasting beers, surprising since it was a cobbled together recipe and I chucked a tin of Coopers into it. Citra has faded back in the hops mix so definately not too much Citra, maybe just the right amount. A slight problem is that I over-carbed it, but I can solve that on the twist top bottles by releasing some pressure. Biggest problem is there is not much left and it's only been in the bottles just over 3 weeks!

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