Monday, March 31, 2014

We Talkin 'Bout Practice: A juicy DIPA in training

Since brewing HopWards not too long ago, and being really happy with how the first batch of it turned out, I've wanted to brew a DIPA using the same Tired Hands-esque hoppy brewing principals. This is not a clone of any beer that they make, more of another recipe in a series of beers I am brewing following the flavor profile that Jean and the folks at Tired Hands have been succeeding with. This recipe will likely be a work in progress, it may take me a few batches to dial this in, but this is a start. 

Its been a while since I brewed a double IPA, its probably because there are just so many spectacular commercial examples both seasonal and year round (Enjoy By, Sucks, Dirtwolf, Nugget Nectar (DIPA?), Chillwave, notice I didn't mention Hopslam) that I've been brewing for some variety on my taps. What I am envisioning for this beer is something with a creamy full body/mouthfeel, pale in color, no crystal malts, and an over the top citrus/fruitiness. As far as flavor and aroma goes I want something that could almost be mistaken for a glass of Orange, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Guava, Mango juice all blended into one glass. Sound good? Well it does to me.

The grain bill will be made up of mostly Pale Malt with %25 of the grist comprised of Oats and White Wheat to get a simple but creamy full body on the beer. To achieve this fruit cocktail hop character I chose a blend of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Citra for flavor/aroma and a HUGE dry hop. I decided to go a little heavier on the Simcoe in hopes of amping up the grapefruit while the other 2 should give me a nice tropical juicy cocktail. There will be a small bittering charge of CTZ and then fruit cocktail will be used at 5 minutes left in the boil and later.

I had a big healthy pitch of S-04 from batch #1 of HopWards so no need for a starter. Although I have been enjoying this yeast, its life in my brewery may be short lived as I plan to switch back to Conan now that I have a new vial of Vermont Ale (much more to come on The Yeast Bay stuff). I have been much better recently about planning a few batches in advance and continually pitching some lightly washed slurry from batch to batch. Consistent brewing frequency really helps with that, less starters, less wasted yeast, more saved money. Not to mention a strain starts to get comfortable in your brewery after a few pitches, which helps with consistency.

One thing I am starting to learn about these hoppy beers with Oats (and wheat) is that I may need to mash a little lower to ensure a drier beer. I mashed this beer at ~152f and the final gravity was 1.019, despite the cane sugar, for 72%+ AA which is fine but I would like a drier beer in the end. This can especially become a problem when I am aiming on the low side of the IBU range for these beers. I hate overly bitter, highly alcoholic DIPAs, huge turnoff to me and this will be the opposite of that, for better or worse.
Nearly an entire pint glass of dry hops.
***The night I was brewing this the 76ers were retiring Allen Iverson's number, so this was an easy beer to name, it also fits as a name for a recipe/brewing style I am dialing in. I give you...

Tasting Notes: 4/25/14

We Talkin 'bout Practice

Brew day: 3/1/2014
Kegged: 3/10/2013 
-(dry hopped in keg for 5 days at room temp)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 7.25 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.85 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.25 gal
Estimated OG: 1.081 SG
Measured OG: 1.079 SG
Measured FG: 1.019 SG
ABV: 7.9%
Estimated Color: 6.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 69 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 67.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

69.7% - 11lbs 8oz - CMC Superior Pale Ale Malt (3.1 SRM)
18.2% - 3lbs - CMC White Wheat
6.1% - 1lb - Flaked Oats
6.1% - 1lb - Cane Sugar

Boil: 60min - 0.65 oz CTZ [14.20 %] - 34.2 IBUs
Boil: 15min - 1 Whirlfloc Tablet + 1 tsp Wyeast Yeast Nutrient
Boil:  5min - 1.75 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - 14.0 IBUs
Boil:  5min - 1.25 oz Amarillo [8.50 %] - 6.6 IBUs
Boil:  5min - 1.25 oz Citra [12.00 %] - 9.3 IBUs
30 Minute Whirlpool 180f - 1.75 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - 1.4 IBUs -
30 Minute Whirlpool 180f 1.25 oz Amarillo [8.50 %] - 1.7 IBUs
30 Minute Whirlpool 180f 1.25 oz Citra [12.00 %] - 2.2 IBUs
Dry Hop: 5 days - 2.25 oz Amarillo [8.50 %] 
Dry Hop: 5 days - 2.25 oz Citra [12.00 %]
Dry Hop: 5 days - 2.25 oz Simcoe [13.00 %]

175ml of Safale S-04 Slurry from HopWards

Sacch rest - 60 min @ 152.1 F 

Fly Sparge 4.59 gallons 170f

Misc: 60 seconds of pure O2. Filtered Philadelphia Tap water, Baxter Plant, 4 grams Gypsum + 1g Baking Soda in the mash.

Notes: Fermentation was quick, fermented at 66f throughout and kegged on the 9th day. 


  1. Great minds think alike. I recently decided to try and brew an ipa similar to Tired Hands And then... 80% pale 2-row with a couple of pounds of flaked oats. The bittering hops were nugget. First batch aroma/flavor were a combo of citra and amarillo, second batch I added equal part galaxy. I'll dial in the recipe on the next couple of batches, but this beer is going to be my new 'house' beer. Cheers and hope the recipe works out for you.

    1. Well that sounds fantastic, I am a big fan of Galaxy but havent used it in a while. I just had Second Level by Tired Hands which is a Galaxy smash IPA, fantastic.

  2. Mmm... I can't imagine this not being real tasty. Cheers!

    1. Im enjoying it, its needs to be drier but it drinks really smooth. But I certainly acheived the tropical fruit juice I was going for, Vermont Ale is going to work perfectly in this beer.

  3. would you change anything after tasting this? mash temp?

    1. I will definitely lower the mash temp for the next batch. I was concerned that with a 1.019 FG that it my be overly sweet but that wasnt the case. I will be posting tasting notes tomorrow on this beer but it turned out almost as I expected, the only change I am going to make is to mash at 148. With all this wheat and oats I need a more fermentable wort. The drier beer should help in perceived bitterness and make it a more refreshing beer. All that being said I enjoy drinking this beer quiet a bit.

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