UKNHC IPA Entry 07/2014

Update 14/09/2014 – Gold medal winning beer in the 2014 uknhc IPA category

This recipe was designed and brewed to enter the American IPA category of the UK national home brew comp, the idea being a 7.5% hoppy IPA that was a bit more refined than the Hop You IPA that i had success with in the London and south east comp last year.

So a 50L batch and working on 80% mash efficiency, mashed at 68degC for 60min, the mash temp was then raised to 74degC for mash out and sparged.

Non-isomerised hop extract added at start of boil, Aroma hops added to the whirlpool with a 30min steep.

Ingredients

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
12.72 kg Pale Malt (2 Row) US (3.9 EBC) Grain 1 82.2 %
1.16 kg Munich Malt (17.7 EBC) Grain 2 7.5 %
0.77 kg Cara-Pils/Dextrine (3.9 EBC) Grain 3 5.0 %
0.62 kg Wheat Malt, Bel (3.9 EBC) Grain 4 4.0 %
0.20 kg Caramalt 15L (30.0 EBC) Grain 5 1.3 %
4 x hopshot 4 x hopshot [17.00 %] – Boil 90.0 min Hop 6 52.9 IBUs
80.00 g Cascade [7.00 %] – Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 14.8 IBUs
80.00 g Centennial [10.00 %] – Boil 15.0 min Hop 8 11.1 IBUs
100.00 g Cascade [7.00 %] – Aroma Steep 30.0 min Hop 9 0.0 IBUs
100.00 g Centennial [10.00 %] – Aroma Steep 30.0 min Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
500ml slurry California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) Yeast 11
70.00 g Centennial DryHop 2 Cold [10.00 %] – Dry Hop 8.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
70.00 g Citra DryHop 2 Cold [12.00 %] – Dry Hop 8.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs
56.00 g Simcoe DryHop 2 Cold [13.00 %] – Dry Hop 8.0 Days Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
30.00 g Amarillo Gold DryHop 2 Cold [8.50 %] – Dry Hop 8.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs
30.00 g Chinook DryHop 2 Cold [13.00 %] – Dry Hop 8.0 Days Hop 16 0.0 IBUs
100.00 g Centennial DryHop 1 [10.00 %] – Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 17 0.0 IBUs
100.00 g Citra DryHop 1 [12.00 %] – Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 18 0.0 IBUs

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.068 SG
Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.5 %
Bitterness: 78.8 IBUs
Est Color: 10.4 EBC

Yeast pitched ay 17degC and fermented at 19degC, O2 added at 1L per min for 90 seconds to oxygenate wort, primary fermentation completed in 6 days, yeast dropped and DryHop1 added to fermenter at 19degC for 3 days. DryHop2 added, temp crashed to 3degC for 8 days (went on holiday to Lucca).

The IPA was then kegged and bottled. UKNHC entry was bottle conditioned. Judges score and feed back will be posted when received.

The kegged version pours with a slight haze, good white foam head that persists. The hop combination works well, lots of citrus and piney aromas (Hop scheduled similar to FW Union Jack) with just enough malt backbone to balance the beer. And best of all it is drinkable, drinking 3 or 4 pints of this in the evening is not a problem, but the 7.5 % does take a toll! This is the best IPA i have brewed to date.

Update 14/09/2014 – Gold medal winning beer in the 2014 uknhc IPA category

Update 01/11/2014 – Received the judging sheets for this IPA and all comments were positive, I was hoping there was going to be an improvement point but unfortunately not. This IPA will now be re brewed for the up coming LSE homebrew comp in April with some changes in procedure to the way I hopped the beer. The grist and hop combination will be kept but I want to lift the hop aroma to that of a true west coast IPA as i believe this will lift the beer into the mid 40 point range from the 42 it scored.

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