|I have always loved Raspberry Wheat beer. Say what you will|
but when it is done right, it is truly awesome!
I think what is motivating this is my need to make beer that more people will appreciate. Sure it is nice to drink interesting craft beer with beer nerds, but it is also nice to be able to give your bud drinking uncle Leroy a beer he will enjoy.
So I am putting out a series of recipes and brew days called... wait for it... younger daze. (I'm so damned creative.) In this series I am going to brew 2.5 gallon batches of the beers we loved in the mid 1990's and early 2000's. These are beers that anyone could make well. These are beers that didn't require a pressurized fermentation system and oxygen free transfer. There was no water chemistry required. And these were beers that always tasted better when you made them your self. These are all beers than can be kegged or bottled, and they will taste just fine.
|Who doesn't love the beer and the TV of the|
1990s and early 2000s
I invite you to brew along with my younger daze series. Return to basic awesome beer that all of your friends and neighbors will enjoy. If you have never tried all grain, well now is the time to get started. None of these beers require advanced equipment or advanced water adjustments. Although, making water adjustments is certainly an acceptable practice. I will certainly be starting with RO water and making adjustments. (Remember sports fans, John showed us all an easy way to adjust water for a low IBU beer last week, mixing RO water and tap water 50/50 and using 5.2 stabilizer.)
So over the next few weeks I will be posting the recipes for these beers. All 6 of them, I'll probably brew the BDSA first so that it can age properly before the fall and winter. But I'll probably brew 2 a weekend. And I am returning to Step Mashing in my cooler all of the time. That's right every single beer get's step mashed. I may be crazy, but I am more and more convinced that (overall) we made better beer in the early days of home brewing. Not as complicated, but better over all. We made beer with real head retention, and real mouth feel. I am pretty sure my millennial brewing partners would agree with me on this controversial claim.
But before I do any of that, I will be brewing a hop monster, well a hop hyppo. Why? Because I happen to have the ingredients for one, and because I really like this recipe. Here it is feel free to brew along with me.
By the way the Hop Bomb is the last of the 2 hour beers I will be making for now. I will only be mashing until the mash is done, and boiling for 30 minutes on this beer. The recipe is for 5 gallons, but I will only be brewing 2.5 gallons. Enjoy.
August Hyppo 3.0 Classic West coast IPA
76 IBU (1.25 IBU /OG)
72.5% efficiency on a step mash no sparge
3.8 # 6 Row Brewer's Malt
3.8 # 2 Row Brewer's Malt
1.0 # Cara 20
1.0 # Pale Wheat
4 oz Acidulated Malt
Mash at 150 F until the mash is converted then raise to 168 F to denature enzymes.
1.6 of Warrior (16%) at 30 minutes
2.0 of Cascade (7%) at 5 minutes
1.0 of Centennial (10.5%) whirlpool (175 F for 20 minutes)
1.0 of Cascade (7%) whirlpool (175 F for 20 minutes)
1.0 of Simcoe (13%) whirlpool (175 F for 20 minutes)
1.0 of Centennial (10.5%) dry hop 3 days
1.0 of Cascade (7%) dry hop 3 days
1.0 of Simcoe (13%) dry hop 3 days
US 05 yeast
Make a vitality starter - 1 cup of sanitary water + 3.5 Table spoons of DME at the beginning of brew day. Should be around 1.035 to 1.040 (I use my refractometer and get it in this range). Performance will be as fast and easy as liquid yeast.
I will be adding 1 g of Gypsum to my water pre mash. I will be adding .5 tsp of Gypsum to the boil (late). I will be using yest nutrient, and whirlflock.