|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 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. Our mash process was more complete. 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. The beers we step mash are more complete. They have real mouth feel, and real head retention.
|We've been brewing August Hyppo for years.|
It is our version of a Classic West Coast IPA.
We always shoot for about 75-80 IBUs.
That is the range where we really feel like you can
get the best taste, and still experience the bitterness.
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. update: I mashed for 45 minutes, and boiled for 40 minutes. the dang 1oz package of Warrior was only .7 oz, so I had to extend my boil. Still brew day was only 2:48. 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) update a neighbor stopped by so whirlpool lasted for 25 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. update with the vitality starter the beer took off. It is Now Tuesday and the wort is at 1.014...arent sample ports great!
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.
The beer has been fermenting for 8 days, and has dropped to 1.012. It is not clear at all. I think because of the massive whirlpool hopping and dry hopping. The beer is bracingly bitter and the hop flavors are well defined. It explodes with Citrus, Grapefruit, and citrus Juice, but there is enough bitterness to balance. It reminds me more of a NEIPA than a WCIPA, It actually really reminds me of Boulevard "The Calling". I will bottle on Wednesday night. It is what it is at this point. I am not going to fine the beer. I don't want to lose any of the precious hop flavor. I am not surprised by the cloudiness of this beer. Remember I shortened the boil, and threw a lot of hops into whirlpool I think I will call this a MidWest IPA. MWIPA. I wont know for sure until I bottle, but right now this is the best IPA I have ever made. This oneis getting naturally carbonated. Cheers brew nerds.