Wednesday, January 18, 2012

IBU Madness!

I've done it! I've reached unthinkable heights in bitterness! At least that's what the calculations tell me.

Just made a massive IPA. I'm not gonna call it an imperial, or a double, or triple, or even quad. I'm thinking Hyper IPA would be an appropriate name. People who talk to me on a regular basis wouldn't be surprised. They know I love the word "hyper". Nobody uses it, that's why. Anyways, I wanted to make something that would knock even my own socks off. So, I calculated what I would need to do to reach 140ish IBU, then I multiplied that by 0.85 (my own accomodation for what I believe to be overzealous calculations) and came up with 120ish IBU in the recipe I was designing. The only thing is, once I actually bought the hops, they had a higher reported alpha acid content than I had planned on. Oh well, just go with it, I thought. So I went with it, and reached, according to Palmer (who I believe uses Tinseth) 153.77 IBU. Multiply that by my magical 0.85, and you get 130.7 IBU. Not too shabby, I'd say. On to the recipe:

11 lbs pale 2-row
1.0 lb C20
0.5 lb munich

3 oz Columbus @ 60 min (14.4% aa)
0.95 oz Centennial @ 45 min (8.7% aa)
0.20 oz Summit @ 45 min (16.7% aa)
1 oz Amarillo @15 min (10.3% aa)

OG 1.060
WLP-001 California Ale Yeast

If you're wondering about the summit addition, it's because the 1 oz pack of Centennial I bought wasn't actually 1 oz. And, on a whim, I decided to add more than I needed to make up for it. Tasting it now, from my hydrometer test jar, it's barely got a hint of sweet caramel malt, and an already tongue-scraping bitterness.

Oh yeah, I'm gonna dry hop in the keg with two more ounces of Centennial. Boom.

Cheers, everyone, and happy beering.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shameless Plug!

Because shame is for losers! If any of you out there are interested, I've got a separate blog going about liquor and such. The focus: experimentation and home-made ingredients. Give it a try, subscribe if you like it. You can find it at

And don't worry, I'm still actively brewing. Updates to come soon, I think.