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Historic IPA recipe from Mitch Steele’s IPA

A few weeks ago I recieved a copy of Mitch Steele’s IPA:¬†Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. While a significant portion of the book is dedicated to the history of British brewing and IPAs, there are a number of recipes in the back of the book. These recipes are not only for historic IPAs, but also modern IPAs, including double and black variations.

I found that the historic sections of the book, as well as the historic recipes were most interesting, largely due to how insanely hoppy the IPAs of the 1700s and 1800s were. You have to wonder about a hoppy beer being aged in oak for 1-3 years, and still being hoppy — that’s a lot of hops in the beer.

I’ve had a stockpile of Fuggles for a while, and was wondering what to do with them (they aren’t exactly my favorite hop variety), when I stumbled upon a recipe in the book that uses a massive amount of hops — 1.54oz/gallon in the boil, and 0.25oz/gallon dry hopped, for a total of 120 IBUs in a 5.8% beer. Additionally, the grain bill is just British pale malt.

From IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale

“This is a moderate strength ale with a heavy dose of hops…. each recipe varies a bit, but this one epitomizes the theme. A single malt. A single hop. This beer is decidedly different from the ones to come later in the century. The hop flavor is truly through the roof. At nearly 5 pounds per barrel at a moderate gravity, saying this is hoppy is an understatement.”

Tasting notes: “Herby, hay-ey, grassy; ladyfingers crawl through the hop mist. Thoroughly, rippingly hoppy. Hops. More hops. Hop resins. Very long, dry, and crisp finish leaves a touch of malt sweetness shellacked and varnished with hops. Delicious hop burps. Hmmmmmmm…… hoppy.”

I did some calculations assuming loss in the kettle due to all the hops, as well as dry hopping, and also due to the fact that my Fuggles were lower alpha than what the book assumes, and so my recipe had slightly more hops than what I initially calculated.

Recipe: Fuggle IPA
Style: 14A-India Pale Ale(IPA)-English IPA

Recipe Overview

Wort Volume Before Boil: 8.75 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 6.50 US gals
Volume Transferred: 6.50 US gals
Volume At Pitching: 5.50 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.042 SG
Expected OG: 1.057 SG
Expected FG: 1.014 SG
Expected ABV: 5.7 %
Expected ABW: 4.5 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 122.5
Expected Color: 5.2 SRM
Apparent Attenuation: 75.0 %
Mash Efficiency: 75.0 %
Fermentation Temperature: 68 degF

Fermentables
UK Pale Ale Malt 13lb 5oz (100.0 %) In Mash/Steeped

Hops
UK Fuggle (4.0 % alpha) 4.50 oz Loose Pellet Hops used First Wort Hopped
UK Fuggle (4.0 % alpha) 4.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 30 Min From End
UK Fuggle (4.0 % alpha) 4.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 15 Min From End
UK Fuggle (4.0 % alpha) 2.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used Dry-Hopped

Yeast: Wyeast 1028-London Ale

Mash Schedule
Mash Type: Full Mash
Step: Rest at 156 degF for 60 mins

As per my usual MO, the 60 minute hops went in as first-wort hops, and in this photo, you can see the boil trying to break through the cake of hops floating at the top. Keep in mind this is only 33% of the kettle hops.

fuggle-ipa-boil

I’m glad that I scaled up the recipe, because there was a lot of hop goo at the bottom of the kettle, and I also had a massive blowoff during fermentation. It’s about 3 days from going into the keg, and I can’t wait to see what it tastes like.

IIPA Racked to secondary

iipa-racking

The IIPA made two weekends ago is done fermenting, and I racked to a secondary to get additional clarity prior to bottling, hopefully this weekend. A wicked hop bite, along with some good aroma and nice mouthfeel. The extra water I added after the boil bought the final gravity down to 1.022, giving us about 6.5%. Can’t wait to try it with some carbonation.

This was my first time using the S-04 yeast, and I have to say that when it says it makes for compact sediment, they aren’t kidding. I had a hard time getting it to rinse out of the carboy!.

Independence IPA

Tomorrow’s batch will be both the first holiday batch. Recipe will be as follows:

Recipe: Cascade Amarillo IPA

Final Batch Volume: 5.00 US gals
Expected OG: 1.075 SG
Expected FG: 1.024 SG
Expected ABV: 6.9 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 97.3
Expected Color: 13.0 SRM
Boil Duration: 90.0 mins

UK Pale Ale Malt 14lb 0oz (92.6 %) In Mash/Steeped
UK Dark Crystal 1lb 2oz (7.4 %) In Mash/Steeped

US Cascade (5.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used First Wort Hopped
US Amarillo (8.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used First Wort Hopped
US Amarillo (8.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 60 Min From End
US Cascade (5.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 60 Min From End
US Amarillo (8.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 15 Min From End
US Cascade (5.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 15 Min From End

Yeast: DCL S-04-SafAle

Schedule Name:Single Step Infusion (64C/147F)
Step: Rest at 147 degF for 60 mins

Updated to reflect actual attenuation, final gravity and efficiency for myself.