Batch 64: Cool your jets IPA

Brian and Jill at Nepenthe recently provided an astute diagnosis of developing off flavors in my beer. Turns out I’ve been neglecting the health of my yeast, both in terms of under-pitching and not controlling temps. I’ve had some pissed off yeasts. I’ve also recently begun to really dial in my water. With these tools in hand, I will attempt a new IPA which I’ve named in homage to my originally very careful but forgotten and new-found respect for temps and pitching rates 🙂

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale US 05
Yeast Starter: no starter, just two packets of Safale 05 🙂
Batch Size (Gallons): intended 5.5, collected ~3-3.5, added 1 gal spring water from Whole Foods
Original Gravity: 1.074 – then added 1 gal fresh water, assuming this brings me down to about 1.062
Final Gravity: 
IBU: ~60?
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: ~9 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 62* to start
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

7.5# Maris Otter (what I had left)
2.5# German Pils (what I had left)
10oz C60 (what I had left)

0.5oz Nugget, 0.5oz CTZ, 0.5oz Cascade 10min
0.5oz Nugget, 0.5oz CTZ, 0.5oz Cascade @Whirlpool (~15 minutes at 120*)

Mash was too hot (~158, intended ~150), didn’t sparge with enough water, wanted to whirlpool at 180* but instead ended up whirlpooling at 120*. Missed the mark in lots of ways, but let’s see if I can keep the temps in check after overpitching, as this was the real goal 🙂 the carboy is resting at a balmy 62* in a water bath.

Posted February 19, 2017 by fbarrett in Uncategorized