Sunday, May 19, 2013

Batch 5: 'Merican IPA: Brewing Day

Here was the program:
  1. Boil 4 gallons of water the day before, and set aside to cool overnight.
  2. Steep 10 oz. of CaraPils in 3 gallons of water for 30 min. at 160º ±10º.
  3. Add 3.3 lb. of pale LME, and stir till dissolved.
  4. Bring to boil until break (approx. 20 minutes).
  5. Hop.
    1. 0.7 oz. Centennial hops T-60 min.
    2. 0.7 oz. Centennial hops T-45 min.
    3. 0.7 oz. Centennial hops T-30 min.
    4. 0.7 oz. Centennial hops T-15 min.
    5. 0.7 oz. Centennial hops 0 min. for 10 minutes off heat
  6. Add 6.6 lb. of pale LME at knockout, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  7. Chill wort with ice bath and soda bottles to below 70º.
  8. Add wort to pail, and top off with cooled boiled water to just over 5 gallon-mark (or approx. 3 inches from top of pail).
  9. Measure original gravity.
  10. Pitch Wyeast American Ale II Yeast (#2772).
  11. Aerate the wort by pouring back and forth between sanitized pails.
The original gravity ended up being 1.074, a bit higher than expected. I accidentally steeped the specialty grains too hot (170º+). I'm hoping that doesn't add any off flavors.

I'll be dry hopping an additional 0.7 oz. of hops at secondary fermentation.

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