Saturday, January 11, 2014

Batch 7: 'Merican IPA: Brewing Day

Here was the program:
  1. Boil 4 gallons of water, and set aside to cool.
  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 (minus the 2/3 cup used for the starter), and stir till dissolved.
  4. Bring to boil until break (approx. 20 minutes).
  5. Hop.
    1. 0.66 oz. Centennial hops T-60 min.
    2. 0.66 oz. Centennial hops T-45 min.
    3. 0.67 oz. Centennial hops T-30 min.
    4. 0.67 oz. Centennial hops T-15 min.
    5. 0.67 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 and reserve water with ice bath and frozen water in 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 (#1272) starter.
  11. Aerate the wort by pouring back and forth between sanitized pails.
  12. Siphon into 6.5 gallon carboy primary fermenter, and affix airlock.
  13. Let ferment for two weeks in swamp cooler at 66º ±6º.
The original gravity was 1.062, about 0.01 points lower than expected; however, I'm guessing that the starter accounts for this and will correct the difference. I'll be dry hopping an additional 0.67 oz. of hops at secondary fermentation.

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