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Old 03-27-2009, 05:15 AM   #1
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I'm looking for someone to help me come up with an all grain clone recipe of Deschutes Hop Henge IPA.

I'll send a 22oz. bottle of this lovely brew to someone who can help me come up with an AG recipe to recreate it. If it is available where they live I'll send them money to buy the bottle instead.

What I know:

From their web site:
* Several pounds of Centennial & Cascade hops are in each barrel with a heavy dry-hop presence to top it off.
* A blend of crystal, pale and caraston malts creates an overall biscuity characteristic that is dense and muscular, building the alcohol base to support the monstrous hop profile.
* 8.75% ABV
* 95 IBUs

From taking a FG reading on the finished beer:
* 1.024 (If my hydrometer is correct)

I've only brewed 6 AG batches, so I'm kinda new at this. I would imagine the OG needs to be about 1.090 or 1.091. There will be lots of cascade and centennial hops. I will happily send a free beer to someone who can help me with a recipe to come close to this beer. Who is the best person for the job?.. and are they willing to help?

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Hop Henge started its life as an India Pale Ale, but this year it was bumped up to “Imperial IPA” status, with a hefty dose of additional hops.
“This one is lovely,” said taster Tom Conti. “They got it just right.”
It pours out a deep amber, with an appealing rocky head, and rich hop aroma wafting from the glass. “They sure dosed it with a lot of hops...[there’s] a lot of hop bitterness in the taste,” one taster observed.
In addition to the Imperial-level hopping, Hop Henge also boasts Imperial-level alcohol content, with 8.1% a.b.v.
This was the top-rated beer during its tasting session, and tasters had to dig deep for new superlatives to describe it. “This is a beautiful beer,” concluded taster Gregg Glaser. “Full of flavor and hops and malt and hops again.”
“Not for the timid,” said taster Robert Lachman.

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Old 03-27-2009, 05:42 AM   #2
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you may want to degas your sample to get the most accurate hydrometer reading.

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I am also very impressed with "Experimental" Hop Henge IPA. Had it on tap in Seattle area 2 weeks ago and it is fantastic.

Grist bill - seems like similar to the Green Flash West Coast IPA with the carastan.
It is slightly maltier/sweeter and darker so maybe 50/50 of crystal 60 or 80 and carastan.

Hops - I taste more then Cent and Cascade. Perhaps a Columbus bittering.

It would be interesting to drink these two fanatastic beers side by side and then add/subtract from the GF West Coast IPA (known recipe).

Both of these are on my radar to make this year.

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Hey gonzo - Are you up to the task of trying to clone this sucker if I send you the bottle?.. I don't know if you can buy it in Santa Clarita.

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If you email Deschutes and ask them for the recipe. They will send you a generic recipe with ingredients, the only catch is that it doesn't have the amounts.

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Hey gonzo - Are you up to the task of trying to clone this sucker if I send you the bottle?.. I don't know if you can buy it in Santa Clarita.
I will put together what I think and send it to you. I will email deschutes and see what happens. I have not seen this locally but will look further.
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I got this from Deschutes:

Deschutes Brewery Hop Henge® Clone

Specifics:

Recipe type: All grain
Batch size: 5 U.S. gallons
Original gravity: 1.089-1.092
Final gravity: 1.014-1.016
Boil time: 90 minutes
Fermentation temp: 65° F
Yeast type: English Ale

Malt:
Pale 2-Row
Munich
Crystal

Hops:
Millennium
Centennial
Amarillo
Northern Brewer
Cascade


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Temps, times and weights are the challenge. Happy Brewing!

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It is funny how they say pale, crystal and caraston on their website and then tell you munich. I have emailed them and asked for the recipe. As soon as I hear back I'll put together a recipe and post here.

From the website "The newest incarnation of Hop Henge uses several new hop processes and techniques to create a truly unique and unexpected beer."

It is anyone's guess what this clue is. FWH, Mash Hop, hop tea? I have good luck using a hopback I made, but I need to use whole hops.

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I'd look into hop bursting and massive additions in the whirlpool. Brings huge flavor and some IBUs without loosing aroma from boiling.

I'll have to find this IPA and give it a whack.

I'd also go with British Pale and skip the munich and 2 row. Gives some nice bready flavor without needed the munich.

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OK Diatonic, Here is what I am thinking.
Don't send me anything - just make it and let me know how it turns out.


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Recipe: Hophenge IPA
Brewer: Copper Hill Brewery
Asst Brewer:
Style: Imperial IPA
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (48.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 7.09 gal
Estimated OG: 1.079 SG
Estimated Color: 15.5 SRM
Estimated IBU: 105.6 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 67.00 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
14.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 84.85 %
1.75 lb Carastan (37.0 SRM) Grain 10.61 %
0.75 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 4.55 %
0.75 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
0.75 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
0.50 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (Dry Hop 7 days)Hops -
0.75 oz Millenium [15.50 %] (75 min) Hops 37.7 IBU
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (60 min) Hops 15.5 IBU
0.50 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (60 min) Hops 13.2 IBU
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (30 min) Hops 11.9 IBU
0.50 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (30 min) Hops 10.1 IBU
0.25 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (15 min) Hops 3.8 IBU
0.25 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (15 min) Hops 2.1 IBU
0.75 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (5 min) Hops 3.9 IBU
0.75 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (5 min) Hops 2.6 IBU
0.75 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (5 min) Hops 4.6 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-SteepHops -
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-SHops -
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (0 min) (Aroma HopHops -
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [StartYeast-Ale


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body
Total Grain Weight: 16.50 lb
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Single Infusion, Medium Body
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 20.63 qt of water at 165.9 F 152.0 F
10 min Mash Out Add 11.55 qt of water at 201.7 F 168.0 F


Notes:
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I plan to use yeast cake from GF West Coast IPA.
I may split the flameout to half in the kettle and half in the hopback if I can get them in leaf.
Quantities to be adjusted depending on AA% of hops purchased.

A total of 9oz. of hops in this puppy.

I will try to make this after I make the Green Flash West Coast IPA....
Notice the similarity in the grain bill.


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Recipe: GF West Coast IPA
Brewer: Copper Hill Brewery
Asst Brewer:
Style: American IPA
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (45.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.94 gal
Estimated OG: 1.071 SG
Estimated Color: 9.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 102.1 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 68.00 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
12.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 82.76 %
1.25 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 8.62 %
1.25 lb Carastan (37.0 SRM) Grain 8.62 %
0.25 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
0.25 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
0.25 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
0.75 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (90 min) Hops 34.3 IBU
0.25 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
0.25 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 10.7 IBU
0.25 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (60 min) Hops 11.5 IBU
0.25 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (30 min) Hops 8.8 IBU
0.25 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (30 min) Hops 8.2 IBU
0.50 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (15 min) Hops 10.6 IBU
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (15 min) Hops 11.4 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (10 min) Hops 6.6 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-SteepHops -
0.50 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-SteepHops -
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [StartYeast-Ale


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body
Total Grain Weight: 14.50 lb
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Single Infusion, Medium Body
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 18.13 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F
10 min Mash Out Add 10.15 qt of water at 200.7 F 168.0 F
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