The Electric APA
This is an all late-addition APA where hops are only added in the last 20 minutes to give it very smooth bitterness with a massive hop flavour. (More information on late hopping on Jamil's site here).
The Electric APA is one that I've made a few times now and everyone who tries it raves about it. I've made minor changes to the hop bill over the last year or two until until I got it exactly the way I liked it. It's one of my house beers that I like to always have on tap as it's dry and thirst quenching (my preference for APAs).
A large portion of the hop goodness comes from the Citra dry hops - they're essential (IMHO). I've even tried this recipe with 100% Citra hops and it just wasn't the same (it was somewhat one dimensional).
My brewhouse efficiency is 95% so scale as required to suite your setup.
The US-05 dry yeast can be replaced by WYeast 1056 or WLP-001.
The Electric APA
Size: 6.0 gal (post boil)
Brewhouse efficiency: 95%
Original Gravity: 1.056
Terminal Gravity: 1.010
Color: 5.86 SRM
Bitterness: 37 IBU
7.75 lb Standard North American 2-Row (78.5%)
1.75 lb Vienna Malt (17.7%)
0.375 lb Crystal Malt 40°L (3.8%)
0.5 oz Centennial (9.2%) - added during boil, boiled 20 min
0.5 oz Amarillo (8.2%) - added during boil, boiled 20 min
1/2 Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
1 oz Centennial (9.2%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
1 oz Amarillo (8.2%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
1 oz Centennial (9.2%) - added during boil, boiled 0 min
1 oz Amarillo (8.2%) - added during boil, boiled 0 min
12 g Fermentis Safale US-05
1 oz Citra (11.1%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
Add 250mg potassium metabisulphite to 10 gallons water to remove chlorine/chloramine (as required).
Water treated with brewing salts to: Ca=110, Mg=18, Na=16, Cl=50, S04=275
(Basically Randy Mosher's ideal Pale Ale numbers with slightly less Sulphate).
1.25 qt/lb mash thickness. Single infusion mash at 152F for 90 mins. Mashout to 168F.
60-90 min fly sparge with ~6 pH water.
Boil for 60 minutes. Lid on at flameout with 0 minute hops, start chilling immediately.
Cool wort to 66F and aerate well. Ferment at 66-68F until complete.
Add dry hops once fermentation is nearing completion (ie: below 1.015). Dry hop for 7-10 days total.
Rack to brite tank (secondary), crash chill to near freezing (if possible), add gelatine & let clear for 2-3 days.
Package as you would normally. I keg and carb on the low side (6-8 PSI).
This looks like a good recipe. I'll have to try it.
Nice recipe Kal. I've got 1/2 pound of Citra I've been waiting to use, here we go!
Just bought the ingredients for this today and will brew on the weekend. Looks good!
Good luck with the brew and let us know how it turns out!
I brewed my last batch on August 13th and it's been the kegs now about two and half weeks and it's perfect!
Made this beer again yesterday... it's been too long since I've had it!
I missed my target gravity: got 1.055/68F (target was 1.056). 94% efficiency instead of 95%. Close enough. ;)
I think it's actually pretty good considering that I'm brewing in the garage temporarily (the major reason why my efficiency varies a bit more than it used to).
I threw in an extra oz of Centennial at flame - out just because I had 5 oz of it packaged up (recipe calls for 4 when doing 10 gallons of finished product).
I love the way this wort smells/tastes. Is it wrong to just drink it as is?
Instead of dry hopping with Citra I've been thinking of trying Ahtanum or NZ Galaxy instead... I think either would go well. Thoughts?
Seems like a fun recipe to try! I have all the ingredients on hand to brew this one, so bonus. The aroma on this must be awesome. 95% efficiency, really?
Brewed this for the first time.... After tasting it, it won't be the last. Especially great on a hot afternoon.
Thanks for the recipe.
Glad you liked it! I just kegged another batch myself last week... waiting for a slot to clear up in the keezer so that I can put it on tap...
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