Green Flash IPA clone
I used a recipe off northern brewer as the base of this recipe. This was only my 4th batch, all of which have been IPA's, and this was by far my best. Even with all the hops used in this recipe, I still don't think it quite matched the bitterness and hop aroma from the actual Green Flash IPA from the tap, but I feel my beer actually turned out to be more drinkable (I would say the hoppiness is toned down just enough to where it isn't like a double IPA which I believe the Green Flash IPA to be very close to).
Here is the basic recipe I used:
9.9 lbs of Light LME in a full boil starting with about 6.5 gallons of water. (This is the amount I always use for my IPA's since they come in 3.3lb bags)
Specialty Grains: Steeped at 160 degrees for about 30 minutes.
1 lb - 40L Crystal Malt
.5 lb - 120L Crystal Malt
.5 lb - Vienna Malt
(This is just a combination I had left over, you could take out the 120L for a lighter colored beer).
0.50 oz. Simcoe Pellet 11.90 24.5 90 min.
0.25 oz. Columbus Pellet 14.00 13.1 60 min.
0.25 oz. Simcoe Pellet 11.90 11.1 60 min.
0.25 oz. Columbus Pellet 14.00 6.7 30 min.
0.25 oz. Simcoe Pellet 11.90 5.7 30 min.
0.75 oz. Columbus Pellet 14.00 10.5 15 min.
0.75 oz. Simcoe Pellet 11.90 8.9 15 min.
1.00 oz. Cascade Pellet 5.75 4.3 10 min.
0.50 oz. Columbus Pellet 14.00 4.4 1 min.
0.50 oz. Simcoe Pellet 11.90 3.7 1 min.
0.50 oz. Amarillo Pellet 7.50 0.0 Dry Hop
0.50 oz. Centennial Pellet 10.50 0.0 Dry Hop
0.50 oz. Columbus Pellet 14.00 0.0 Dry Hop
0.50 oz. Simcoe Pellet 11.90 0.0 Dry Hop
Note: I tweaked this a bit for the actual brew as I did not use the Amarillo in the dry hop addition, but substitued it with some left over simcoe.
I let this ferment for about 3 weeks, then added dry hops for another week (did not use a secondary).
Would love to see anyone else's variations or recommendations for this clone. I will definitely be brewing this again soon.
Yours looks right on target. Here is the clone recipe straight from Chuck Silva and discussed on Can You Brew It?:
Green Flash Co.: West Coast IPA
6 Gal. batch
14# American Two Row
1.31# British Carastan 30-37
0.5oz Simcoe @ 90min
0.5oz Columbus @ 90 min (optional)
0.25oz Simcoe @ 60min
0.25oz Columbus @ 60min
0.25oz Simcoe @ 30min
0.25oz Columbus @ 30min
0.75oz Simcoe @ 15min
0.75oz Columbus @ 15min
1oz Cascade @ 10min
0.5oz Simcoe @ Flameout
0.5oz Columbus @ Flameout
0.5oz of each: Amarillo, Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, Cascade for Dry Hop
Mash Temp: 152F, Boil Time 90min
Yeast : WY1056 or WLP001
Ferment Temp: 68F -> 72F
Funny this recipe should show up on HBT. Just transferred my batch from primary to secondary after 5 days of dry hopping. Total of 2 weeks in primary. Tasted great from the gravity sample. Haven't been able to find the commercial version of this, but I was going for a very hoppy beer along the lines of "Hop Slam" made by Bell's Brewing.
It will be in the secondary for one more week before transferring to the keg. Hopefully I'll have this on tap and ready to go by our 4th of July party this year. If the sample from the hydro test is any indication of the finished product, I will be one happy camper.
To all of you reading this recipe, you may be thinking this is an insane amount of hops. In total, I believe this batch costed right around $60.00 with all of the grains and hops (excluding yeast, used washed WLP001). Well worth the time, money, and effort to make this batch. Hats off to the guys over at the BN!
This sounds awesome, would anybody have a PM recipe for this?
"Would love to see anyone else's variations or recommendations for this clone."
For your extract recipe, I would replace some of the LME with corn sugar to get it to finish closer to 1.014. Maybe try a half pound next time either added at flameout or at the end of fermentation. If you add it at the end of fermentation, add it to boiling water first at a 3/4 cup per pound of corn sugar ratio. It will make it slightly hoppier without using more hops.
Also, I've tried dry hopping maybe 3 times so far, and for this batch I used 2 ounces of hops, letting them sit for about 7 days after the batch had fermented for 3 weeks. However, it still didn't seem to have that same powerful aroma as the real Greenflash IPA from the tap. Should I use more hops next time dry hopping, or try using something other then hop pellets (plugs), or let them sit in the batch longer?
I just did a 5 gal partial mash version as follows:
7 lbs LME
1.5 lb Crystal 40L
1.5 lb Pale Malt(2-row)
0.5 lb corn sugar
1 oz. Columbus Pellet 60 min.
1 oz. Simcoe Pellet 60 min.
0.25 oz. Columbus Pellet 30 min.
0.25 oz. Simcoe Pellet 30 min.
0.75 oz. Columbus Pellet 15 min.
0.75 oz. Simcoe Pellet 15 min.
1.00 oz. Cascade Pellet 10 min.
0.50 oz. Columbus Pellet 1 min.
0.50 oz. Simcoe Pellet 1 min.
0.50 oz. Amarillo Pellet Dry Hop
0.50 oz. Centennial Pellet Dry Hop (sub Cascade)
0.50 oz. Columbus Pellet Dry Hop
0.50 oz. Simcoe Pellet Dry Hop
I mashed at 155 for 45 min, sparged at 170 for 10 min, did a 60 instead of 90 min boil, increased the 60 min addition to compensate (also the podcast said to increase early additions to increase bitterness, so added Columbus), added the corn sugar at flameout. My brew kettle is only 4 gal, so had to top off to reach 5 gal, O.G. 1.072. Total cost for ingredients: $37 (morebeer and hopsdirect). I'll let you know how it turns out.
Tastes pretty close to the real thing.
Can I ask what ambient temperature this was at in primary, and whether you saw much CO2/bubbler activity after the 7th day?
Also, did you check the gravity after a week, and what was it?
I'm trying to "debug" my brewing processes.
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