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burnunit 10-30-2010 04:38 AM

Transatlantic IPA
 
Grain
10 lbs Maris Otter
3 lbs Vienna Malt
0.5 lbs Crystal Malt (60L)
0.25 lbs Carapils

Mash Details
Infusion: 4.3 gallons strike water @ 171 F for 60 minutes @153 F
Batch sparge by vorlauf, drain, add 3.1 gallons sparge Water @ 168 F and drain again.
Volume to Kettle: 6.2 gallons for 60 minutes
Fermented for a week and racked to secondary with whole EKG hops.
Bottled and carbonated with 4.5 oz. corn sugar.

Hops
4.1 AAUs (8.2%α x 0.5 oz.) Amarillo (Pellets) Boil (60 minutes)
8.0 AAUs (8.0%α x 1 oz.) Northern Brewer (Pellets) Boil (60 minutes)
2.7 AAUs (5.4%α x 0.5 oz.) Goldings (Pellets) Boil (15 minutes)
2.7 AAUs (5.4%α x 0.5 oz.) Goldings (Pellets) Boil (5 minutes)
4.1 AAUs (8.2%α x 0.5 oz.) Amarillo (Pellets) Boil (5 minutes)
5.1 AAUs (5.1%α x 1 oz.) East Kent Goldings (Whole) Dry

Notes
Took a third running of about 1 gallon, sterilized in four 1qt mason jars under 15# pressure for later yeast starters.

Tested bottles within 1 week of bottling (I'm serious about my impatience). Taste has steadily improved in character over 3 week period.

Brewed up a nice orange-tan color. White 3-finger head. Decent balance of malt and hops in the nose. I'd say the hops flavor is predominantly citrus, and a hint of stone like slate or basalt, but not puckering. (yes, I've licked basalt before and that's the best analogy I could come up with) Still a little green after 2 weeks in bottle, but I'm an impatient taster.

I was going for a mix of American and British ingredients, pursuing mostly English IPA style guides, hence the "Transatlantic" name: British malt, American and British hops, American yeast, British SG and and IBU values. Wanted to see if I could do an assertive but not aggressive IPA and I feel I succeeded. I think it does well by the 14A. English India Pale Ale guide.

I'd like to try this recipe with the "hop bursting" techniques described in various places.

I tweeted a photo of the brew (and my label design) here.


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