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Old 05-11-2009, 02:36 AM   #1
Apr 2009
Posts: 7

Hello everyone, this is my 2nd AG attempt. This time I am trying something that I think is rather unusual, an Imperial Honey Ale.

This beer is modeled after Imperial or Double IPA’s (India Pale Ales). I am looking to achieve a flavor similar to that of beers by Dogfish and Lagunitas; they were my inspiration for this beverage. However, seeing how I am a fan of Honey and using it as a fermentable, this recipe will contain Honey. I am not calling this a Braggot, because it will contain Hops and is first and foremost, a beer. I am using BJCP style 14-C, Imperial Pale Ale, as a guideline. My goal is to create a beer that would technically be an IPA, but feature Honey as well. This is an All Grain recipe…

• 2 Row Pale Malt 10 lbs
• Alfalfa Honey 3 lbs
• Cara Pils Malt 1 lb
• Crystal 60 1 lb

• Chinook 13% 2 Oz 60 mins
• Amarillo Gold 10% .5 Oz 45 mins (consider not using)
• Amarillo Gold 10% .5 Oz 15 mins (considering 5 mins)

• Yeast will be WYeast 1099 – Whitbread Ale

Using ProMash, this configuration would result in a wort that is:

S.G. - 1.089
Plato - 21.43
IBU - 119
SRM - 10

The BJCP style says an Imperial IPA should have no more than 100 IBU’s, thus my alternative boil periods. The alternate boil times and quantities will result in an IBU rating of 100 exactly.

I am planning on a 4.5 gallon mash, which will be approximately 1.5 Qts / lb. I will use a strike temp of 175° which should result in a mash temp of 160° - 165° F. I will mash for 60 mins and then use a batch sparge. I plan to re-circulate the first half Gallon of liquid through the grain, then use one additional Gallon of water heated to 155° F.

From here, I will bring to a boil and add the first round of hops. This will be the 2 ounces of Chinook for 60 minutes. Next will be one half ounce of Amarillo at the 30 minute mark. I will conclude with the other half ounce of Amarillo for a bit more flavor and aroma, with 15 minutes remaining.

All thoughts and comments are welcome, thanks for looking.

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Old 05-20-2009, 08:00 PM   #2
Apr 2009
Posts: 7


Brewed this Sunday and my batch came out dead on to the recipe. Using ProMash, I hit 77% efficiency and ended up with an O.G. of 1.091, a hair over my estimate. I used a bit of cold, store packaged drinking water to speed up cooling and I brought my O.G. to 1.086, I can deal lol Here was the final outcome:

Imperial Honey Ale
A ProMash Recipe Report
BJCP Style and Style Guidelines- 14-C India Pale Ale, Imperial IPA

Min OG: 1.075 Max OG: 1.108
Min IBU: 60 Max IBU: 100
Min Clr: 8 Max Clr: 15 Color in SRM, Lovibond

Recipe Specifics

Batch Size (Gal): 5.00 Wort Size (Gal): 5.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 15.00
Anticipated OG: 1.089 Plato: 21.43
Anticipated SRM: 10.0
Anticipated IBU: 121.5
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75 %
Wort Boil Time: 65 Minutes

Pre-Boil Amounts

Evaporation Rate: 15.00 Percent Per Hour
Pre-Boil Wort Size: 5.97 Gal
Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.075 SG 18.17 Plato


% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
66.7 10.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) America 1.036 2
20.0 3.00 lbs. Honey 1.042 0
6.7 1.00 lbs. Caramel Pils Malt Belgium 1.034 2
6.7 1.00 lbs. Crystal 60L America 1.034 60

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
2.00 oz. Chinook Pellet 12.00 102.0 65 min.
0.50 oz. Amarillo Gold Pellet 8.50 15.7 45 min.
0.25 oz. Amarillo Gold Pellet 8.50 2.3 15 min.
0.25 oz. Amarillo Gold Pellet 8.50 1.5 5 min.


WYeast 1099 Whitbread Ale

Mash Schedule

Mash Type: Single Step

Grain Lbs: 12.00
Water Qts: 18.00 - Before Additional Infusions
Water Gal: 4.50 - Before Additional Infusions

Qts Water Per Lbs Grain: 1.50 - Before Additional Infusions

Saccharification Rest Temp : 0 Time: 0
Mash-out Rest Temp : 158 Time: 65
Sparge Temp : 170 Time: 60


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Old 05-28-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
Apr 2009
Posts: 7


Gravity now at 1.025 = 8% ABV. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, with a terrific aroma and smooth finish. It is rather cloudy yet and I am sure it will take another week or two in a secondary to clarify.

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Old 07-27-2011, 07:51 PM   #4
Mar 2011
Houston, TX
Posts: 11

how did this turn out in the end?

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Old 07-27-2011, 09:08 PM   #5
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I would like to know too... specifically if the amount of crystal malt was superfluous (*$100 word right there*) given that amount of honey?

Was the beer too sweet?

And someone post any pics of Marisa Tomei.

That is all.

- Fast Ricky

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