After finding and trying Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, I loved it, but wanted something even hoppier. And just a touch different. I also am a HUGE fan of the the SN Torpedo, which they have dubbed an "extra" ipa. I thought about hops to use and this and that and decided I wanted something a bit pinier than the Hop Stoopid, and a little more on the IBUS with a similar citrus profile as the Torpedo. I wanted a beer that I could really only want to drink one or two of, then move on to something a bit lighter. So I formulated something of a recipe that I call 2 Ed's (my brewery) "Malevolence Extra IIPA". I can only mash about 12 lbs of grain with the help of DeathBrewer's fantabulous tutorial, so it turned into a partial mash brew. I got everything I didn't have on hand ordered and waited patiently for my grains and hops to arrive. The recipe went something like this...
10# American 2 row
1# Victory Malt
3# Light DME late addition
1oz Warrior 60 min
2oz Warrior 30 min
2oz Warrior 20 min
2oz Warrior 10 min
1oz Citra at "flameout" (on an electric stove)
to be dryhopped with 1 oz of warrior and 1 oz of citra for 4-7 days after 1 week in secondary (i know... no one secondaries anymore... but i do) And another oz of citra dryhop on the third week in secondary for an additional 4-7 days.
AND of course, the coup de gras fermented with the busy little yeastie beasts so lovingly referred to as "Notty"... and that sunamabitch WHISTLED for a few days... there was no quiet burbling about it.
QBrew (yeah, I'm a cheap bastard, and it's free) puts it at 158 IBUs, target OG 1.083, and estimated FG at 1.021 for a total of 8.1% ABV
Sounded like it could be a winner to me. Not quite in any particular style guidelines, mind you... but I brew beer for me. And occasionally SWMBO. Enter brewday! I get all my stuff gathered and layed out and, E GADS MAN! I unwittingly used some of my DME stash in another brew... I THOUGHT i had at least 3 lbs of the stuff laying around, but it turned out I only had 1.7 lbs. I did, however have a couple lbs of Midwest gold LME from a previous steam beer batch leftover and water was heating and hop bags were opened and hops divvied... what can it hurt? so substitute 3 lbs of light DME for 1.7 lbs light DME and 2 lbs Midwest Gold LME. Mashed for 90 minutes due to some temperature issues, teabag sparge in 3.5 gallons of 170f water for 10 minutes, boil, cool, check gravity and pitch. Hit the number dead on
After a week in primary I rack to secondary and take another reading. Holy attenuation Batman! My gravity was @ 1.010. That takes it up a percent in ABV from the estimate. Thats ok... So I drink the sample and realize something of a conundrum. Its not just good, its REALLY good and its something I could definitely drink WAY more than one or two of and perhaps find myself in a LOT of trouble after drinking more than a few... hoping the dry hop will rowdy it up a bit to take down the excessive consumption rate that is sure to follow. Will keep those interested posted on the progress.