I have been putting together a recipe based on Firestone Walker Union Jack. It has turned into my go-to IPA (when I am out of homebrew and there isn't anything new to try at the bottle shop). I am hesitant to call it a clone, but I put this together based on information about the beer from their website as well as stuff I have read about their brewing methods on the web.
10lbs Pale Malt, 2 Row
1.5lbs Munich Malt
1.0lbs Crystal 20L
.25lbs Acid Malt*
*Acid Malt used to adjust mash PH based on the Water Chemistry Primer. If you aren't adjusting your water, skip the Acid.
Mash at 149. (I did my mash for 75 minutes based on this thread
. If you don't have attenuation issues you can probably do a standard 60 minute)
60min 1.25oz Magnum
15min Whirlfloc Tablet Firestone's beers are nice and clear.
Hop Stand- 1.00oz Centennial (30 Minutes)
Hop Stand- 1.00oz Cascade (30 Minutes)
I put in my hop stand additions at flame out.
Dry Hop- 0.5oz Amarillo
Dry Hop- 0.5oz Cascade
Dry Hop- 0.5oz Centennial
Dry Hop- 0.5oz Chinook
Dry Hop- 0.5oz Citra
Dry Hop- 0.5oz Simco
Firestone says they do a double dry hop on their Union Jack. I haven't decided whether I am going to split all 6 dry hop additions in half, put in 3 of the hop additions for the first round of dry hopping, then the other 3 for the second round, or if I am just going to do a single dry hop.
Also Firestone doesn't keep their beer on the dry hops for longer than 5 days. So I will either do a single 5 day dry hop, or if I do a double dry hop, each one will be 4 days.
I put "about 70 IBU's" because I don't have a good calculation for what I will get out of the hop-stand. People have said/guessed it is similar to if the hops were a 20 minute addition.
The color is a little off, I get 6.8 SRM from Beersmith. Firestone says the Union Jack comes out at an 8 SRM. I may tweak the next batch with some Crystal 40L to get it closer, but was going to wait to see how the first batch looks first.
I wasn't sure if I should throw up a recipe until I had tasted the final results, but I wanted to update the status of my beer pipe-line in my sig, so here it is. Questions/comments/suggestions are of course welcome.