It's been about a year since I was able to brew, but I swore to do a batch today.
I'm an extract/grains brewer. I decided to just pick up random stuff at the supply store locally, in hopes that the muse would do the rest today. I have a bunch of oddball hops I ordered from HopsDirect in December, which I vacuum-sealed into small packages. I'm hoping to do an IPA of interest.
So here's what I'm planning:
8.5lb Extra Light DME
12oz Crystal 40L
2 vials fresh WLP001 (missed my Friday session for a build-up on one vial, oops) (and I have a US05 packet, just in case)
(this should get me a SG of 1.071)
I'm using a 10G kettle, so full boil with 6.5G distilled water (may sub one gallon of spring water to harden it a bit).
Here's what I have for hops (pelleted, in a nylon mesh bag):
1# Super Galena @ 12.0AA
1# Bravo @ 14.0AA
1# Belma @ 9.8AA
1# Cascade @ 7.0AA
I love citrusy hops, and high bitterness. I'm a big fan of DFH 60 and 90, Sixpoint's Resin, Lag's Maximus IPA and Hop Stoopid, Dominion's Double-D... I don't like most of the C's (Centennial can take a leap, and as I'm in Grand Rapids, seems like everything Founders and Bell's does is Centennial lately).
I read up on these hops fairly heavily, and here's what I'm thinking for a schedule:
1.0oz Bravo @ 60min
1.0oz Bravo @ 40min
1.0oz Super Galena @ 30min
1.0oz Super Galena @ 10min
1.0oz Super Galena @ 5min continuously down to 1min
1.0oz Bravo @ 5min continuously down to 1min
1.0oz Bravo @ flameout
So, yeah, it's kind of looking like a Pliny, but I have my bags set up in 3oz and 2oz increments, so it kind of works.
I was thinking of an ounce of Cascade in dry-hop, but I'm not sure if that'll blend well with the more citrusy hops above.
Anyone care to help a dad out? I'm not too stressed about it, should be fun no matter what. Neighbor dads are coming over to shoot the stuff while I brew, so hopefully I don't forget my schedule!