American IPA Southwest IPA (neomexicanus/Medusa - AG and extract)

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Decimotox

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Recipe Type
All Grain
Yeast
Safale US-05 (dry) or Wyeast 1056 American Ale (liquid)
Yeast Starter
1L starter for 1056 (w/stir plate)
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter
None
Batch Size (Gallons)
5
Original Gravity
1.061
Final Gravity
1.012
Boiling Time (Minutes)
60
IBU
45
Color
7.3 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp)
1-2 weeks between 60-71*F
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp)
4-7 days @60-71*F
Additional Fermentation
None
Tasting Notes
Amazing grapfruit and peach aroma from hops. Smooth and drinkable IPA.
Decided to make an IPA with Medusa (neomexicanus) as the aroma hops. Smells and tastes amazing. I have an AG and an extract recipe.

AG:

10 lbs 2-Row
1 lb. Caramel 40
(Mash for 60 mins @ 152F)

2 oz. Cascade [5.3% AA] (60 mins)
1 oz. Medusa [3.0% AA] (20 mins)
1 Whirlfloc tablet (10 mins)
1 oz. Medusa [3.0% AA] (5 mins)
1 oz. Medusa [3.0% AA] (flameout)
1 oz. Medusa [3.0% AA] (dry hop - 4-7 days)


Extract:

.5 lb. Caramel 40 (steeped for 20 mins @ 155F)
6 lbs. Gold/light LME
2 lbs. Gold/light DME (late addition, 15 mins)

2 oz. Cascade [5.3% AA] (60 mins)
1 oz. Medusa [3.0% AA] (20 mins)
1 Whirlfloc tablet (10 mins)
1 oz. Medusa [3.0% AA] (5 mins)
1 oz. Medusa [3.0% AA] (flameout)
1 oz. Medusa [3.0% AA] (dry hop - 4-7 days)

In either case, use either Safale US-05 or Wyeast 1056. Make a 1L starter for the 1056 with a stir plate and you're good. I used two packs of US-05 non-rehydrated and got 80% attenuation from an OG of 1.061 to a FG of 1.012 - about 6.4% ABV.

Amazing aroma from this brew. Citrus, grapefruits, peaches, just fantastic. Great malt backbone but with that great IPA bitterness. Very drinkable. :)
 
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Decimotox

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I realize maybe not everyone's heard of the multi-head hops yet (Medusa/neomexicanus), but you can buy them from Northern Brewer as "Medusa" hops.

I highly recommend those hops for an amazingly fruity aroma. Melon, grapefruit, guava, citrus type of smells. Unlike anything I've ever experienced.
 
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