I've been wanting to do an honest IPA for some time now. . .last year's Kamikaze Pale Ale was good, but lacked that level of in-your-face hoppiness that I crave. So, it's time for another concoction. This one I call Claremont IPA.
Ingredients for "Claremont IPA"
- 0.5 lb. carapils malt
- 6 lbs. dry American light malt extract
- 2 oz. Centennial hops (pellet form; 8% aa)
- 1 oz. Cascade hops (whole)
- 11 g active dry Nottingham brewing yeast (Danstar brand)
- I heated 2.5 gallons of tap water to 158 degrees Fahrenheit, and steeped the carapils malt (in a nylon bag) for 25 minutes
- I gently rinsed the carapils milt in warm (~158 degree) tap water, to bring the total volume up to 3 gallons
- Then, I heated the water to boiling and added the dry malt extract and 2 oz. of the Centennial hops.
- After another 55 minutes of boiling, I added 1 oz. of Centennial hops
- After 5 minutes of boiling, I removed the wort from the heat and chilled it down to 70 degrees.
- After putting the wort in the primary fermenter and topping it up to around 4.5 gallons with pre-boiled, chilled water, I pitched the yeast.
- On measuring the specific gravity, I noticed it was quite low - only 1.025! This is probably because I had left a quantity in the pot with the worst of the accumulated solids. Apparently, just a little too much! So, I boiled up 1.5 lbs amber dry malt in 1 gallon of water for five minutes, chilled it in ice, and then added it to the fermenter. This resulted in an original gravity of 1.066 (8.5 percent potential alcohol).
- After one week, I'm going to transfer to a secondary fermenter and add 1 oz. of Cascade hops, for some dry-hopping action.
- Then, I'll probably let it condition for another two or three weeks before bottling.
Ingredients Cost Summary
A half pound of carapils malt costs $1; the malt extract (including shipping) cost around $32. The Centennial hops cost $8.75 for two ounces, and it was $1.50 for the yeast. The rest of the hops were "free" from South Dakota, so we have a total materials cost of $43.25. Assuming a typical yield, we're looking at around $1/bottle. The real killer right now is getting the dry malt extract. . .unfortunately, my closest home brew shop (which I otherwise love) doesn't carry the light stuff.