Rob's House Session IPA

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Rob's House Session IPA

Postby robwalker » Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:38

This is my house beer that always occupies 1 of my 2 kegs. Reasons why it's good:

Highly modified base malt isn't prone to off flavours, contributes a good amount of flavour and body and is suitable for no chill.
2-3 weeks from grain to glass.
Nicely balanced and low abv so great for session drinking, quick consumption keeps hops fresher between batches.
Economic on hops - no change in IBU if you no chill.
Easily stands up to craft brands like Brewdog, Cloud water, beavertown, etc.

Recipe here:

Vitals:
1.038 OG - 1.008 FG (approx 3.6%-4% abv)
27 IBU
Light Gold colour (around 8 EBC when brewed)

3.5kg Vienna Malt (or Maris Otter)
200g Carapils

1 pack US-05 yeast (or similar American ale yeast)

30g Magnum 8.2% @ 60 mins (27 ibus)

100g - 200g US/NZ/AUS Hop pellets when fermentation subsides - 5 day dry Hop, then transfer to keg with a siphon with filter attached.

You can use more or less any bittering hop, just use this calculation to get the Ibus right:

30 / (aa% of new Hop) X 8.2

Don't worry about the hop haze, flavour difference is minimal.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby xCamel xSlayer » Sat Apr 08, 2017 13:50

Last night I bought a 3% IPA from Northern Monk. This is really unlike me as I tend to drink 5%+ even on session times!

I was expecting very little but I was very pleasantly surprised. I always thought low ABV beers would suck and have no personality but I think last night changed my mind.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby robwalker » Sat Apr 08, 2017 13:54

I'm only a small guy so prefer to drink even sub 4% if possible. As long as attenuation can be controlled by the brewery there's no reason a beer can't taste the same as a higher abv beer. Low attenuating yeasts are great for that, although less economic on malt vs abv, but we don't care about that :d
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby HTH1975 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 14:08

xCamel xSlayer wrote:Last night I bought a 3% IPA from Northern Monk. This is really unlike me as I tend to drink 5%+ even on session times!

I was expecting very little but I was very pleasantly surprised. I always thought low ABV beers would suck and have no personality but I think last night changed my mind.


My 70 Shilling was only 3.5% but had good body and flavour - very sessionable. It changed my mind about low ABV beers. That was a 70C mash.

2016: 330L brewed (72 gallons, over 8 firkins)
2017: 105L brewed (need to update this figure)
Drinking: Landlord clone
Conditioning: ciders from 2016, hedgerow barrolo, 1914 Courage RIS (10%).
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby DaveGillespie » Wed Sep 06, 2017 20:14

My house New World hopped ale is similar to this but the last batch I no chilled 15 litres of it in one cube then 5 litres in a smaller cube along with 50g of Mosaic. Another 50g went into dry hop. 1.042, that was a great beer. Do you find this is missing anything because it's just the dry hop and no late hops, Rob?
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby INDIAPALEALE » Fri Sep 08, 2017 07:31

Does it taste/smell of anything else other than hops ?

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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby robwalker » Sun Sep 10, 2017 09:38

It's a perfectly nice modern beer, doesn't lack in flavour or aroman at all. At 100g dry hop it's quite balanced and depends on the intensity of the hop you're using.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby Brewzee » Wed Sep 13, 2017 06:24

sounds like a nice beer. my house apa is similar but i add diubke the crystal to zombie dust it up more and im on my second sack of Minch malt. which needs a few kettle fineings as it produces a murky wort. I only use 50g of pellet hops but dont use a hop bag..do you ?
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby robwalker » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:12

Naw, just lob them in then attach a fine filter to the syphon on racking. I'm not keen on hops bags as I like the pellets to break up and have free movement in the beer. Cold crashing them out is another method but I don't have the cooling to do that
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