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)
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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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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby Brewzee » Fri Mar 02, 2018 07:43

Sack of Vienna malt arrived yesterday, dpd left it outside in snow which was dumb as I was in. Half a kg of Magnum and same of Amarillo also received so I'm planning a few iterations of this recipie. Might start with a lager yeast cos it's so cold outside and I like to live dangerously.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby Brewzee » Fri Mar 02, 2018 07:52

Mash temp ? The centre of my mash tun is around 65 after an hour and the edges at 62 using my normal approach ..... 67 strike and a few blankets..70 is mentioned above. Sounds sweet.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby robwalker » Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:36

70 mash will only push the FG up a few points, I routinely brew with us-05 and get 78-80% attenuation out.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby Brewzee » Sat Mar 10, 2018 16:18

Brew is on; 3.5k Vienna, 0.25 Carapils, treated water, 37g 5% EKG at 60 (I thought it was cascade), 1/2 Whirlfloc at 15(work of the devil). 20 litres approx, swamp cooled to 'quite warm', 2 tsp dry Saf 05. Off to a good start. Lets see what happens.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby robwalker » Sat Mar 10, 2018 17:35

Good luck! What you dry hopping with? My latest was Chinook and Hallertau Blanc.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby Brewzee » Sat Mar 10, 2018 21:31

Amarillo.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby Brycey » Sun Mar 18, 2018 14:33

Would a60 min boil suffice for this? I usually boil for 90 mins. Bit of a late start today so trying to save some time. Bittering with Bravo and 100g dry hop of Galaxy.

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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby robwalker » Sun Mar 18, 2018 22:43

For sure. Drinking one tonight, very nice!
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby Brewzee » Mon Mar 19, 2018 22:00

Drinking one and likeing the smoothness of the malt, 150g of Amarillo pellets doesn't seem enough but I only left them on the hops a couple of days
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby robwalker » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:13

Yeah that'll be it, you probably need a week.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby Brewzee » Tue Mar 20, 2018 23:12

Maybe but I read Peter Wolfe's thesis on dry hopping, he is big in ABinBev now, he says a day is fine. However I think a few more are required.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby robwalker » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:33

What do ABInbev know about dry hopping! Haha. Most of the brands they own have never seen a hop in their life.
Honestly though he's probably referring to a recirc/hop cannon type thing where good dry hopping can be achieved within hours. Sitting and letting the beer stew is a really easy but time consuming method.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby Brewzee » Fri Mar 23, 2018 08:19

Well it was his thesis before he joined that circus and in the details he said it was constantly stirred...so yeah I probably should have left it longer.

BATCH 2 is on same as before but Golden promise instead of Vienna and Admiral at 60. Has been 2 days on 100 g Amarillo and 50g of Admiral...the later cos so fresh and yum looking .

I'm wondering if this brew needs some hot side fancy hops....or longer on the dry ones.
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Re: Rob's House Session IPA

Postby Brewzee » Sat Apr 21, 2018 06:56

Batch 3,
3.5K Vienna .025k Chateau Cara Claire 5 ebc, 1.5 hours mash strike in at 75C all treated, out at 65C 2 batch sparge. 15g 10% Centennial at 60, whirlfloc at 15 and another 35g Cent at flameout. Saf05. 100g Amarillo pellets dry for a week. It been in bottles for 10 days now, dropped bright, pours a bit cloudy. Its a lovely beer, there is a smoothness from the Vienna that I really appreciate and there is no heavy use of cara or crystal to get in the way of its flavour. Its quite dry which works well. The Amarillo comes across as aromatic elegant and restrained. Plently strong enough for me but didnt measure it. Best one yet.
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