I enjoy IPAs quite a bit. Around here, it is pretty easy to find a decent amount of solid IPAs — There is probably a better selection of IPAs than any other style of beer right now. That is probably the reason that I don’t brew IPAs very often. There are so many choices already, why not brew a beer style that is a bit harder to find? In the past couple months I’ve had Lagunitas IPA, Full Sail IPA, Dogfish Head 60 min IPA, Goose Island IPA, and probably a couple others that I can’t remember. Even with all these great choices around, I decided to brew only my second IPA ever.
One of the reasons I decided on an IPA was the fact that I recently got to order a bunch of hops from Grain to Glass Homebrew since they had a free shipping deal going on. I now had a bunch of Willamette and Cascade hops and needed to find something to do with them. After a bit of scouring I found a recipe online that was predominantly hopped with Cascade and Willamette hops. A perfect match, it seemed, and I’m actually somewhat excited for this one. I usually brew less hoppy beers and had forgot how much of a mess the extra plant fiber can leave at the bottom of the brew kettle. I think I was rather careful in transferring the wort to the carboy, but there is still a lot of trub at the bottom. A blowoff tube was necessary as the Wyeast 1272 seemed to be having a vigorous fermentation. A couple more days and I’ll dry hop this in secondary.
I’m also experimenting right now with a way to keep the fermentation temperature a bit lower than room temperature. I have the carboy in a small insulated box with ice packs that I change every few hours. So far it seems to keep the temperature about 5 degrees cooler than inside the room and that’s just about perfect for this. The beer smells great and I’m excited to get to try this in a month or so.
- Serious Entertaining: Our Favorite Beer Pairings for a Late Summer Feast (seriouseats.com)