In a previous post, we discussed the equipment you’d need for small batch experiments, and with hope, you’ve tried a few batches already. If you’re a hop head like me, you’re going to have to try and brew an IPA, so today’s post covers a reliable recipe for this super-hoppy beer. Enjoy!

For a 3 liter extract batch (that’s a 6-pack of 440ml bottles) you will need:

Water

5 liters of H2O.

Extract and Specialty Grains
485g Dried Malt Extract
32g Caramunich I (50 SRM) Malt (steep at 65-70C for 30 minutes)
21 g Carared or similar (20 SRM) Caramel malt (steep at 65-70C for 30 minutes)

Hops

3g of Apollo @ 60 minutes
3g of Warrior @ 10 minutes
4g of Cascade @ 1 minute
4g of Warrior: Dry hop for 7 days before bottling.

Yeast

A third of a packet of US-05 dried yeast (or similar American yeast)

Others

A third of a teaspoon of Irish Moss @ 10 minutes.

For a 3 liter full-grain version:

You will need:
708g of Pale 2-row Malt
69g of Caramunich I (50 SRM) Malt
45g of Carared or similar (20 SRM) Caramel malt

Use the same hops, Irish Moss, and yeast.

Mash Schedule (using the BIAB method):

Get your water to 72 C, then add the grains to achieve 66.7 C.

Mash the grains at this temperature for 75 minutes, then mash out at 75 C for 10 minutes and lift the bag.
Do not squeeze the bag.

Your pre-boil gravity should be close to 1.036. Boil for 60 minutes.

Fermentation & Bottling

Ferment at 16-18C for 2 weeks.

Bottle with 18g of dextrose or keg for 2.5 vols.

Technical Notes

Pre-boil Gravity: 1.036
OG (Original Gravity): 1.060
FG (Final Gravity): 1.014
ABV (Alcohol): 6.0%
IBUs (Bitterness Units): 65

Some Experiments to Try:

Small-batch brewing can be an excellent opportunity for the homebrewer to experiment. Here are some suggestions for this recipe:

Hops: Substitute the Warrior with a different hop, I recommend Centennial, EKG, Amarillo, or Chinook

Sugars: Try adding some Maple Syrup (about 60g) in the boil for a dry finish and wooded taste.

Other Flavors: Try adding some honey in the primary fermentation (50g) or chuck some juniper berries into the boil at 10 minutes (a handful should do).