Shred’s Hop Demon 2 IPA (extract recipe)

 

Description:

This brew was my second attempt at my signature IPA.  Applying lessons I’d learned from the first I managed to brew a really nice beer.  In fact, this was my first real BJCP contest entry and it scored 38 & 39 (50 is considered a perfect score.  These scores planted me squarely in the “excellent” category).  I really might be getting the hang of this.

A few tips:

1)  The late extract additions helped keep the color down by preventing unwanted caramelization.
2)  I pitched 2 packets of the liquid yeast in an effort to have a healthier yeast colony and avoid the off-flavors associated with under-pitching and stressed yeast.
3)  The 3 ounces of dry hops helped immensely with the hop aroma in the final product.

 

Batch Size:  5.00 Gallons
Measured Original Gravity: 1.066 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.017 SG
ABV:  6.6%

 

Recipe:

1 lbs 8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt 40L
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt – 30L

3 lbs Extra Light Dry Extract – Boil 60 min
1.00 oz Centennial [8.70 %] – Boil 60.0 min
1.00 oz Centennial [8.70 %] – Boil 45.0 min
4 lbs Extra Light Dry Extract – Boil 20 min
2.00 oz Cascade [6.20 %] – Boil 10.0 min
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] – Boil 1.0 min

2.0 pkg American West Coast (Lallemand #BRY-97)

3.00 oz Mosaic [12.70 %] – Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop

 

Tasting Notes:

At this point in my homebrewing, this beer was unquestionably my best to date.  A highly successful attempt at an American IPA, it blasted the senses with nicely balanced bitterness for the style and huge citrus (grapefruit) hop aroma.  The head was a little excessive, in future brews I’ll reduce the amount of crystal malts (2.5 lbs is really excessive).  My scores of 38 & 39 in the contest I entered were extremely encouraging.  If you’re looking for a solid extract IPA recipe, I’d recommend this one but suggest that you drop the 1.5 lbs of Carapils.

 

 

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