El Capitan

Last year most of my brewing was trying to refine beers I’ve done in the past.  I brewed a couple different IPA and have done 4 in the past couple of years and really have settled on how I like this style.  I prefer them around 6.5% with no crystal malt and blend of hops with citrus/tropical fruit/pine notes .  The last IPA was a mix of Galaxy and Sorachi Ace, which was interesting but just didn’t blend super well.  With that being said I wanted to work on coming up with a standard, house IPA using some hops I know work well together and really like.  So this one is mostly Simcoe and Citra with some Cascade and Centennial in there as well.

OG: 1.060
FG: 1.011
ABV: 6.5%
Mash: 152 (75 min)
Boil: 60 min.

Water Profile:

Ca: 71
Mg: 1
Na: 4
So4: 107
Cl: 48
BiCarbonate: 15
Mash pH: 5.3

85.2% NW Pale Ale Malt
13.1% Vienna Malt
1.6% Acidulated Malt

2g Galena (10%) 60 min.
1.00 oz Centennial (8.7%) 10 min.
2.00 oz Cascade (7.4%) 0 min.
2.25 oz Citra (13.5%) 0 min.
2.25 oz Simcoe (10.5%) 0 min.
2.00 oz Citra (13.5%) Dry Hop
2.00 oz Simcoe (10.5%) Dry Hop
1.00 oz Centennial (8.7%) Dry Hop

Wyeast 1728 – Scottish Ale

Made a 1.75l starter the day before (little larger due to the yeast being about 2 months old). Pitched at 70 while the starter was fermenting pretty good, 1st time doing that.  Fermentation started in about 4 hours.  Put carboy in chest freezer and set to 68 +/- 2 degrees.  Fermentation winded down after about 2 days and bumped temp up to 70.  Will ramp up temp. to 75 to finish out and clean up before dry hopping.

A note on the yeast choice for this IPA.  After starting to brew a few batches with Scottish ale and comparing that to my normal go to yeast,  American Ale II, they seem to attenuate at a pretty close percentage and both drop clear.  Since they are both pretty clean yeasts I’ve started using them interchangeably for many styles I brew.  Really the deciding factor now is which one is fresher.  Also, for this batch I picked up a new wort chiller (the Hydra) from the guys over at Jaded brewing and it worked like a champ bringing down the temp to 75 in under 10 minutes with no leaks at the hose connection point. Kegged on 2/8 and finished right where I was anticipating.

Tasting Notes – 3.4.15

Appearance: Golden with a nice white head that lingers for a little bit.

Aroma: Very fresh aroma of passion fruit and orange citrus. Aroma really jumps out of the glass and is really inviting.

Taste: Hops hit up front with passion fruit again and some citrus notes (oranges mostly) with a little bit dankness. Some bitterness coats the tongue and remains through the entire taste.  A little bit of cracker malt punches through right at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a pretty good attempt for the 1st edition of this beer.  Love the aroma and think the hop selection is pretty close. The only real negative is the lingering bitterness that finished the taste, just a tad higher than I would of liked.  The hops do seems to have some real punch with the dryness of the beer. Just a few tweaks for next round. Cheers.


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