El Capitan – Version 4. The last batch turned out really well so there wasn’t much to address or change for this version. I’m really liking the hop profile and the beer was really well received so I’m going to stick with the Citra/Mosiac/Simcoe/Galaxy combo. One small change was to lighten the color a little more so I subbed out the 2-Row and replaced it with Briess Pilsner (1.8 SRM vs 1.2 SRM). Wheat and oats were slightly increased to 11.8% and some acid malt was added on this batch to drive the pH down to 5.3. Also, the last batch did suffer from some color darkening, I’m assuming from oxidation during kegging. There wasn’t any flavor change so it was only a cosmetic issue but I’ve changed up my kegging routine to purge the keg with CO2 before kegging in hopes that addresses this.
Mash: 152 (50 min.)
Boil: 75 min.
Mash pH: 5.3
69.0% Briess Pilsen
11.8% Red Wheat Malt
11.8% Flaked Oats
3.0% Acidulated Malt
3g Sorachi Ace (12.8%) 60 min.
0.75 oz Citra (13.5%) 5 min.
2.75 oz Citra (13.5%) *0 min.
2.50 oz Mosiac (12.5%) *0 min.
1.50 oz Galaxy (14.8%) – *0 min.
1.50 oz Simcoe (13.6%) – *0 min.
2.00 oz Citra (13.5%) – Dry Hop
2.00 oz Mosiac (12.5%) – Dry Hop
1.50 oz Galaxy (14.8%) – Dry Hop
1.50 oz Simcoe (13.6%) – Dry Hop
Wyeast 1318 – London Ale III
*Hops steeped 30 mins. after flame out, temperature was at 180 by the time the chill started.
Yeast pitched at 67 and allowed to free rise up to 70. Will keep at 70 – 72 for most the ferment before cold crashing for packaging.
Kegged on 9.20, finished right where I was guessing at 1.010. Gravity sample was bursting with fruity, hoppy aroma.
Tasting notes – 10.19
Aroma: Huge aroma, passion fruit/papaya/citrus and pine in the nose. Amazing and inviting aroma.
Appearance: Hazy, milky pale yellow with a dense white foam that fades away after a minute.
Taste: Big wave of tropical fruits, pine and a little dankness at first. Lots of hop flavor and really low bitterness. Tongue feels saturated in hop oils but no bitterness hangs in the palate.
Mouthfeel: Medium to medium plus with medium carbonation.
Overall: Very similar to the last version in flavor but the color and clarity is much improved. The body is just a tad bit creamier as well. Really enjoying this mixture of hops. Much from fruit forward, but but there is some pine and dank notes that come in to round it out and keeping the beer from being totally fruity juice with alcohol. The hop profile could be tinkered with a little bit to try out different combinations, but this beer right now is just how I like my IPA’s and it’s been very well received by the regulars. Cheers!