HOP HYSTERIA DOUBLE IPA
One of the advantages of being a homebrewer is you are not constrained by profit margins, market testing, or good ol’ common sense. With that in mind, we’ve brewed an IPA with one whole pound of hops in a five gallon batch. One whole pound! That’s like, WAY too much hops! We’ve gone window-licking insane!
The rousing success of the blink-182 IPA showed us that calculated IBU’s are meaningless and restraint is for the weak. Well, after that 10 oz hop explosion, we became consumed by space dementia and pretty much doubled that recipe.
Recipe (not for the faint-hearted).
- 10# 2-Row
- 2# Maris Otter
- 2# Vienna
- 5 oz Caramel 40L
- 4 oz Carapils
- Mash at 149 for 60 min
- First Wort Hops: 1oz each Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, Nugget, and Simcoe. Gadzooks that’s an arse-load of hops!
- 1oz Nugget boil 60 min
- 8oz Corn Sugar boil 20 min
- 1oz Cascade boil 15 min
- 1oz Centennial boil 10 min
- 1oz Simcoe boil 5 min
- 1oz each Columbus and Cascade flame-out
- 2 packs US-05, ferment for 2 weeks then…
- Dry hop for 7 days with 1oz each of Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Nugget, and Simcoe. GREAT SCOTT THAT’S A LOT OF HOPS!
Look at those pictures! That’s so much hops, the guy at the LHBS said “Stocking up on hops?” and I said, “No, this is all going in one beer,” and then his head exploded and turned into a supermassive black hole. That’s so much hops we had to use two hop bags to handle the 11oz of hops that went in the brew-pot and still the wort looked like the swamps of Dagobah! That’s not a wort-chiller, it’s R2-D2!
Despite our madness, this was the smoothest brew-day we’ve had yet. We really dialed in our technique with the new equipment, and made sure to collect extra runnings to deal with all the hop absorption. We also enjoyed some of our last Asgardian Belgian Blond Ales, my favorite Belgian we’ve brewed so far.
This Hop Hysteria IPA will be fresh and ready for Chad and I to take to the Muse concert in Nashville and go all Keith Moon on a hotel room (again).