Monday, October 5, 2009

West Town Brewing Company - Bitter Sun India Pale Ale

Bitter Sun IPA survived through the hottest, most brutal summer days (all of them, its been in the carboy for months). The warmth of my office, which doubles as the beer room, likely turned up the notch on the yeast, producing some pretty fruity esters not normally associated with the yeast used. Frankly, the heat got up to 92 in that room quite a few times, jeopardizing the entire batch. It survived. It persevered. And now it will assault the world back, with some seriously bitter hoppy goodness.

Next IPA, I'll probably aim for something more balanced, more malty, and do it as a partial mash so I can have a really off the wall grain bill (i.e., I'll use rye, a little wheat, caramel malts, and even something biscuity).

Name: Bitter Sun IPA
Category: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Subcategory: American IPA
Recipe Type: Extract
Batch Size: 5.5 gal.
Volume Boiled: 3.5 gal.
Mash Efficiency: 65 %
Total Grain/Extract: 9.60 lbs.
Total Hops: 5.0 oz.

1.0 lbs. English 2-row Pale (half of which was toasted in the oven for 10 minutes at 350F, but not a lot of the flavor is coming through yet)
0.5 lbs. American Caramel 40°L
.5 lbs. Cara-Pils® Malt
6.6 lbs. Liquid Light Extract
1 lbs. Dry Light Extract
1 oz. Amarillo (Pellets, 8.9 %AA) boiled 60 minutes.
1 oz. Centennial (Pellets, 9.5 %AA) boiled 45 minutes.
1 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 6.0 %AA) boiled 15 minutes.
.5 oz. Simcoe (Pellets, 11.9 %AA) boiled 15 minutes.
1 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 6.0 %AA) boiled 1 minutes.
.5 oz. Simcoe (Pellets, 11.9 %AA) boiled 1 minutes.
1 oz. Centennial (Pellets, 10.00 %AA) added to Secondary.
1 oz. Simcoe (Pellets, 11.9 %AA) added to Secondary.
Yeast: WYeast 1056 American Ale

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