30 April 2016

posted by benjy edwards

For the last pitch of this yeast, it is time for a double IPA.  I had tossed around the idea of Kern River Citra IIPA, but I had a request for a clone of Russian River’s Pliny the Elder since I had mentioned that I was brewing the Blind Pig IPA last week.  I happened to have the hops, so that’s what I did.  I needed some carapils, dextrose, and crystal 40 though, so yesterday I stopped at the LHBS.

The mash is domestic two-row, 1.5 pounds each of carapils and crystal, and then the same amount of dextrose in the boil.  Target OG is 1.072 and we reached 1.070 with the sugar addition.  The bittering hops are added at the beginning of the 90 minute boil, rather than at 60, and were six ounces of Columbus.  The next hops are Simcoe at 45, Centennial at 30, and then Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe, and Centennial at flameout.  The brew went well, and for the first time we used the water line that we just installed in the garage, and this time it worked fine.

The Blind Pig was kegged, with a dry hop of one ounce each of Amarillo, Cascade, and Columbus.  Gravities were different for each fermenter, one at 1.016 and the other at 1.018.  One was also clearer than the other (the more attenuated one), but they tasted the same.  The kegs were force-carbonated and will stay at room temperature on the dry hops for a week, then chilled for storage until tapped.

The Pliny batch took off fermenting right away, and the blowoff was so active that by the end of the night, at least half a gallon of wort had blown off into the bucket.  We will dry hop this batch mid-week, then again when it is kegged after 14 days.

This is the end of this yeast, but as we have some dry lager yeast, I am considering brewing a Pilsner next weekend.  It would be a chance to try out the 15 gallon Speidel fermenter we got last year.  Now that the brewing structure is on wheels, we could rack and chill into the fermenter while it is sitting in the lagering fridge.

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