Fresh centennial hops IPA

This beer has so much fresh hops that it is ridiculous, 10.5oz in total. If you were to measure this amount of hops by volume instead of weight, it works out to about 1.5 gallons of hops. Just the pics alone demonstrate how much hops this represents. Keep in mind that 2009 has been a slow homebrew year for me, in that this is only the second batch that I’ve made this year, with the other being a pale ale for a St. Patty’s Day get together. Out of that pale ale I ended of racking and saving the yeast, and repitching it for this IPA.

So here is the breakdown of the recipe I hashed out with JRR for a ~5gal batch:

8lb – Marris Otter Pale Malt
1lb – Barley, Flaked
1lb – Caramel/Crystal Malt – 20L
1lb – Carafoam
.125lb – Carafa III

4oz Fresh Centennial Hops – 60 mins
2oz Fresh Centennial Hops – 15 mins
2oz Fresh Centennial Hops – 3 mins
2.5oz Fresh Centennial Hops – Dry Hop in primary fermenter.

Other details of the brew: mash temp 160F for 85mins using batch sparge method; 90 min boil ; immersion chiller to cool the wort for 20 mins; into the primary was 6 gallons @ 80F with an OG of 1.040.

As you can tell from the OG my brewhouse efficiency sucks right now. With the only thing consistent being that I’ve consistently gotten a 60% efficiency for the last half dozen batches. Well I guess I’ll just have to practice some more and be forced to drink my “mistakes” ;). Oh what a rough life as a homebrewer. Enjoy this sessions pics.

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