Sunday, February 21, 2010

Citra IPA

I have a weakness for the IPAs found here in the north west. The almost overwhelming abundance of hop flavor and aroma, backed up by full bodied malty goodness just can't be beat. I wanted to make something similar to that, but with a slightly toned down version. The 100IBU beers are great, but I wanted something that wouldn't wreck the palate after drinking (this is a fairly novel concept here in the NW). The new Citra hops are now readily available, so decided to use them in this beer. This beer was brewed on 1-16-2010, racked into the secondary on the 23rd, dry hoped on the 30th and kegged on 2-6.

Batch size 5 gallons
Boil size 6.8 gallons
Boil time 60 minutes
Grain weight 12.5 pounds
Efficiency 65%
Original gravity 1.059
Final gravity 1.015
Alcohol (by volume) 5.8%
Bitterness (IBU) 68
Color (SRM) 9.8°L

2 Row Base 1.5°L 11 pounds 88%
Crystal 60L 60°L 1 pound 8%
Carafoam 1.5°L 0.5 pounds 4%

Nugget Hops 1 oz FWH (home grown)
Nugget Hops .5 oz @60 (home grown)
Citra Hops 1 oz 20 min 13.5% AA
Ahtanum hops .5 oz 5 min 6% AA
Cascade hops .5 oz 5 min (home grown)
Citra hops .5 oz Dry for 7 days
Nugget hops .5 oz Dry for 7 days

Yeast wyeast 1764 (pacman)

I originally planned on dry hoping this beer with 1 oz of citra hops. I tasted the beer when racking it into the secondary and the grapefruit flavors were almost overwhelming. I decided to cut the citra in half and add a half oz of some home grown nuggets that a friend had given me. I think this was the right call. If I would have used a different flavoring hop I don't think the citra would have been overwhelming, but since I did, the nuggets in the dry hop turned out really nice.

The beer came out with a strong grapefruit and floral hop aroma, citrus flavor and a nice strong bitterness to back it up. The after taste lingers, but will not kill the palate. This makes it enjoyable to drink with any meal, or even to follow it up with a different kind of beer. The body of the beer is full, but again not overwhelming. Like I said before I have a weakness for the big bodied beers, so I might step on the grains a little more next time to bring the body and alcohol content up.

On a side note, I've only been getting about 65% efficiencies with my system. During this batch I had found that my thermometer was off by about 8 degrees in the 150 degree range. This was a turkey frier style thermometer that was marketed for home brewing. I changed back over to the glass thermometer on my next batch. I've always just gone off of a mash time as well instead of look for the conversion to complete. On my next batch, I'm going to be getting some iodophor to check for complete conversions.

As always, feel free to use the recipe, or modify for your own tastes. Happy home brewing!

1 comment:

  1. Since you are using homegrown hops, would you like to enter this post in our Grow Your Own roundup this month? Full Details at