When I got into homebrewing two years ago, I was the typical new brewer. I wanted to make beer that tasted like my favorite beer off the shelf. Terms like hop utilization, mash efficiencies, and wort were all a foreign language to me. I also tended to shy away from the more hop loaded IPAs which have become a lot more popular and available to the general consumer. In those first few tenuous batches, I was trying my hardest not to screw anything up and make drinkable beer.
Two years and several paychecks later, I am brewing with an all-grain system. I have read and enjoyed many brewing books (John Palmer's How to Brew, Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer, and The Brew Masters Bible by Stephen Synder). I have spent hours deconstructing my process to fine-tune every aspect to ensure quality outcomes.
Earlier this year I decided to try something a little different. I wanted to brew a different style of beer every brew day; not just the tried and true recipes, but also ones I formulated using BJCP guidelines, a little creativity, and what I knew I could be successful with.
Now, IPAs were never my thing. I found them to be pretty harsh on the palate and overwhelming to the nose. But wanting to give it an honest try, I dove into my research for the style headfirst. I went to my local package store and bought twelve of their IPAs off the shelf. Everything from Terrapin, Dogfish Head, Victory, Stone, Sweetwater, Cigar City, Due South, and Bells,...
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posted by Buxman14 on 6/19/2015 at 05:55:07 PM
Excellent write up, and that beer looks amazing! I might have to try this approach sometime. Question - how did you crush up the hops, just smoosh 'em with a rolling pin or something?
posted by MrDustpan on 7/13/2015 at 02:54:06 PM
To crush up the good I used a mortar and pestle, however a rolling pin or mallet could work as well. I found using the mortar and pestle gave me a more uniform crush so it blended better! Cheers!
posted by Buxman14 on 7/16/2015 at 11:38:48 AM
To crush up the hops I used a mortar and pestle, however a rolling pin or mallet could work as well. I found using the mortar and pestle gave me a more uniform crush so it blended better! Cheers!
posted by Buxman14 on 7/16/2015 at 11:39:40 AM
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