The few months leading up to Christmas found me really pondering the benefits of kegging for the first time since I started brewing. In a development that likely comes as no surprise to most brewers, my growing love for IPAs was directly responsible for this. Believe it or not, it took me a good two and a half years of homebrewing before I even began to tolerate hoppy beers; for the longest time, I found that even fairly tame APAs were just too bitter for my tastes. However, I kept trying various hoppy beers, and lo and behold - my tastes changed. Yes, Virginia, there *is* a lupulin shift fairy!
In what seems to be a pretty common theme among homebrewers, I found myself chasing that elusive, big punch of hop aroma. My favorite IPA - and favorite beer - I had brewed to date used six ounces of dry hops. When the beer was young, it was absolutely glorious. Sadly, though, I found that by a mere two weeks or so after cracking open the first bottle, some of the aroma was already diminished. This was the tipping point that finally pushed me to the dark side; it seemed such a crying...
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Now that you are kegging, and obviously like clear beer, you might try adding your gelatin when racking to the keg.
My first few times using gelatin, I added it to the fermenter about 48 hours into my crash, but it never really seemed to do anything. I'd still wait 2-3 weeks until my beers cleared on their own while in the kegerator.
First time using gelatin in the keg, I threw it in the keg just before racking my cold beer into it, and bam. 24 hours (and 40 psi) later, I set to 13 psi and pulled a rather murky pint (presumably the gelatinous mass of hop trub from the bottom of the keg), but the next one right after was crystal clear. Could read the newspaper through it. It was a recipe similar to yours that had 15 oz. of hops.
Just thought I'd share. Thanks for the recipe. I think I might start skipping all the additions between 60 and knockout, as you have. Adding hops to an IPA during the boil seems like a useless step anymore.
posted by ryanp5579 on 3/08/2016 at 04:02:36 PM
Tags for this post: hops, IPA, pound, heavily hopped, dry hop, aroma