One year is much too long to go without homebrewing. I was excited to get a gift certificate for Christmas this year from my father-in-law for Keystone Homebrew Supply. I had brewed several batches from extract syrup in the past, and had been hoping to make the jump to all-grain this time, but due to lack of prepping, I went with another extract batch. Keystone Homebrew has tons of kits that they put together themselves, and I've had good luck with them in the past, so I picked up one of their Yankee IPA kits. Its style is American IPA, and it is my first IPA homebrew!
7 lb. Briess Golden Light Dried Malt Extract (DME)
3/4 lb. Briess Crystal Malt 20L
1/4 lb. Dingemanns Aromatic Malt
1.0 oz. Magnum Hops (Bittering)
0.5 oz. Amarillo Hops (Flavoring)
0.5 oz. Centennial Hops (Flavoring)
0.5 oz. Amarillo Hops (Finishing)
0.5 oz. Centennial Hops (Finishing)
1.0 oz. Columbus Hops (Finishing)
Steeped specialty malt in 1 gallon water between 150F and 160F for 30 minutes.
Added 5 gallons water, mixed in the DME.
60 Minute Boil. Pitched #1272 XL American Ale II Yeast.
Original Gravity: 1.064
Final Gravity: 1.005
|Hops and Yeast are ready to go|
|Steeping the Specialty Grains|
|Added the bittering hops and starting to boil!|
I let the beer sit in the primary fermenter for 2 weeks. The IPA was then bottled, and let sit for 3 more weeks. Let's see how it turned out!
Yankee IPA poured a light orange/amber color with 3 finger width white head (vigorous pour). Only slightly cloudy. Smells earthy. Not getting much else in the nose. Tastes of caramel, earth, subtle grapefruit and lemon, slight hop bitterness at the end. Carbonation is fairly high, and the body is medium.
Overall: It came out pretty good. It tastes great, and there are no off-flavors I can detect. It tastes more like a pale ale than an IPA. I was definitely hoping for more aroma, and more hop flavor and bitterness. For those of you homebrewers out there, how could I have achieved my goal?