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Boca Verde IPA

Just a quick blurb about my most recent brew, again I apologize for not being more of a blogosauras*, but things are crazy busy right now. Boca Verde IPA: Brewed 4/25

  • Expected OG: 1.068
  • Actual OG: 1.072 (my efficiency has been too good lately!)
  • IBU: 90+
  • Expected FG: 1.016
  • Actual FG: 1.015
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Fermentables: Pale 2-Row, American Wheat, Carapils and Turbinado sugar.
  • Hops: Bittering – Columbus.   Flavor/Aroma – Centennial, Citra, Simcoe. Dry Hop – Citra, Simcoe, Columbus
  • Yeasties: WLP001 California Ale

Suffice it to say I've never used this many hops in an IPA before, the flameout/whirlpool hop additions were insane! That makes it a fairly expensive beer to make, and my expectations are high. Sampled tonight upon kegging and adding the second round of dry hops, and it was good enough for some serious fist pumps by myself in the garage. Could be the best beer I've ever made...we'll have to see.

*one who blogs a lot

6/2/13 Edit: Not the best beer I've ever made. Certainly a good beer, but there was a CO2 issue in my system and the kegs sat flat for a few days, that's what I'm blaming on the change in flavor and aroma from my first tastes.  Will try this beer again though, probably knocking off ~.8%ABV and 20IBU.

Not There Yet

I tried to sneak one in and put two of our staple beers (Continuous Pale and Rufus Red) on the beer rating website Ratebeer and I was happy they let me register Ex Novo to add my beers - mostly to put a claim on the names. Looks like they do their research though, as they were taken down within 24 hours - seems they only want "legitimate" "breweries." Soon enough Ratebeer, soon enough. In other news, I've been working on an IPA recipe that I really believe in. Despite being my favorite variety of beer, I don't feel like I've ever nailed down an IPA that I want to staple-ize. This one will feature the brand-new hop variety Belma, out of Yakima county. The producer's description reads like this:

"A very clean hop, with a very orange, slight grapefruit, tropical (but not mango/guava, more like pineapple), strawberry, and melon."

Let's do this thing.

Wee Wish You a Merry Christmas

Wee Wish You a Merry Christmas

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It's an off-schedule brew night tonight as we usually try to stick to 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. I'm blaming this one on Dan although I can't prove anything.... We'll be brewing a new style, a Wee Heavy (strong Scotch ale) with a Christmas twist. Big beers like this one, especially ones with spices, need time to mellow out and have the flavors get to know each other - hence we're brewing holiday beer in October.

Grab a friend or spouse and come out tonight if you read this blog - we're pushing to have brew nights be more social and even fun for people who don't care about making beer. We'll be getting started a bit early, but anytime from 6-8 would be a good time to come by.