Brewing Again!

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My job has a very unstructured schedule. Sometimes it's a day of work here and there, sometimes it's 2 weeks straight followed by a week or 2 off. I'm heading into a 10 day stretch of no work and looking forward to getting my brew on for the first time in a while! I'm planning on getting in at least 2 batches of relatively low alcohol, but (hopefully) flavorful beers. Both will be experiments because I haven't brewed either recipe before. One will be a low alcohol Belgian style beer, made with W3787 Westmalle yeast and some beautiful Hallertauer pellets I picked up. The other with be a 4-4.5% APA. Very hoppy, all late hop additions, mashed at a fairly high temp for some body and malt flavor. Some people would call this a "session IPA", but I hate that description as much as I hate the words "imperial mild"! It's a hoppy APA, dammit! I'll be using some of the techniques described in the Recipe Formulation chapter of the book to come up with the recipes for these. Yeah, I know you haven't read that chapter.....

Monster Mash
Session IPA...

That's a term I've seen a few breweries use and it bugs me too. They seem to forget the "I" means Imperial!!. I just experimented with a hoppy APA also, I brewed a Barley Wine and when I collected my volume I still had 1.042 wort from the mash so I collected that in a 6 gallon pot and made a 4 gallon batch of a 4.5% 60 IBU hoppy session beer. This was also a great way to make a starter, I just dumped two vials of WLP002 in it and had enough yeast for my next 25 gallon batch.

Since that beer turned out so well I just got a 10 gallon pot so I can collect the runnings from the end of all my high gravity mashes to experiment with and make a starter.

denny
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Now THAT'S pragmatic!

Now THAT'S pragmatic!

Doesn't the "I" mean India? ;)

Life begins at 60....1.060, that is!

morticaixavier
Pretty sure THAT I means India

And Denny, I would totally have your back is someone attempted to describe a session IIPA.

"Remember, kids, the Only difference between screwing around and science is writing it down." - A. Savage

denny
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Wouldn't that be an IPA? :)

Wouldn't that be an IPA? :)

Life begins at 60....1.060, that is!

drew
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You're going to love

my next article in Zymurgy. :)

denny
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I'll start writing my letter

I'll start writing my letter to the editor now.

Life begins at 60....1.060, that is!