Bottling the Laurel IPA

I bottled up the collaborative Laurel India Pale Ale. You may recall that I subbed Cascade hops for Centennial since the local homebrew supply store was out of Centennial. (Laurel IPA’s recipe here). Here is the bottle count:

  • 18 – 22 ounce bottles (396 oz)
  • 11 – 12 ounce bottles (132 oz)
  • 1 – 32 ounce bottle    (32 oz)
  • Total  4.375 gallons (560 oz)
  • Cost of beer – $1.03 per 12 oz

It tastes spectacular. Very piney with hints of citrus. And, even though it’s running around 8% ABV, it doesn’t have heat in the finish. According to a Triple Rock brewer I spoke with on the telephone today about their December 22 collaboration party, they would like those who brewed the Laurel IPA to bring “one or two” bottles depending on the size of the bottle. He said he expected it to start around 3pm, but added that their website would have more specific information eventually.

Here are this batch’s numbers:
Target Pre-Boil Specific Gravity: 1.045 SG
Actual Pre-Boil Specific Gravity: 1.050 SG

Target Original Gravity: 1.065 SG
Actual Original Gravity: 1.071 SG

Target Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Actual Final Gravity: 1.012 SG

Target Apparent Attenuation: 76.5 %
Actual Apparent Attenuation: 81.9 %

Target Alcohol by Volume: 6.7 % ABV
Actual Alcohol by Volume: 7.8 % ABV

Target IBU (using Tinseth): 86.5 IBU
Calculated IBU (using Tinseth): 86.6 IBU

Target Color (using Morey): 5.9 SRM
Actual Color: 5.3 SRM

Target Mash Efficiency: 65.0 %
Actual Mash Efficiency: 72.5 %

Target Fermentation Temp: 64 degF
Actual Fermentation Temp: 60-66 degF

Update: I neglected to say how the ale will be conditioning in the bottles. I mixed 2.6 oz of corn sugar into the 4.4 gallons. That mix should yield a 2.05 CO2 volume according the Beer Recipator. India Pale Ales have CO2 volumes ranging from 1.5-2.3.


2 thoughts on “Bottling the Laurel IPA

  1. All I have to say it: I’m not worthy!! 🙂 Very impressive… but, really, I’m a data geek (as well as an aspiring beer geek), so anyone who throws up numbers to back the info up… all I can say (again) is: “I’m not worthy!!” — looking forward to reading more!

  2. Worthy, smhorthy, we get to drink what we brew…and it’s beer! 🙂

    You too can make numbers. I use BeerAlchemy ( because it works on Macs. Beersmith and ProMash are the top two programs for PCs, and there’s a discussion on the American Homebrewers’ Forum as to which is better. Your blog is a neat way to keep your brewing notes. Keeping good records is the way to remember what worked and what didn’t.

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