Bottling the latest India Pale Ale… a Hop Grenade

It’s Christmas. What better time to bottle a Hop Grenade IPA? (Hop Grenade IPA’s recipe here). Here is the bottle count:

  • 10 – 22 ounce bottles (220 oz)
  • 22 – 12 ounce bottles (264oz)
  • 1 – 32 ounce bottle    (32 oz)
  • Total  4.03 gallons (516 oz)
  • Cost  – $0.93 per 12 oz beer (ingredients only, not counting the bottle)

Bottle conditioning: I mixed 2.85 oz of corn sugar into the 4.5 gallons. That mix should yield a 2.1 CO2 volume according the Beer Recipator. India Pale Ales have CO2 volumes ranging from 1.5-2.3.

It tastes spectacular. Grapefruit with hints of mango. And, even though it’s an 8% ABV, it doesn’t have heat in the finish.

Here are this batch’s numbers:

2-Row Malt                    12lb 0oz (80.0 %) In Mash/Steeped
Caramel 40L Malt          1lb 0oz (6.7 %)  In Mash/Steeped
Carapils Malt                   1lb 0oz (6.7 %)  In Mash/Steeped
Corn Sugar/Dextrose     1lb 0oz  (6.7 %) Start Of Boil
Target Pre-Boil Specific Gravity: 1.045 SG
Actual Pre-Boil Specific Gravity: 1.050 SG

Hop addition Schedule:

Simcoe 0.80 oz … 60 Min From End
Columbus(CTZ Tomahawk) 0.80 oz  … 60 Min From End
Columbus(CTZ Tomahawk) 0.20 oz … 30 Min From End
Simcoe 0.20 oz  … 30 Min From End
Simcoe  0.60 oz  … 15 Min From End
Columbus(CTZ Tomahawk) 0.60 oz  … 15 Min From End
Amarillo  0.60 oz … 10 Min From End
Simcoe  0.40 oz … 1 Min From End
Amarillo  0.30 oz … Dry-Hopped
Simcoe  0.30 oz … Dry-Hopped
Citra 0.30 oz  … Dry-Hopped

Yeast: White Labs WLP001-California Ale

Target Original Gravity: 1.074 SG
Actual Original Gravity: 1.075 SG

Target Final Gravity: 1.013 SG
Actual Final Gravity: 1.015 SG

Target Apparent Attenuation: 82 %
Actual Apparent Attenuation: 78 %

Target Alcohol by Volume: 8.1 % ABV
Actual Alcohol by Volume: 8.0 % ABV

Target IBU (using Tinseth): 112 IBU
Calculated IBU (using Tinseth): 118 IBU

Target Color (using Morey): 7.9 SRM
Actual Color: 7.9 SRM

Target Mash Efficiency: 70.0 %
Actual Mash Efficiency: 71.9 %

Target Fermentation Temp: 64 degF
Actual Fermentation Temp: 58-66 degF


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