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Homebrew: Unexpected Predator – American IPA

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Yesterday I brewed up yet another beer, this time an American IPA together with a friend (Mats) who was interested in trying homebrewing. I currently have four batches fermenting, so there will be a lot of beer for the autumn and winter. Mats requested a citrusy and hoppy pale ale, so we brewed up a beer with a simple malt bill (Pale Ale, Munich, Crystal 10 and Crystal 60) and hopped it with Magnum (bittering), Amarillo, Cascade and Simcoe. The calculated IBU is only 49, but I’m certain the real IBU is higher (probably closer to 70), since after the flameout hop addition, the hops were steeped in recirculating hot wort for 30 minutes before the wort was cooled to pitching temperatures with the plate heat exchanger (took 5 minutes). We will dry hop the beer with around 100 g of hops after fermentation has slowed down. We pitched a 1.5 liter starter of WLP051 (this is my first time using this yeast), and hopefully it manages to ferment the beer down to around 1.015. Sorry, no pictures this time.

Recipe: Unexpected Predator
Style: American IPA
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 32.58 l
Post Boil Volume: 28.08 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 22.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 18.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.072 SG
Estimated Color: 24.5 EBC
Estimated IBU: 49.2 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 55.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 67.5 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt           Name                                     Type       #     %/IBU         
7.300 kg      Pale Ale (2-row) (6.0 EBC)               Grain      1     77.3 %        
1.040 kg      Munich II (Weyermann) (16.7 EBC)         Grain      2     11.0 %        
0.550 kg      Carahell (Weyermann) (25.6 EBC)          Grain      3     5.8 %         
0.550 kg      Crystal Malt - 60L (Thomas Fawcett) (118 Grain      4     5.8 %         
20.00 g       Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop        5     20.2 IBUs     
30.00 g       Amarillo Gold [11.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min  Hop        6     9.3 IBUs      
30.00 g       Cascade [7.60 %] - Boil 10.0 min         Hop        7     6.4 IBUs      
30.00 g       Simcoe [14.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min         Hop        8     13.2 IBUs     
35.00 g       Amarillo Gold [11.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min   Hop        9     0.0 IBUs      
35.00 g       Cascade [7.60 %] - Boil 0.0 min          Hop        10    0.0 IBUs      
35.00 g       Simcoe [14.20 %] - Boil 0.0 min          Hop        11    0.0 IBUs      
1.0 pkg       California Ale V (White Labs #WLP051) [3 Yeast      12    -             
35.00 g       Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Day Hop        13    0.0 IBUs      
35.00 g       Cascade [5.50 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days      Hop        14    0.0 IBUs      
35.00 g       Simcoe [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days      Hop        15    0.0 IBUs