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Homebrew: Wedding IPA – American IPA


Yesterday I brewed the fifth and final batch of beer for my wedding in August (see previous posts for the Wedding Pils, Wedding Blond, Wedding Hybrid, and Wedding APA): an American IPA loaded with hops and fermented with Conan. I’ve brewed a slightly similar recipe before (see here), and while it was a nice beer, it ended up a bit too sweet with WLP007. This time I’m changing up the hop bill slightly based on what I have in the freezer, and I’ll be fermenting the wort with Conan. I’m hoping for a hoppy and bitter IPA, with loads of fruity aromas from both the hops and the yeast.

The malt bill is similar to the APA I brewed last week, and it consists of Maris Otter, Munich, CaraPils and CaraAmber.  I mashed quite low (63C) in order to get a very fermentable wort. I’ve used Conan a couple of times before and I’ve ended up with around 78% attenuation. I aimed for an original gravity just below 1.070, in order to get a beer with around 7.5% ABV. For the hops, I chose to bitter with Herkules (using up the last from a 100g bag), added some Cascade and Centennial during the boil, and at flameout I added even more Cascade and Centennial together with some Amarillo. The bitterness levels should be around 70-80 IBU, depending on how much the whirlpool hops contribute. I pitched a 1.5L starter of Conan after I had cooled the wort down to around 20C. I placed the fermenter in my fermentation fridge and set the fermentation temperature to 19C. I checked the fermenter 24 hours later, and it was fermenting violently with krausen coming out of the airlock. After a quick clean-up things were looking good again. Man it was smelling good inside the fermentation fridge!

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
21 L 90 min 86.1 IBUs 14.6 EBC 1.068 1.012 7.4 %
Actuals 1.046 1.01 4.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American IPA 14 B 1.056 - 1.075 1.01 - 1.018 40 - 70 11.8 - 29.6 2.2 - 2.7 5.5 - 7.5 %


Name Amount %
Pale Malt, Maris Otter 5.5 kg 79.14
Munich II (Weyermann) 1 kg 14.39
Carafoam (Weyermann) 300 g 4.32
Caraamber (Weyermann) 150 g 2.16


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Herkules 30 g 90 min Boil Pellet 19
Cascade 20 g 25 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Centennial 20 g 25 min Boil Pellet 8.5
Cascade 50 g 0 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Centennial 30 g 0 min Boil Pellet 8.5
Amarillo 20 g 0 min Boil Pellet 9.2
Cascade 40 g 4 days Dry Hop Pellet 5.5
Citra 40 g 4 days Dry Hop Pellet 12
Centennial 20 g 4 days Dry Hop Pellet 10
Simcoe 40 g 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 13
Amarillo Gold 20 g 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 8.5


Name Amount Time Use Type
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 8.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 6.50 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Lactic Acid 2.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Conan (C1) Suregork 77% 18.33°C - 21.11°C


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 65°C 75 min

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