Tomorrow it’s time for the last brewday of the year. We will be trying to get rid of some opened packages of 2012 hops, so the obvious choice for beer style is an Imperial IPA. We will be using our classic malt bill, with Pale Ale, Munich, Carapils and Crystal malt, coupled with a slight amount of cane sugar to dry out the beer since we’ll be using a low-attenuating yeast strain. For hops, we will be using our standard bittering hop Herkules, while for flavour and aroma we will be using Amarillo, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe. We are aiming for 100+ theoretical IBUs. I like the use of English yeast strains in hop-forward beers, since they lend a slightly fruitiness that often complements the hoppiness. Since I have some Wyeast 1318 English Ale III slurry from a previous fermentation, we will be using it for this beer. Hoping to reach an FG of around 1.013-1.015 and an ABV of around 8.5-9%.
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