3 Zombies IPA

3 Zombies IPA is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 32.
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This medium-bodied IPA uses exclusively Citra hops to highlight their grapefruit, lime, and passionfruit aromas and flavors. This highly sought after hop is balanced by a sturdy malt backbone consisting of 2-row and Munich malts with an addition of Crystal 60 for a subtle sweetness. Using an English yeast (Safale S-04) adds some fruity esters to round this beer out giving it a well-balanced, but hoppy finish.

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    What You Get

    1 Can of Northwest Pale Ale Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    1 Packet of Munich Malt

    1 Packet of Crystal 60 Malt

    1 Packet of 2-Row Pale Malt

    3 Packets of Citra pellet hops (1oz packets) 

    1 Packet of S-04 Brewing Yeast

    5 Muslin Sack

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

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    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balance

    Original Gravity: 1.064

    Final Gravity: 1.016

    ABV: 6.2%

    SRM: (Color): 10

    IBU: (Bitterness): 72

    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw-on the lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow the liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all, surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to the top of the keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract (you won’t be using this), then place the unopened can in hot tap water.

    2. Add all the 2-Row malt and half of each packet of the Crystal 60 and Munich malts to a Muslin Sack, tying the sack off as high as possible.

    3. Using a measuring cup, pour 4-8 cups of water into your clean 4-quart or larger pot (Use just enough water to cover the grains). Bring your pot of water up to above 155 degrees F.

    4. Add the grain sack to the hot water and steep for 45 minutes between 155-165 degrees.

    5. Carefully lift the grain sack out of the pot, and place into a strainer/colander. Rinse the sack over the pot with 1 cup of hot water. Let drain. Do NOT squeeze the grain bags. Discard grain bags.

    6. Place 1/2 packet of Citra pellet hops into a hop sack, tying it closed, then trim away excess material.

    7. Bring grain water to a low rolling boil, add in hop sack, and let boil for 5 minutes.

    8. While this is boiling, place the contents of the remaining ½ packet of Citra hops in a hop sack, tying it off as before. Add to boiling grain water and let boil for 5 more minutes. In those 5 minutes, add 1 packet of Citra hops in another hop sack, tying off as before.

    9. After the 5-minute boil has passed, remove the pot from heat and add the 3rd hop sack to the wort.

    10. Open the can of Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    11. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    12. Pour the wort, including the hop sacks, into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. Leave the hop sacks in the wort for the duration of fermentation. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    13. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    14. Sprinkle the Safale S-04 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    15. Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 70° and 76° F (21°-24° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.

    STEP 3: Dry-Hopping

    Dry hopping is the process of adding hops to a beer which will impart more hop flavor and aroma in your beer.

    1. On day 16 of fermentation add the remaining packet of Citra Pellet Hops into your fermenter. Open the packet with clean scissors, carefully remove the lid from your fermenter, and dump the pellet hops in. Quickly close the lid.

    STEP 4: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 21 days total.

    1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

    2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be used for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

    4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

    Tip from our Brewmasters

    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

    Rated 5 out of 5 by 0X20Man from Makes Me Hoppie Wow! I did the Long Play IPA in a kit my kids gave me for Christmas. I was a little disappointed in the lack of hop bite... so, I thought I'd go the other way and make a complicated recipe with lots of Citra. I am at only a week in the bottle and thought I'd try one. They are actually ready to go, but I'll continue to sample one daily until they reach their peak I have reached my Citra hoppie limit with this one... I do love it, but it's right on the edge of too much. DO NOT try to make trub bread with the trub from this... Bitter bread is a weird thing
    Date published: 2022-03-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by DoubleH32 from Average IPA I made this IPA last fall for around Halloween. I made the Thunder Bay IPA recipe around the same time and this is not as good. Side by side taste with the Thunder Bay IPA with my friends and we all preferred the TB IPA. You can definitely notice the citra hops, but the beer is not too hoppy. A few more steps than other recipes with the hop additions at different boil times. This beer loses it's hop aroma and flavor quickly so drink it early after carbonation is completed ~ 3 weeks. A month after opening the 1st bottle and the hop drop off was very noticable.
    Date published: 2020-01-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by RDannhoff from Go-to-IPA I have made this a few times now. It has turned into my go-to-IPA. I like it because it is a nicely hopped IPA that is not too bitter. It also has awesome aromas of grapefruit and passion fruit. It reminds me of my favorite 'Tropical' IPA I buy locally. Recommend to anyone who likes a nice floral IPA that isn't overwhelmed by a strong bitter hop flavor.
    Date published: 2020-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by mt50 from One of the Best IPAs This is an excellent IPA, reminiscent of Three Floyd's Zombie Dust or Elysian's Space Dust. This and Dry River Rye are my two favorites. Exceptional!
    Date published: 2019-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Montana Blue from 3 Zombies is a must brew for hop heads 3 Zombies IPA is a great recipe. Easy to make if you are patient. Medium amount of hoppy bitterness and great aroma.
    Date published: 2021-01-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Billy the brick from Great IPA brew It was a lot of work, but the outcome was worth it.
    Date published: 2018-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jgault1004 from New Favorite We brewed this beer based on the reviews and seeing people in the Facebook group brew it and love it. We fermented for 3 weeks, and conditioned for 3 weeks in glass 12 oz bottles. And this beer turned out amazing. We brought one to my mother in laws house and she tried it and instantly said it was her favorite beer and she wants a whole batch for herself! Excellent brew. This just became a must have in our brewing rotation.
    Date published: 2020-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Glonker from A Halloween beer that hits your BRAINS This is the best IPA I have made through Mr. Beer. To be fair, my first couple IPAs were a bit more advanced (double dry hopped, hazy IPAs, etc.) Either way, this one has a great flavor and isnt crazy hoppy. There is a hop bite but not a, dry out your mouth, hops type. Overall I really like how this turned out and happy that I set aside eight 16 oz bottles of it for Halloween next weekend.
    Date published: 2021-10-22
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    When going through the carbonation process you talk about refrigerating and tasting. When it is good, refrigerate them all. Do they all have to be refrigerated to maintain the taste or can they be left unchilled for a few weeks?

    Asked by: Denl
    You can leave this beer at room temp for up to 4 weeks before refrigerating. They need to be refrigerated for about a day before you drink them in order to push the carbonation down into the fluid. Refrigeration also helps to stabilize the flavor and preserve it, just like food. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-04-18

    Can you dry hop with a muslin sack?

    Asked by: Carl B
    Yes you can! Just make sure you sanitize the sack prior to adding the hops into it. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2023-07-09

    The one time I dry-hopped, the softened hop pellets jammed up the spicket when I was filling the bottles. How do you stop this from happening on a dry-hopping recipe?

    Asked by: RayFern
    The best way to prevent this is to place your fermenter on an incline. Usually a washcloth rolled up under the front foot is plenty of "lift" for the spigot end and this will prevent hops from precipitating into the spigot. We also recommend "cold crashing". Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2023-07-09

    What happens with the second half of the munich & crystal malt or is it not used?

    Asked by: Tobin500
    You can store them in an air-tight container and in the fridge to be used on a later brew or to experiment with down the road. The size they come in is too much for the style of beer we are going for here.
    Answered by: RobertMrBeer
    Date published: 2023-07-09
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