5400 Second IPA
What if you could brew what many experts consider to be the best IPA in America? You can do it with our recipe. It has a strong malt backbone that provides fullness and caramel flavor to support the bitterness. The hops provide heavy pine and citrus aromas. A steady flow of hops in the boil is key to the unique bold taste that you expect. But it is simple, so turn on your favorite podcast and get hopping!
This recipe has a lot of fermentables. Put your fermenter somewhere safe in case it leaks during fermentation
What You Get
1 Canadian Blonde Brewing Extract (HME)
1 Classic American Light Brewing Extract (HME)
1 Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner Brewing Extract (HME)
1 Packet Booster
1 Packet Glacier Hops
1 Packet Warrior Hops
1 Packet Amarillo Hops
1 Packet Simcoe Hops
1 Packet US-05 Yeast
1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser
For Fans Of
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Original Gravity: 1.089
Final Gravity: 1.022
SRM: (Color): 8
IBU: (Bitterness): 95
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.
STEP 2: 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 packets from under the lids of the cans of Brewing Extracts then place the unopened cans in hot tap water.
2. Open and pour 1 packet of Warrior pellet hops and 1/2 packet of Amarillo & Simcoe hops into a clean bowl and mix thoroughly. (For the remaining ½ of packets store in a Ziplock bag in the freezer. You want as little air as possible in the bag. You will use the remaining packet during dry hopping)
3. Using the measuring cup, pour 1-gallon of water into your clean 1.5-gallon or larger pot, then open the packet of BrewMax Booster and pour into the cool water and stir to dissolve. Increase your heat to medium-high. Continue stirring constantly to keep the sugar from scorching.
4. Once the solution is safely boiling begin adding small amounts of hops. You will add 1/2 teaspoon of hops every 5 minutes until the 90-minute boil has passed and all the hops from your bowl have been added.
6. Once 90 minutes has passed (step 4), remove the pot from heat.
7. Open all 3 cans 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.
8. 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.
9. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. The hops will be 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).
10. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.
11. Sprinkle the US-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
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. At day 19 of fermentation open, the 1 Packet of Glacier hops and the remaining 1/2 packet of Amarillo & Simcoe hops with clean scissors. Careful 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 24 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.
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.