5400 Second IPA

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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!


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    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

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Hoppy

    Original Gravity: 1.089

    Final Gravity: 1.022

    ABV: 9.5%

    SRM: (Color): 8

    IBU: (Bitterness): 95


    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 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 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 top of 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 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.

    5. Once 90 minutes has passed (step 4), remove the pot from heat.

    6. 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. 

    7. 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. 

    8. 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).

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

    10. 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.


    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 solutions into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using 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. 


    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 4 out of 5 by Dieseldarkside from Great bitter beer Make sure you follow the instructions, well take your time with this beer. There is a lot of fermentables, so keep the keg tilted and make sure you cold crash for about 48 hours to reduce sediment. Then condition it for at least 4 weeks. The longer you wait the better the beer and the less yeast taste you have. First time I had it was ok, but after about three more weeks of conditioning the beer was great. Not as citrusy, but as my neighbor says it will put hair on your chest!!
    Date published: 2020-05-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by TimE from Love the 5400 Second IPA Just had my first sip and it's a dead ringer for Dogfish's 90 minute!
    Date published: 2020-05-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by JoesBeerHouse from Hops with capital H A lot of work for a lot of Hops flavor. Ended up with one less bottle due to the amount of hop residue, almost a full liter. First sample tried after a couple of weeks, very little carbonation, but powerful hop blast. Second bottle a little bit of fizz. If next bottle same, will load up U-Keg to carbonate.
    Date published: 2020-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Better than DogFish Head This clone brew created by Mr. Beer’s own Zachary M, is absolutely phenomenal. We did several taste test between the original 90 minute IPA by DigFish Head and Mr. Beer 5400 second IPA, and the Mr. Beer clone recipe won every time. If you love your hops, definitely make your purchase to brew this one today!!
    Date published: 2020-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Big Hec from 5400 second IPA... Awesome brew! A big fan of IPA! Very good!! Follow directions as directed and turned out very good!
    Date published: 2021-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by SilpyBrewing from Can't go wrong Easy to brew. DfH is my favorite craft brewery, and 90 Min is my favorite beer. I'm looking forward to this one!
    Date published: 2020-12-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Petedawg25 from Looks Good...... Looks like it will be fun to brew..........................
    Date published: 2022-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from 5400 second smoothness Very nice and very smooth - my first attempt for an IPA
    Date published: 2021-01-04
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    How many gallons does this make? Could it be used in the 6.5 gallon fermenter - how many kits would be needed?

    Asked by: MSG86
    This is a 2.25 gallon recipe. Within the next week or two we will be offering a 5 gallon of this recipe. It could be made at the lower yield in a larger fermenter but you could get a bit of unwanted oxygen exposure. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2022-07-01

    Do use the yeast that’s under the lids as well as the us-05 package??

    Asked by: Mitchell
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