Angry Ranger IPA 5 Gallon
Who remembers there first IPA? For most people, it had to be the New Belgium Ranger IPA, the original. The one that packed crazy amounts of bitterness into a tiny bottle. The one that was only for those true IPA fans who want bitterness on top of bitterness. Well, we were so angry that you can no longer get this beer, we decided to brew up our own! Thus, the Angry Ranger IPA was born. With 13oz of hops, this IPA packs some hardcore bitterness with some amazing hop aroma. If you are a true fan of the bitter IPA's, then this will soon be your favorite brew.
WHAT YOU GET
1 Can of Coopers Australian Pale Ale HME
6 Packets of BrewMax DME Smooth
1 Packet of BrewMax Booster
4 Packets of Columbus Hops
4 Packets of Simcoe Hops
5 Packets of Cascade Hops
1 Packet of US-05 Ale Yeast
5 Muslin Hop Sacks
2 Packets of No-Rinse Cleanser
FOR FANS OF
New Belgium Ranger IPA
Original Gravity: 1.054
Final Gravity: 1.010
SRM: (Color): 7
IBU: (Bitterness): 70
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 fermenter with 8 liters (2 Gallons) of warm water, then add 1 pack of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved.
2. Use your measuring cup to scoop the liquid up and run it down the side of the Coopers Fermenter. Do this around the entire fermenter a few times. Then add your krousen kollar and repeat. Then take some of the solution and pour it into the lid and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. (If you have a different fermenter sanitizing may be different.)
3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow the liquid to flow for 5 seconds, and then close.
4. Pour some of the solution from the fermenter into a large bowl. You need enough to fully cover your brewing utensils. 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 the cleaning solution prior to use. Any remaining solution in your fermenter can be discarded.
5. After all, surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to the top of the fermenter, 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 packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can in hot tap water.
2. Place 3 packets of the Columbus Hops in a hop sack, tying it closed & trim away excess material, place 3 packets of the Simcoe Hops in a hop sack, tying it closed & trim away excess material, and Place 2 packets of Cascade Hops in a hop sack, tying it closed & trim away excess material. Then place one 1 packet each of Cascade, Simcoe, and Columbus in a hop sack together, tying it closed & trim away excess material. Make sure you know which hops are in which hop sacks.
3. In your clean 1-gallon or larger pot pour 8 cups of water. Add in the booster and mix until dissolved.
4. Slowly sprinkle in all 6 packets of DME, 1 at a time, into the pot of cool water and stir to dissolve. Increase your heat to medium-high. Continue stirring constantly to keep the rising foam in check. If it begins to rise, pull the pan off the heat and lower the temperature slightly, continuing to stir (about 5 to 20 minutes depending on your particular conditions), until you hit the hot break which is where the foam has subsided, and the solution is now boiling.
5. Once you have reached the hot break add the hop sack with Columbus hops to boil for 60 minutes.
6. 30 minutes into your 60-minute boil (step-5) add in the hop sack with Simcoe Hops to boil for 30 minutes.
7. 50 minutes in your 60-minute boil (step-5) add in the hop sack with Cascade Hops to boil for 10 minutes.
8. Once your 60-minute boil is up (step-5) remove your pot from the heat and add in the last hopsack that contains 1 packet of the Columbus, Simcoe, and Cascade Hops. You will leave all hop sacks in for the duration of fermentation.
9. Open the can of Australian pale ale 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.
10. Fill your fermenter with enough cold water to cover the spigot hole. Approximately 1-2 gallons of water.
11. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to 5 gallons or 19 liters by adding more cold water.
12. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.
13. Sprinkle the US-05 yeast packet into the fermenter, and place on the lid. Do not stir.
14. Place your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.
Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 75° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.
STEP 3: Dry-Hopping
Dry hopping is the process of adding hops to a beer which will impart more hop flavor and aroma to your beer.
1. On Day 7 of fermentation sanitize a hopsack. Add both packets of hops to the sanitized hop sack and tie it closed. Carefully remove the lid from your fermenter and add the pellet hop sack. Quickly close the lid.
STEP 4: BOTTLING & CARBONATING
After 14 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 (14 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 3 1-gallon containers with warm water, then split the remaining pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser between them and mix 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.
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