API IPA - Archived

API IPA - Archived is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 16.
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For all you techies out there hunched over a keyboard for hours on end, taking your dreams to a Wozniakian level (at least in your own mind), here's a great quaffable ale that will allow you to scale the potential of Moore's law with each...

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What You Get

1 American Ale Brewing Extract (HME)

1 Diablo IPA Brewing Extract (HME)

1 Packet of Nugget Pellet Hops

1 Packet of Columbus Pellet Hops 

1 Hop Sack

1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

For Fans Of

Columbus Brewing Columbus IPA

Hangar 24 Columbus IPA

Brew Specs

Flavor: Hoppy

Original Gravity: 1.082

Final Gravity: 1.025

ABV: 7.7%

SRM: (Color): 14

IBU: (Bitterness): 99

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 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 packet from under the lid of the cans of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened cans in hot tap water.

2. Place both packets of pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material

3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this to a boil, add in your hop sack, then remove from heat.

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

5. 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.

6. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

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

8. Sprinkle both the yeast packets into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.

STEP 3: 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 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 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 to sit 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 Josh from Dark, Balanced, Bitter Finish This beer is expensive but well worth it. Two weeks in the keg and three weeks bottle conditioning, all at a consistent 70 degrees. Coming out of the keg, this beer has been the most aromatic of any of the beers I've brewed to date (this is probably my 5th or 6th mr. beer recipe). Normally I let my IPAs condition for at least 4 weeks in the bottle but I couldn't wait to dig into this one after just 3 weeks and I'm glad I did. Very dark color, nice smooth, balanced flavor to start and then a bitter, hoppy finish. Right up my alley... and at about 8% abv this is a serious beer to be enjoyed in smaller quantities (or maybe not?). Definitely try this one out.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ixian from API IPA I brew beer in my spare time. My friends get really excited when I tell them that I have a new beer to try. The API IPA is absolutly fantastic the hops are really well balanced at first there is a floral-aromatic hop flavor followed by a really good malt flavor then the bitter hops finish it off it leaves you wanting more. It will be a dark day indeed when I run out. I will definatly order more of this recipe.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by devilchild from I added my own twist to this IPA Since I like big brews with a higher ABV%, I decided to take this a step further by adding 1 Brewmax LME Smooth pack to the mix. This actually mellowed out the hop character and brought a slightly sweeter taste to the end product. The onluy drawback is the amount of head this ale produced when poured into a glass. Huge foam head. I used 12oz bottles and primed with 3-4 tsp. 1 bottle broke. The yield was 22 full bottles.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by Blueshirts from This is a heavy hitter! This is an easy brewing IPA. Very armatic,almost fruity. The only changes I made was I used Salager 05 yeast which was able to handle the high alcohol content better and I also added a booster and more hops :) Fermented for almost 3 weeks and conditioned for a month before trying a bottle. Came out awesome but Im gonna let it condition for at least 3 months which I think is perfect for this beer.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hawksfan83 from Excellent My 2nd quality run of beer. Turned out great. Will for sure buy again.
Date published: 2016-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cmitch from Be Careful Kept the keg in a room that was 68 degrees (kept a thermometer to be sure and it leaked out the first night. I can see the yeast everywhere so I am going to keep brewing but expecting that I wasted money on it. Keep this in as cold of a room as possible if you are brewing it.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jake The Beerman from Not Bad, But Not What I Expected This beer comes out considerably darker than the photo. More like a brown, hoppy ale. Not bad, but not like the IPA I expected.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andy73 from Great ipa. I love ipas and this was the first Mr.Beer receipe I tried and it was awesome.
Date published: 2016-01-07
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