Have you ever wanted to control things with your mind just like Eleven on Stranger Things? Well, my friend, we have a brew for you! This IPA is a big hitter full of great hop aroma and awesome bitterness. We promise (no we don’t) that after about 5 of these bad boys you will be able to control things with your mind (you won’t). Any object you look at will move back and forth in your vision. When you sit down your mind will make the room spin while you sit still. All you have to do is drink at least 5 bottles of this amazing IPA to experience the awesomeness of telekinetic powers. We must disclose that you won't have telekinetic powers, you will just be really hammered.
WHAT YOU GET
1 Can Northwest Pale Ale HME
2 Packets of BrewMax LME Pale
1 Packet of Carapils Malt
1 Packet of Simcoe Hops
1 Packet of Mosaic Hops
1 Packet of US-05 Ale Yeast
3 Muslin Hop Sacks
2 Packets of No-Rinse Cleanser
FOR FANS OF
Original Gravity: 1.064
Final Gravity: 1.012
SRM: (Color): 6
IBU: (Bitterness): 71
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.
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,(not needed for this recipe), then place the unopened can and BrewMax LMEs in hot tap water.
2. Add the packet of Carapils malt into 1 of the muslin sacks and tie it closed so that the grain can flow freely within the sack and set aside.
3. Add 8 cups of water to a 1 gallon or larger boil pot. Begin heating the water to a range of 155-160 degrees F and hold, at this range. Next, add the grain sack into the water, and maintain the 155-160 temp for 30 minutes.
4. After the 30-minute steep has completed, turn off the heat and remove the grain sack from the pot and place it into a colander to drain, allowing the runoff to flow back into the pot, and rinse the grain with one cup of hot water (around 160 degrees), letting the excess runoff flow back into your pot. DO NOT squeeze the grain sack. Once drained, discard the grain sack.
5. Next, add BOTH packets of the BrewMax LMEs to the grain water and stir to combine. Heat this mixture to a low, rolling boil, stirring occasionally to avoid scorching.
6. Next, add the packet of Simcoe hops to a hopsack and tie it closed so that the hops have room to flow freely within the sack. Once the solution is boiling, add in the hopsack and allow it to boil for 10 minutes.
7. After the 10-minute hop boil has concluded, remove the pot from the heat.
8. Add the can of Northwest pale ale to the hot mixture in your pot and stir to combine. This unfermented mixture of beer is called wort.
9. 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.
10. Pour the wort including the hop sack, into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to 8.5 liters total, by adding more cold water.
11. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.
12. Sprinkle the US-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
Place your fermenter in an area out of direct sunlight to ferment for 14 days at a temperature between 68-72 degrees F.
STEP 3: Adding Extras
Adding extras is the process of adding additional ingredients to a beer that will impart more flavor and aroma to your finished brew.
1. On day 7 of fermentation, sanitize the 3rd hopsack and add to it the packet of Mosaic pellet hops. Open the fermenter and add the sack of hops, then close it and allow the beer to ferment for 7 more days.
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 (17 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.
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