The Best Haze of Our Lives Hazy IPA - Archived

The Best Haze of Our Lives Hazy IPA - Archived is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 19.
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Our latest rendition of the Hazy IPA is sure to be your instant favorite. This double IPA is packed with fruity and floral flavors derived from copious amounts of hops. The lack of bitterness from the hops makes this beer very approachable by almost anyone that loves beer.

 

$42.95
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What You Get

1 Can of Classic American Light Brewing Extract (HME)

1 Can of Canadian Blonde Brewing Extract (HME)

1 Packet of BrewMax LME Golden

1 Packet Vienna Malt

1 Packet Oat Flakes

1 Packet 2-Row

1 Packet Simcoe Pellet Hops 

1 Packet of Mosaic Pellet Hops 

1 Packet of Cluster Pellet Hops 

1 Packet of US-05

1 Hop Sack

1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser


For Fans Of

Black Market Brewing New England Style Double IPA

Grimm Artisan Ales Tesseract


Brew Specs

Flavor: Hoppy

Original Gravity: 1.082

Final Gravity: 1.020

ABV: 8%

SRM: (Color): 6

IBU: (Bitterness): 30


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 cans of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened cans and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

2. Mix all the grains well and add them to a Muslin Hop Sacks tying it closed.

3. Using a measuring cup, pour 1 gallon of water into your clean pot (Use just enough water to cover the grains). Bring your pot of water up to above 155 degrees F.

4. Add the grain sack to the hot water and steep for 45 minutes between 155-165 degrees.

5. Carefully lift the grain sack out of the pot, and place into a strainer/colander. Rinse the sack over the pot with 1 cup of hot water. Let drain. Do NOT squeeze the grain bag. Discard grain bag.

6. Bring the grain water to a boil and remove it from heat.

7. Open the cans of Brewing Extract and LME 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. (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.

12. 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 3 of fermentation add the packet of Simcoe hops into your fermenter. Careful remove the lid from your fermenter and dump the pellet hops in. Quickly close the lid.

2. At day 8 of fermentation add the packet of Mosaic hops into your fermenter. Careful remove the lid from your fermenter and dump the pellet hops in. Quickly close the lid.

3. At day 13 of fermentation add the packet of Cluster hops into your fermenter. 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 21 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 CTKev from Hoppy With No Waiting! This recipe came out nice. Dry hopping after fermentation has begun really makes the hoppiness stand out without overwhelming the taste. Complex flavors with a low level of bitterness. This is one I think you have to drink early before the hops begin to fade into more bitterness unless you enjoy your beer bitter. At 8% it's got a pretty good kick too! It was fun to use the liquid yeast for a change -- just have to make sure you brew it before that short expiration date passes.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by RDannhoff from Great Tasting IPA This was one of the more fun recipes I have made. I did decide to cold crash it so it would be a clear beer opposed to hazy. That being said I really enjoy the taste of this IPA. It is definitely a lighter more refreshing IPA that doesn't leave a strong bitter taste in your mouth. I will be brewing this again!
Date published: 2020-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by MDavid from Good. Not sure what I did wrong Brewed this Oct 12, bottled Nov 2. First tried December 4. Tastes good. Nice balance. Some yeast floating, but the color is red and opaque, not golden and hazy. Tastes very much like a Vienna lager, so I wonder if I boiled the malt too long or what. This was my 22nd batch, so I'm not new to brewing, but I'm just confused why it turned out this way.
Date published: 2019-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shrike from Best Haze of Our Lives is Another Winner I started drinking my batch after two weeks in the bottle. It's quite good; floral, fruity, hoppy, with just a touch of a bitter bite, and with a good malt backbone. It has great mouthfeel from the Golden LME and oats. It drinks so smoothly you wouldn't think it's an 8% ABV beer...until you feel it. :) I'll brew this one again.
Date published: 2019-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dan J from I drank it all! As I am finishing this batch I realized that I really like this beer. I followed the directions but my beer came out a little on the dark side. Mr Beer assured me no big deal so I kept drinking it. Anyways, I have given it to at least 5 people and all liked it. I think I like this the most so far. Its strong but not overly hoppy. Only one person of 5 said that there was a weird after taste. I just bought an expensive all grain brewing system but think I will keep using this one too.
Date published: 2018-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mack from Review for The Best Haze of Our Lives Upon rereading the initial instructions for this recipe, I was quite confused. There was no instruction for the addition of the Vienna Malt grain. I added a muslin bag to the wort anyway and sent an email to Mr. Beer support for further help. The person who responded to my questions asked if I had taken the bag with the Vienna Malt out and I responded in the negative. I then took the bag out and was worried that by leaving it in I had further damaged the brew. Fortunately that was not the case as the bottles I had drunk (prematurely) were pretty good. The previous 2 batches I had brewed had no carbonation whatsoever in their bottles. After cleaning the spigot assembly with some Oxygen Brewery Wash which I had purchased, the sampling of the premature bottles of The Best Haze of Our Lives turned out positively. My verdict is positive also.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by gerrysbrews from I'm enjoying it right now and loving it! This brew has a great balance of sweet and hop goodness, It finishes clean with no after taste. It has an excellent head retention with a creamy foam right to the last sip. If you have ever had Sierra Nevada Fantastic Haze, its along those lines. My only negative is the color and I see that I'm not the only one. I really wanted that nice egg yolk yellow color but got a deep copper. I'm not sure why but I give it a four star.
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by Ronb from Still tasted like an IPA I'm not a fan of IPA's but I did try this one because A. the recipe looked fun to try and B. it's kind of marketed as an IPA for people who don't really like IPA's much. I had a good time brewing but it tastes like a perfectly good hoppy IPA...which i didn't want lol. This is why i'm giving 2 stars. If you like IPA get this if you don't like IPA you won't like it.
Date published: 2020-04-02
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Can dry hopping be done with sanitized muslin sacks? I had to use a siphon to bottle this beer because my LBK spigot clogged up instantly with all the hops in this beer. Some of my bottles got lots of trub in them, hope the beer is drinkable.

Asked by: Kegger
It sure can! Just give them a quick boil (5 minutes or so) and let them cool until they're safe to touch. Another method is "cold-crashing" where you refrigerate the keg for 24 to 48-hours, then bottle. The cold temps help promote any particles to settle out. The trub in the bottles can be easy to avoid, just pour into glasses, being careful not to disturb the sediment.
Answered by: Mr Beer
Date published: 2021-06-07

In the steeping section it states to "Rinse the sack over the pot with 1 cup of hot water each. Let drain." 1 cup each what? Since it has 3 types of grains is that 3 separate cups of water?

Asked by: JNC88
That is a type, the each should not be in there. It is just 1 cup of water.
Answered by: RobertMrBeer
Date published: 2021-06-01

The newer INSTRUCTIONS for this recipe indicate that ALL 3 YEAST packets should be sprinkled in. Is that correct? ... This list of ingredients here under the recipe's description says we WON'T be using the packets under the lids.

Asked by: Gary6R
Do NOT use the yeast under the lid. Set it aside or throw it. This recipe includes a special yeast for the recipe. 
Answered by: Bronco Smitty
Date published: 2021-04-17

I've never made beer before. Is there a full kit for the hazy ipa, or do I have to buy one of your kits in order to do this one?

Asked by: Ron66
We don't have a starter kit that would the Hazy IPA in it. However, if you want you can purchase just a fermenter and bottles then this recipe, and that will be everything you need to brew and bottle the beer.
Answered by: RobertMrBeer
Date published: 2021-03-22
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