Thunder Bay IPA

Thunder Bay IPA is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 17.
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Grapefruit and resinous pine notes dominate the nose, while the palate enjoys a significant malt body that perfectly balances the intense hop presence provided by the 100% Centennial hop additions. A modest amount of IBUs makes this beer dependably drinkable, even among those that aren’t typically into IPAs.


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    What You Get

    1 Can of American Ale Brewing Extract (HME)

    3 Packets of BrewMax LME Pale

    1 Packet of 2-Row Malt

    1 Packet of Crystal 40 Malt

    2 Packets of Centennial Pellet Hops

    1 Packet of US-05

    5 Hop Sacks

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    For Fans Of

    Bell's Brewing Two-Hearted Ale

    Founders Brewing Centennial IPA

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Hoppy

    Original Gravity: 1.065

    Final Gravity: 1.014

    ABV: 6.7%

    SRM: (Color): 10

    IBU: (Bitterness): 55


    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 can of Brewing Extract (you won’t be using
    this), then place the unopened can and BrewMax LMEs in hot tap water.

    2. Add all the packets of grains to a Muslin Hop Sacks tying it closed.

    3. Using a measuring cup, pour 6-8 cups of water into your clean 4-quart or larger 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 30 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 each. Let drain. Do NOT squeeze the grain bag. Discard
    grain bag.  

    6. Place 1/2 of one packet of Centennial pellet hops into a hop sack, tying it closed, then trim
    away excess material.

    7. Bring grain water to a low rolling boil, add in hop sack, and let simmer at a low boil for 5

    8. While this is boiling, place the remaining 1/2 packet of Centennial hops packet into a hop sack
    and trim away excess material. 

    9. After the 5-minute boil has passed, add the 2nd hopsack and simmer at a low boil for another
    10 minutes

    10. While this is boiling, place ½ of the packet of Centennial hops packet into a hop sack and
    trim away excess material. (For the remaining ½ of packet 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

    11. After the 10-minute boil has passed, remove from heat and add the 3rd hopsack.

    12. Open the can of Brewing Extract and LMEs and pour the contents into the hot mixture in
    your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort

    13. 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. 

    14. Pour the wort, including the hop sacks, into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the
    fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. Leave the hop sacks 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

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

    16. Sprinkle the Safale 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 16 of fermentation add the remaining 1/2 packet of Centennial hops into your
    fermenter. 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 5 out of 5 by Bob Canney from Superior IPA! I bought this IPA as I'm planning to make all of the Mr. Beer IPA's. This is my 3rd IPA, but so far it has been the best! The turn around time from boiling to fridge was perfect...not too long, not too short! It has a wonderful hoppy flavor that you look for in an IPA but had enough other hints of flavor that make it very smooth! I would definitely recommend trying with one if you love IPA's.
    Date published: 2017-09-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by 76shovel from Really close to Two Hearted Just finished my 2nd bottle ot TB IPA. For hoppy beers I love Bell's Two Hearted Ale and this one comes very close. Don't get me wrong, This is very close but I think it just needs a touch more grapefruit hit to be spot on. It's a bit more work than the simple extracts but no deal breakers.
    Date published: 2017-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by DEFbrewer from Great Recipe! I already Had the American Ale HME When this recipe came out so I bought all the rest of the ingredients from Mrbeer and brewed it up. It is the best brew to date. if you like IPAs you'll love this recipe! The next time i brew this Ill buy the whole recipe from Mrbeer because it is a much better deal that way.
    Date published: 2017-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Gary6R from Strong & Solid Rich Flavor This was my first partial-mash recipe from Mr. Beer (a dozen overall) and it turned out great. Quite close to the marketing description, actually, which had tempted me to try it. Taught me more about using loose grains plus addl. (4!) packets of hops. Three weeks in the fermenter, then 5 weeks total in bottles. Good thick initial head, full-hops aroma; later bottles had more-modest foam heads, moderate fizz. Amber color (similar to maple syrup, SRM 12+?) with some slight haze. Full rich flavor, truly hoppy, with some bitterness lingering in the aftertaste but I don't believe excessive. Another characteristic I wanted to try was the higher ABV %-age, and that's there, too. (So sip and savor - not for slugging down.) Met my preferences in all the right places. Give it a personal grade, overall, of A-.
    Date published: 2017-12-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by EasyOne from Best I've tasted in quite some time I am not a huge IPA fan however this has been the best I've tasted in a long time. I would call it medium as far as IBU's
    Date published: 2020-05-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by CTKev from Not As Good As Expected I've been brewing a lot of the MB IPA recipes lately. This one was a little disappointing though. I tried the first bottle after one week of conditioning. It had good carbonation but the hops were very subtle. The bitterness was stronger than expected as well. Maybe opening one right after the 3 week carbonation period would have been better. It seems "fresh is best" for hoppy beers.
    Date published: 2018-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Montana Blue from Perfect Fit Mr. Beer customer for about 20 years now. During that time I've made over 50 batches of a wide variety of beers and hard cider. The Thunder Bay IPA recipe was easy to understand and follow. It's been in the bottle for a couple of weeks now and if the "sample" I pulled during bottling holds true ... this is going to be a great brew.
    Date published: 2018-10-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Agave from Very flavorful and satisfying If you love really hoppy ales, this is heaven. Goes down smooth, not too bitter with a great aroma. This is the first bottle that I’ve opened, let’s see how the flavors develop over few more days.
    Date published: 2019-01-21
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    Do I have to sanitize the hop sack before filling with last of centennial for dry hopping?

    Asked by: Boba5
    Yes, it is a good idea to sanitize the hop sack for dry hopping. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2023-01-24
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