Thunder Bay IPA

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Our take on Zymurgy's 2017 Best Beer in America!

PROFILE:

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.

FOR FANS OF:

Two-Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewing
Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 American Ale (Yeast under lid. You won’t be using this.)
  • 3 Brewmax LME – Pale
  • 4 oz 2-Row Malt
  • 4 oz Crystal 40 Malt
  • 4 Packets Centennial Hops (1/2 oz each)
  • 5 Muslin sacks
  • 1 Safale US-05 Yeast
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.065 (approx.) -- FG: 1.014(approx.)
  • Flavor: Hoppy
  • ABV (alc/vol): 6.7%
  • SRM (Color): 10
  • IBU (Bitterness): 55
  • BJCP Style: 21. IPA, 21A. American IPA

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 1 - 2 Weeks = 2 Months

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Thunder Bay IPA Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 American Ale (Yeast under lid. You won’t be using this.)
  • 3 Brewmax LME – Pale
  • 4 oz 2-Row Malt
  • 4 oz Crystal 40 Malt
  • 4 Packets Centennial Hops (1/2 oz each)
  • 5 Muslin sacks
  • 1 Safale US-05 Yeast
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.065 (approx.) -- FG: 1.014(approx.)
  • Flavor: Hoppy
  • ABV (alc/vol): 6.7%
  • SRM (Color): 10
  • IBU (Bitterness): 55
  • BJCP Style: 21. IPA, 21A. American IPA

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 1 - 2 Weeks = 2 Months

 

STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk.)

NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER. 

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. Using a measuring cup, pour 6-8 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot (Use enough water to cover the grains).
    2. Add the grains to a Muslin Sack and bring your water up to above 165 degrees F.
    3. Add the grain sack to the hot water and steep for 30 minutes between 155-165 degrees F.
    4. 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.
    5. 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 the 3 LME Softpacks in hot tap water.
    6. Place 1 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 minutes.
    8. While this is boiling, place the contents of another Centennial hops packet into a hop sack and trim away excess material.
    9. After the 5 minute boil has passed, add the 2nd hop sack and simmer at a low boil for another 10 minutes.
    10. While this is boiling, place the contents of the 3rd Centennial hops packet into a hop sack and trim away excess material.
    11. After the 10 minute boil has passed, remove from heat and add the 3rd hop sack.
    12. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the 3 LME Softpacks, pour the contents into the hot mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called "wort."
    13. Fill keg with cold tap water to the #1 mark on the back.
    14. Pour the wort, including the hop sacks, into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the #2 mark by adding more cold water. You'll leave the hop sacks in the wort for the duration of fermentation. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk. 
    15. Sprinkle the Safale US-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir. 
    16. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 59° and 71.6° F (15°-22° C) and out of direct sunlight. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface. Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal.
    17. 5 days before bottling, add the final packet of Centennial hops to a sanitized hop sack (steep in boiling water for a few minutes to sanitize before adding hops to the sack) and place the hop sack in your fermenter. Don't leave the fermenter lid off for too long when doing this.
    18. On bottling day, remove hop sacks from fermenter and discard just before bottling.
    19. You’ll ferment for 21 days total. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks. After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process.

    Step 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

    Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk.)

Flavor Profile

hoppy-recipesFlavor Profile
Alcohol by volume: 6.7%
SRM (color): 10
IBU (Bitterness): 55
Thunder Bay IPA is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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 5 out of 5 by 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 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 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 3 out of 5 by 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
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