Beer Blog and an IPA

It is hard to believe that this website has been online in one form or another since 2005. Every once in a while I will add new information or tweak the site to keep it current. Recently, however, I took the opportunity to make the entire website a responsive design. This major layout change makes the site more accessible to mobile readers and users of my online calculators. I also plan to incorporate a blog that chronicles more of my brewing endeavors.

Many users of this site don’t realize that I took a several year beer brewing hiatus in order to devote more time to my two young children. In 2008, having an infant and a toddler in the house made beer brewing a very low-priority endeavor. I kept the website up and running so that dedicated users of my online brewing calculators could continue to use them. Now that my children are a little older, I have recently begun brewing again and Father’s Day of 2014 was my first brewing weekend back at the helm of my home brewery.

After an extensive cleaning and sanitation effort in the brewery, Father’s Day weekend presented the perfect opportunity to brew a very simple IPA. Since it had been a couple years, I wanted the recipe, ingredients, and procedure to be as simple as possible in case the operation went poorly.

The recipe I chose to brew was a simple IPA based around a 5.3 gallon batch due to my usual .3 gallon loss from dumping yeast from my conical fermentation tank. I hit all my liquid volume numbers but my efficiency seemed a bit low which may have been from the grain crush. I plan to get a grain mill in the near future since it was at the top of my list just before I stopped brewing. My efficiency was normally in the 77% range and this brew had it in the 65% range according to BeerSmith 2 and 70% using iBrewMaster 2. My own online calculator put it at 72%.

Recipe: Simple IPA
Brewer: Ken Powers
Style: American IPA

Recipe Specifications:
Boil Size: 6.83 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.29 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.30 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.067 SG
Estimated Color: 12.0 SRM
Estimated IBU: 87.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 74.2 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

10 lbs     Munich Malt
3 lbs      Pale Malt (2 Row) US
1.5 lbs    Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L
8.0 oz     Cara-Pils/Dextrine
2.00 oz    Magnum - Boil 60.0 min
1.00       Whirlfloc Tablet - Boil 15.0 mins
2.00 oz    Goldings, East Kent - Boil 5.0 min
2.00 oz    Goldings, East Kent - Boil 1.0 min
1.0 pkg    London ESB Ale (Wyeast Labs #1968)            

Mash Schedule:
Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out
Mash In: Add 18.75 qt of water at 174.2 F
Target Temp: 154.0 F
Duration: 60 min        

Sparge: Fly sparge with 4.34 gal water at 168.0 F

Powers Beer Recipe Calculator Recipe String
Use the LOAD RECIPE button at the top of the page of the brewing calculator and paste the following string into the text box that appears:

Ken Powers^Simple IPA^June 8, 2014^61^49^5.3^60^9^4^72^100^9^0.3^0.8^0.7^0.4^0.3^63^63^10^71^71^3^31^31^1.5^22^22^0.5^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^0^66^61^47^2^60^0^1^12^2^5^0^1^12^2^1^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^0^0^0^0^1^2^63^153^1.25^1.062^1.021^153^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^14^5^5^0^0^0^0.2^

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