Monday, January 7, 2013

15 Minute IPA

I had the hair-brained idea last night to brew an experimental 1 gallon test batch of an experimental IPA. I'm looking to get a lot of tropical fruits, specifically, Pineapple out of the aroma. I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it, so I brewed an extract batch with some Crystal 40 steeped grains, and boiled for just 15 minutes with the new hop variety - Zythos and fermented with WLP 575 Belgian yeast. Dry Malt Extract has already been boiled so a full 60 minute wort boil isn't required. Between all the set up, brewing, cooling, and clean up, the batch only took me 1 1/2 hours! I'll probably start doing more extract test batches in the near future considering how quickly it can be done.

It's currently fermenting, but I couldn't believe the amount of bitterness that was extracted in just 15 minutes. It was probably the most bitter IPA I've brewed. I've been slowly moving towards less early bittering charges and higher amounts of late addition hopping to extract more hop flavor and aroma. After performing this test, my next all-grain IPA will be conducted with a 60 minute boil and all late addition hops (15 minutes and less).

1 Gallon extract test batch boiling away on the stove top.
The 1 Gallon Wort

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