Continuing my kick of brewing IPAs that can’t be bought locally, I brewed up a batch of Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA this weekend. There’s a massive thread on homebrewtalk.com started by Yooper documenting a homebrew recipe for this beer, and while it’s a bit strong, there should be enough malt in this beer to back up the hop charge. Dogfish lists this at 6.0% ABV, whereas the clone recipe clocks in around 6.8%. Though my beers tend to attenuate really well, I’m hoping I don’t see over 7%.
Let’s start with the grist for this beer:
- 13# US two-row
- 6oz Thomas Fawcett Amber malt
Very simple grist, but do not sub any medium crystal for this amber malt and expect the same results. I special ordered a few pounds because Northern Brewer doesn’t carry it, and this malt is very distinct.
The hops are nothing unusual for an IPA, but instead of a more conventional 60 minute bittering, 20 minute flavor, 10/5/0 minute aroma additions, all of the hop additions are added continuously throughout the 60 minute boil. I chose to add half the bittering addition at 60, and added the remainder up to 35 minutes. I then mixed the Amarillo and Simcoe and added those continuously from 35 minutes until flameout. It was a looong time to stand there and idly pitch in a couple hop pellets per minute, so I’m excited to see what the end result will be.
I don’t brew beers this big very often, so I tend to forget my efficiency drops off a bit and missed my pre-boil gravity by 6 points. That was easily corrected by boiling for 15 minutes before I started pitching hops, technically making this a 75-minute IPA if we’re splitting hairs. At the end of the day, I ran off about 5.1 gallons at 1.069, which was right on the money. I hit it with 45 seconds of oxygen and tucked it away in the fermentation fridge.
DFH 60-ish Minute IPA
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||ABV|
|5.3 gal||60 min||76.9 IBUs||5.9 SRM||1.071 SG||1.015 SG||7.3 %|
|Pale Malt (2 Row) US||13.25 lbs|
|Fawcett Amber||0.41 lbs|
|Warrior||0.75 oz||60 min||Boil||Pellet||15|
|Amarillo Gold||0.55 oz||35 min||Boil||Pellet||8.5|
|Simcoe||0.55 oz||30 min||Boil||Pellet||13|
|Amarillo Gold||1.2 oz||0 min||Dry Hop||Pellet||8.5|
|Simcoe||0.5 oz||0 min||Dry Hop||Pellet||13|
|American Ale (1056)||Wyeast Labs||75%||60°F - 72°F|
- 2014.05.09 : Made a 1000mL starter with wort pulled from a fresh batch of Tale of a Blonde
- 2014.05.10 : Crashed starter in fridge
- 2014.05.17 : Brewed early afternoon. first warm, dry day in weeks. Chilled just shy of 5.25 gallons to 68, oxygenated, pitched decanted starter of 1056 and set fridge to 66°F
- 2014.05.22: Dry hopped with 1oz Amarillo, .5oz Simcoe
- 2014.05.29: Gravity stable at 1.012, which puts this batch at 7.48% ABV. Yeast dropped out like a billion tiny rocks 3 days ago. Kegged up, and now we wait.