Brewed: Dogfish Head 60-ish Minute IPA

Brewed: Dogfish Head 60-ish Minute IPA

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 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


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.

Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA hop additions

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.

Running off the finished wort

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 %


Name Amount
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 13.25 lbs
Fawcett Amber 0.41 lbs


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
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


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
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.