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November 25, 2019
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Citra Double IPA Homebrew Recipe

Owner of Clawhammer Supply

Citra Double IPAWe brewed this Citra hopped double IPA with our 10 gallon 240 volt system. We used 18.2 pounds (8kg 255.4g) of grain for this beer, which showed once again that a 10.5 gallon (39.7 liter) kettle is versatile enough to brew beers on the larger end of the ABV spectrum. We used a good amount of Citra hops- so if you're a fan of that variety, and you like bigger beers, this one is for you. Our brew day video is below, but keep scrolling for full recipe details and step by step instructions.


We filled the kettle with 8.5 gallons (32.2 liters) of Asheville, NC city water. Once the water was heated to 150 Fahrenheit (65.6C) we removed 2 gallons (7.6 liters) of water into a smaller pot leaving 6.5 gallons (24.6 liters) left in the kettle.

removing water to sparge with later 

Removing water to sparge with later

We removed the 2 gallons (7.6 liters) of water in order to fit all of the grains and the water into the kettle. The reserved 2 gallons (7.6 liters) of water will be used after the mash as sparge water.

Grains (18.2 pounds) / (8.3 kilograms)

Here's the detailed grain bill for this recipe.

Pale Malt (2 Row) - 15 lbs (6.8 kg)

Cara-Pils/Dextrine - 12.8 oz (362.9 g)

Caramel/Crystal Malt 10L - 12.8 oz (362.9 g)

Munich Malt - 12.8 oz (362.9 g)

Honey Malt - 6.4 oz (181.4 g)

White Wheat Malt - 6.4 oz (181.4 g)


We mashed at 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.6C) for 60 minutes.

mashing in

Mashing in

stirring mash

Stirring the mash - do this to break up any clumps

We heated the reserved two gallons of water to 170 degrees Fahrenheit (76.7C) and used that to sparge over the grains. 

sparging water

sparging through the spent grain

Sparging through the spent grain at the end of the mash


We used the following hops at the amounts and times listed.

  • Nugget:  0.8 oz (22.68g) at 60 minutes
  • Citra:      0.8 oz (22.68g) at 30 minutes
  • Citra:      0.8 oz (22.68g) at 15 minutes
  • Whirlfloc Tablet at 15 minutes
  • Citra:      0.8 oz (22.68g) at 10 minutes
  • Citra:      0.8 oz (22.68g) at 05 minutes

adding 30 minute hop addition

Our 30-minute hop addition, all the others looked about the same

Yeast and Fermentation

This beer came to life with White Labs WLP051 (California Ale Yeast). We fermented at 68F (20C) for 7 days and then let the beer come up to room temp (70F / 21.1C) and then sit for another 3 days. 

Dry Hops

We used 2 ounces (56.7g) of Amarillo hops for the dry hop addition. (feel free to use Citra)

amarillo dry hops 

We added the two ounces (56.7g) of Amarillo hops to a mesh bag and then added the hop bag directly to the keg. We used a mesh bag to make removing the hops easy. We added the hops Friday afternoon and removed them the following Monday afternoon.


This is an IPA with complex malt flavors that are well matched by tropical and fruity aromas and flavors from the additions of Citra and Amarillo hops. Once this beer was fully carbonated it had great head retention and clarity.

drinking the finished beer

Emmet said it's, "Not boozy, definitely balanced, and definitely has a good amount of bitterness to handle the alcohol content in it."

Is This Really A Double IPA?

We were expecting this to finish at 1.012 but it ended up finishing at 1.014. Had this beer finished at the expected 1.012 it would have been a true double IPA. This IPA finished at 7.35% instead of the expected 7.61%. In order to brew this as a true double IPA you could increase the starting gravity above 1.070 or try and get fermentation to finish below 1.014. At the end of the day the beer tasted great and I still called it a double IPA.

Original Gravity: 1.070

Final Gravity: 1.014

ABV: 7.35%


BJCP 22A. Double IPA Vital Statistics

OG: 1.065 - 1.085

FG: 1.008 - 1.018

ABV: 7.5% - 10%


Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn't brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.

  • Any Acid Addition?
    Is there a PH target?
    I am struggling with brewing software and acid additions

    Posted by Roger Weber on December 30, 2022
  • Hi,

    Would you see any benefits to do a second fermentation in carboy for this beer?

    Thanks for the recipe!

    Posted by Justin on December 27, 2022
  • as to a 10 or 5 gallon batch – they’re using a 10.5 gallon kettle so it must be a 5 gallon batch.

    Posted by Jim on November 13, 2021
  • Hi there, How many sachets of yeast did you use?

    Posted by Dillin on February 24, 2021
  • what size mash tun are you using? I have a 15 gallon HLT and BK electric system but only 10 gallon mash tun. ( big orange cooler with false bottom and recirculation through a herms in the HLT). I have issues with more that 15 pounds of grain.
    I will be brewing this for the cool weather this winter.

    Posted by Joel on December 29, 2020
  • To answer previous questions, starting with 8.5 gallons of water, Grains and hops soak up wort and boiling for 60 minutes loses water…obviously about 5 gallon brew

    Posted by robBIE B on November 25, 2020
  • (Sorry about the caps.) The form seems to be doing that. If they only started with 8 gallons and didn’t add any water to replace the amount lost in boiling then they probably didn’t start with more than 6-7 gallons. Also the Amount of grain would not have yielded enough sugar to hit that OG if they ended the boil with 10 gallons. With the losses from yeast volume after fermentation they probably ended with around 5 gal finished product.

    Posted by d.winsemius on December 02, 2020
  • Thanks for this peek in how your 10.5 gallon system can brew some larger grain bills. This is what I have been doing on my 11 gallon kettle system. Possible Boil overs do require a watchful eye. I am afraid of the 20 gallon kettle for it will obviously be more bulky to clean, while as a home brewer I am dedicated to 5 gallon batches and probably should not be overly concerned about filling kegs to capacity. why the market can not pivot on the practical needs of home brewers, is a mystery to me, for usually money talks. I would prefer a kettle just a bit larger than 10 gallons. Most of my reading has been that B.I.A.B. 5 gallon batches should be accomplished on a 15 gallon kettle system, why not a 13 gallon kettle? How many people would trade up and buy another kettle?

    Posted by Roger Weber on November 25, 2020
  • same ? As guy above was this a 5 or 10 gallon recipe?

    Posted by Chris Girardi on May 11, 2020
  • Great recipe, did this make 10 gallons or 5 of finished product?

    Posted by GAvin on January 29, 2020

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