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If you're the type of person who likes hoppy beer and also takes a "go big or go home" approach to drinking, this beer is for you. It's a high ABV, insanely hoppy, fairly bitter, double IPA. It's really big and it (was) extremely delicious. We've never had a beer get drained from our kegerator faster than this one!What's a double IPA, you ask? Here are the requirements for this style, according to the book IPA Brewing Techniques, by Mitch Steele:
- Original Gravity: 1.075 to 1.10
- Final Gravity: 1.012 to 1.020
- ABV: 7.5%-10.5%
- IBUs: 65-100
Double IPA Brew Day Video
A couple of notes. First, we forgot to add 12 ounces (340.2 grams) of dextrose at the end of our boil, which ended up lowering the ABV quite significantly. If you want yours to be a double, don't forget this! Also, full recipe details are below, which INCLUDE the turbinado addition. However, our benchmarks (original gravity, etc.) won't match yours if you follow the recipe on this page.
Double IPA Recipe
- Beginning water volume: 8.69 gallons (33 liters)
- Pale Malt (2 row) - 14.3lbs. (6.5kg)
- Cara-Pils - 10.2oz. (289.2g)
- Caramel / Crystal Malt 10.2oz. (289.2g)
We mashed at 150 Fahrenheit (65.6C) for 60 minutes
We use a spray valve to recirculate during the mash - it's included with all of our brewing systems (except our starter system)
Pulling grains at the end of our mash
Boil & Boil Additions, Etc.
We heated to boiling temp and boiled for 90 minutes. Here's the hop addition schedule
- 90 minutes - 3.5 oz. (99.2g) Comet
- 45 minutes - 0.75 oz. (21.3g) Amarillo
- 30 minutes - 1.0 oz. (28.3g) Chinook
- 15 minutes - Whirlfloc Tablet
- 0 minutes (Flameout) - 2.5 oz (70.9g) Amarillo, 1.0 oz. (28.3g) Chinook
- 0 minutes - 12 oz. (340.2g) Dextrose (we forgot this in the video)
Because this recipe calls for so many hops, we had to use a mesh bag. We recommend you just use an extra hop basket.
At the end of the hop-stand we cooled the wort to 67 Fahrenheit (19.4C) and added two packages of US-05 dry yeast (though we probably only needed to add one).
We always aerate our wort by shaking before adding yeast. Doing this will incorporate more oxygen which will allow the yeast to have a more vigorous fermentation.
On day 5 of fermentation we added the following:
- 2.0 oz (56.7g) of Amarillo hops
- 1.0 oz. (28.3g) of Comet hops
Kegging / Bottling
On day 10 we racked the beer into a keg and put it in the kegerator!
This beer ended up being overwhelmingly bitter without the additional sweetness, alcohol to balance it (because we forgot the dextrose). Though, this wan't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it ended up being a really awesome, middle of the road ABV, beer. We highly recommend this recipe. If you want a true double, don't forget the dextrose. If huge beers aren't your thing, leave the dextrose out and it'll still be great.