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May 8, 2018

Home Brewing: Double IPA Recipe

Double IPA

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 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


  • Pale Malt (2 row) - 14.3lbs.
  • Cara-Pils - 10.2oz.
  • Caramel / Crystal Malt 10.2oz.


We mashed at 150 Fahrenheit for 60 minutes

Boil & Boil Additions, Etc.

We heated to boil temp and boiled for 90 minutes. Here's the hop addition schedule

  • 90 minutes - 3.5 oz. Comet
  • 45 minutes - 0.75 oz. Amarillo
  • 30 minutes - 1.0 oz. Chinook
  • 15 minutes - Whirlfloc Tablet
  • 0 minutes (Flameout) - 2.5 oz Amarillo, 1.0 oz. Chinook
  • 0 minutes - 12 oz. Dextrose (we forgot this in the video)


At the end of the hop-stand we cooled the wort to 67 Fahrenheit and two packages of US-05 dry yeast (though we probably only needed to add one).

Dry Hops

On day 5 of fermentation we added the following:

  • 2.0 oz of Amarillo hops
  • 1.0 oz. of Comet hops

Kegging / Bottling

On day 10 we racked the beer into a keg and put it in the kegerator! 

Tasting Notes

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.


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