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Single hop beers are all the rage nowadays, and the kegerator at Clawhammer's HQ has been running low lately. With Summer just around the corner, we need a tasty summertime beer that we can start drinking immediately. That's why we brewed a Session IPA with Lemondrop hops using Clawhammer's 10.5 gallon Electric Brewing System. It's our first crack at making a single hop beer using this variety. Will it be good? Read on or watch the video to find out.
Session IPA Style Guidelines
- Golden or copper color
- OG - 1.038 - 1.052
- Low ABV - 3% - 4% - Beers exceeding 5% ABV are not considered Session IPAs
- Medium Bitterness - 40 - 55 IBUs
Single Hop Lemon Drop - Homebrew Recipe Video
Here's the video, in case you aren't the readin' type. However, if you're interested in brewing this beer, scroll down for full recipe details.
Beginning water volume: 7.04 gallons, with chemistry adjusted to produce the following profile:
- Calcium: 100ppm
- Chloride: 136ppm
- Sulfates: 75ppm
- Sodium: 14ppm
- Magnesium: 6ppm
- Bicarbonates: 25ppm
Note: we also added half a campden tablet at the start of the brew day.
- Pilsner (2 row) Ger (2.0 SRM) - 6lbs. (70.6%)
- Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM) - 1lbs. (11.8%)
- Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) - 1lbs. 8oz. (17.6%)
We mashed at 152F for 60 minutes then did a mashout for 10 minutes at 170F.
We added our Lemondrop hops after our 60 minute boil. We cooled the wort down to 165F and did a whirlpool addition using 4 oz. of hops.
This is our first time using Lemondrop hops and we're hoping it gives our beer a nice citrus, lemon flavor. Although, others who have used this hop tell us the lemon flavor it yields is fairly subtle.
We used Imperial A24 Dry Hop Yeast at the end of the brew day. This yeast will make our final hop aroma excellent. We fermented for 13 days at 68F.
We dry hopped this beer with 2 oz of Lemondrop hops for 3 days
- Post boil volume - 6.04 gallons
- Post-boil gravity - Actual: 1.034
- Volume into the fermenter - 6.04 gallons
- Final Gravity 1.010
- Final keg volume: 5.0 gallons
- ABV - 4.20%
This one finished with a nice golden color and a little bit of haze. When we tasted it, we could immediately tell why they're called Lemondrop hops. There were a lot of lemon and citrus notes we could smell and taste and no perceivable off flavors, making it a really refreshing and light beer. With an ABV of 4.20%, this should be your go to summertime beer to brew.