Sunday, October 07, 2007

SDPA: Cask-Conditioned IPA, take 2

As usual, plenty of beer related things have happened since the last post, but I didn't write anything down. The long and short is that the Cask Conditioned IPA I did back July was hooked up to my Angram in August and it was perfect. Right Hop flavor and aroma, right mouth-feel coming out of the hand-pump. Exactly right. Tastes like those tasty San Diego casks at the Liar's club. Now, using only 7 lb. of DME, it's not quite DIPA strengh, but it certainly is fashioned after the San Diego DIPA, or as it ought to be called, SDPA. Maybe it's a light SDPA.

Anyway, that keg is nearing at the bottom and so i'm way overdue to start a replacement, since i want a proper conditioning period. So what I brew today won't be ready for a month. Regardless, I'm doing another batch with the only change is swapping out the Amber DME with more Light DME and moving it to the late addition stage at 15 minutes. This should give me an even lighter color, as is characteristic of SDPAs.

Steep (45min @ 160F)

  • 0.5# Victory
  • 1.0# Cara Pils
  • 0.5# 10L Crystal

Boil @ 60 minutes

  • 3# Light DME
  • 1 oz. Columbus Pellets
  • 1 oz. Centennial Pellets
  • 0.5 oz. Cascade Pellets

Boil @ 15 minutes

  • 4# Light DME
  • 1 oz. Columbus Pellets
  • 0.5 oz. Cacade Pellets

Boil @ 0 minutes

  • 1 oz. Centennial Pellets
  • 1 oz. Cascade Pellets


  • White Labs California Ale Yeast (repitched from last IPA's wort)

This will ferment for a week and then get racked to secondary w/ dry hopping.

Dry Hop

  • 1.5 oz. Cascade Flowers
  • 1 oz. Simcoe Plugs

After another two weeks, I'll rack it to the keg with another 0.5 oz. of Cascade and 1 oz. of Simcoe and sugar for cask conditioning.

I'll need to kick in another batch next weekend that I can get on tap in 2 weeks. I have a Steam beer kit still waiting for me to brew it, and after tasting the San Diego Brewer's Association serious overhopped Steam beer at Home Brew Mart yesterday, I'll probably augment that kit with various hops.

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