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Brew Journal: Imperial IPA #001

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Yup, my last (distant) post promised a travelogue of sorts.  Didn’t really work out eh?  Maybe I’ll get around to it one of these days…  but for now, there are more important things to discuss.  Like beer.  I knew there was a great beer scene in the Pacific Northwest, but wow, I really wasn’t prepared.  Many restaurants in Vancouver offer some sort of local beer on-tap, if not a few.  Then there are places like the Alibi Room or St. Augustine’s – bars with immense selections of craft beer, the latter of which is still on my to-do list.  I’d be remiss not to mention stores like Brewery Creek and Darby’s that offer access to countless local beers and many more up-and-down the west coast.

Of all the great beers, there are numerous IPAs and Double/Imperial IPAs.  Convenient, because I’m a bit infatuated with those styles at the moment.  It was just prior to moving out west that I developed an addiction to Black Oak’s Ten Bitter Years.  Ontario isn’t well known for craft beer, especially Imperial IPAs, but you could easily mistake this one as a west coast creation.  It’s right up there beside Central City’s Red Racer IPA as one of Canada’s best IPAs (IMO).

It felt appropriate that my first homebrew should pay hommage to the style.  To be fair, my first homebrew is a collaborative effort with Andrew on a Brew House Winter Ale kit – which is bottled and nearly ready to drink!  But this batch is all mine.  I’m on a quest.  I’m going to try and clone Ten Bitter Years.  I’ve long wanted to make my own beer, but it’s always been on the back-burner.  No longer!  It might take a while to get the recipe right, but I can handle it 🙂  So I stopped by Dan’s Homebrewing Supplies and picked up a starter kit and ingredients for an Imperial IPA.  Drove around the corner, picked up a cheap 15L stock pot – ready to go.  For my first attempt, I went with the extract/grain Imperial IPA recipe that Dan provided:

I brewed on November 6th, 2010. Oddly, the original gravity measured at 1.040 – it should be ~1.075. It’s possible I screwed something up along the way, but I haven’t a clue. The plan is/was to leave everything in the primary fermenter for 2 weeks – ie. today. But I’m feeling a bit under the weather, so it’ll need to wait a few more days. Then I’ll rack it to the glass carboy with the centennial pellets for dry hopping. Planning on leaving it for a week, then I’ll bottle and let it condition. Sometime between December 4th and 11th, I should hopefully have a drinkable IPA – even if it’s not quite an Imperial.

We’ll see how it goes.

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November 21, 2010 at 6:09 am

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