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Wookey Jack Clone Attempt

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Wookey Jack Clone Attempt I’ve never had Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack, but I’ve wanted to brew a Black IPA for quite some time.  I also have a fondness for Rye IPAs, so I started looking for a good example to work from.  Reviews on Beer Advocate quickly lead me to Wookey Jack, with a rating of 94 across 1000+ reviews.  Being such a popular beer, it was easy to find a recipe on Home Brew Talk.  I had to make a few changes, given lack of access to ingredients – e.g. Cara Rye, Carafa III, and Midnight Wheat.  Also, not having Magnum handy, I substituted Apollo.

Appearance – Body is black, pretty much opaque.  Pours with an inch of tan head, which diminishes quickly to a solid layer of bubbles.  Slight lacing as I finished the pint.

Aroma – Smells like lightly roasted malts.  Can pickup hints of spice alongside mango and light grapefruit.  Hop aroma has quickly dissipated in the 4 weeks it’s been in the keg.

Taste – Starts with spice, roasted malts and slight sweetness.  Hop fruitiness in the middle, fading into a bitterness that finishes sweet.  After taste is roasty and sweet.  Alcohol is well-hidden.

Mouthfeel – Although it feels thin, it has a certain thickness that’s particularly noticeable as you swallow.  Carbonation could be slightly higher, might improve the mouthfeel.

Drinkability/Notes – I have no idea if it’s anything like Wookey Jack, but I doubt it.  Nonetheless, it’s a good beer.  But it’s not great.  In future batches, I’ll dial back the rye and maybe drop the Carafa II in lieu of a bit more Blackprinz.  Although I’ve enjoyed having it on tap, I’m happy to be near the end of the keg.  A half pint is enjoyable, but a full pint can be a bit much.

Wookey Jack Clone Recipe

Specifics
Wort Volume Before Boil: 7.00 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 6.10 US gals
Volume Transferred: 6.00 US gals
Volume At Pitching: 6.00 US gals
Final Batch Volume: 5.00 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.055 SG
Actual Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.057 SG
Expected OG: 1.063 SG
Actual OG: 1.072 SG
Expected FG: 1.016 SG
Actual FG: 1.020 SG
Expected Efficiency: 60.0%
Actual Efficiency: 62.0%
Expected ABV: 6.3 %
Actual ABV: 6.7 %
Expected IBU: 75
Expected Color: 33.8 SRM
Boil Duration: 60.0 mins

Fermentables
UK Maris Otter Malt 14.50 lb – 81.7%
UK Rye – 2.00 lb – 11.3%
Carafa II Special – 0.50 lb – 2.8%
Briess Blackprinz – 0.5 lb – 2.8%
Chocolate Rye – 0.25 lb – 1.4%

Hops
Apollo (18% alpha) 14 g – First wort hopped
Amarillo (10.4% alpha) 57 g – 15 mins
Citra (13.4% alpha) 28 g – 15 mins
Amarillo (10.4% alpha) 57 g – 0 mins
Citra (13.4% alpha) 28 g – 0 mins
Amarillo (10.4% alpha) 57 g – Dry hopped
Citra (13.4% alpha) 57 g – Dry hopped

Other Ingredients
Yeast: Wyeast 1450 Denny’s Favorite 50
Mashed at 152F

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Written by jlongland

February 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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