It is May, which among other things, means it is time for the second installment of the Homebrew Academy Group Brew.
If you’re new to the Group Brews, it is where we pick a beer style for the month and any homebrewer who wants to participate brews their own variation.
You post your recipe in the comments of the post, brew by the specified date, then return to the post and comment on how the beer turned out.
Last month we brewed our takes on the American Wheat beer and this month we are taking you across the pond with the English India Pale Ale.
Here is the base recipe that you can use as a guide:
Mash Efficiency: 70%
Batch Size: 5 Gals
Malt and Fermentables
- 11 lb. – Maris Otter Pale Malt
- 0.5 lb – British Medium Crystal 50-60L
Extract brewers substitute 8 lb. British Pale Extract for the Maris Otter
- 2 oz. UK Challenger (7.5% AA) – FWH
- 1 oz. East Kent Goldings (5% AA) – 20 minutes
- 1 oz. East Kent Goldings (5% AA) – 5 minutes
- 1 oz. UK Challenger (7.5% AA) – Dry Hop
- Wyeast British Ale (1098)
Here is the Beer Advocate’s description of the English India Pale Ale:
“First brewed in England and exported for the British troops in India during the late 1700s. To withstand the voyage, IPA’s were basically tweaked Pale Ales that were, in comparison, much more malty, boasted a higher alcohol content and were well-hopped, as hops are a natural preservative. Historians believe that an IPA was then watered down for the troops, while officers and the elite would savor the beer at full strength. The English IPA has a lower alcohol due to taxation over the decades. The leaner the brew the less amount of malt there is and less need for a strong hop presence which would easily put the brew out of balance. Some brewers have tried to recreate the original IPA with strengths close to 8-9% abv.”
Some commercial examples:
- Samuel Smith’s India Ale
- Goose Island India Pale Ale
- Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale
As with last month’s beer, you can modify the original recipe as much or as little as you like.
- Post recipe and brew by 5/23/2011
- Tasting post on 6/29/2011
Let’s see those recipes!