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Recipe – Amarillo-Nelson Sauvin IPA

05/03/2014

I have mixed feelings regarding Nelson Sauvin hops. On the other hand it’s wonderfully pungent and the berry-grape aromas are fairly unique. Still, when I drink a beer with only Nelson hops I seem to enjoy it at first and then my palate is a bit overwhelmed towards the end. I wanted to try to pair it with another hop than Citra and this time decided to go with Amarillo which has a fruity Orange-Citrus flavour that I think would be a nice counterpoint to Nelson Sauvins character. As usual when trying a combination for the first time I’m going with even proportions of hops, this might change when I get more experience with the hops I’m using. The malt bill is similar to the Citra-Simcoe IPA which I think worked nicely giving just a bit of maltiness without getting in the way of the hops. For yeast I’m using Safale S-05 but I’m raising the mash temperature slightly so that it doesn’t dry out too much.

This beer was brewed a while ago and is now dry hopping in the keg. I’m also naturally carbonating it at the same time. I can’t find a definite answer if this is a recommended method, some sources say it might not be good for the hop character while some state that it would actually diminish oxidation as the yeast uses some of the oxygen that the dry hops bring to the beer. One positive side to naturally carbonating at the same time that I can think of is that this way I can drink the beer more fresh instead of waiting for a week after dry hopping while it force carbonates under pressure. I’ll see how it works out and write about it in the tasting.

Recipe
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Target Batch Size (Litres/Gallons): 17.00 / 4,49
Total Grain (Kg/Pounds):  3,9 / 8,6
Anticipated OG: 1,055
Anticipated SRM: 7,7
Anticipated IBU: 68,9
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Fermentables
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85,0%       –  3,3 kg / 7,27 lbs Pale Ale malt
10,0%        – 0,4 kg / 0,88 lbs Munich malt
5,0%          – 0,2 kg / 0,44 lbs Wheat malt

Hops
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35g / 1,23 oz. Columbus @ 60 minutes for 68,9 IBU

60g / 2,11 oz. Amarillo @ Hop-stand
60g / 2,11 oz.  Nelson Sauvin @ Hop-stand

60g / 2,11 oz. Amarillo Dry Hops For 7 Days
60g / 2,11 oz.  Nelson Sauvin Dry Hops For 7 Days

30g / 1,05 oz. Amarillo Serving Hops in the keg
30g / 1,05 oz.  Nelson Sauvin Serving Hops in the keg

Extras
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½ Tablet of Whirlfloc @ 10 Min.
½ Teaspoon of yeast nutrient @ 10 Min.
1 quarter Teaspoon Calcium Chloride in the mash
8g / 0,28oz. of Gypsum in the mash

Yeast
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Safale S-05 dry yeast

Mash
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22 Litre BIAB @ 65 Celsius for 75 mins (5,8Gal/149F)

Took same time in the keg but turned out fine.

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