IPA

Everyday IPA (Brooklyn Brew Shop): My First Homebrew

Finally brewing my first all grain beer!

I bought my supplies from my local homebrew stores – Victors Grape Arbor and Southwest Grape and Grain and ordered my first all grain kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop. The kit came with all the grains mixed and ground, a packet of dry yeast, a packet of columbus hops and a packet of cascade hops. If you are interested in the recipe – or more small batch recipes, check out the book they sell.

kit

Everyday IPA Kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop

The hops had an amazing citrus aroma. I divided the cascade hops in to five batches that were added every 10-15 minutes.

hops

Pellet Hops

To start, I followed the instructions on the website. Heated 2 quarts of water to 160 and mashed at about 145. It seemed a bit thick. I think next time I will mash at 1.5 quarts of water per pound of grain (I think this was 1:1).

mashing

Checking the mash temperature.

After the hour, I poured the wort through a strainer and sparged with 4 quarts of 170 water.

sparging

Sparging. Using a strainer.

All the columbus hops hops went in at boil – and the aroma was carried away with the steam. The cascade went in at 5, 15, 30, 45 and 0. It looked and smelled like beer!

wort

My sweet, sweet wort!

I had a 10lb bag of ice in the sink to cool the wort. Took about 15 minutes to get it just under 70. I pitched the yeast and since my boil off was more than I expected, I didn’t use a blow off tube but just used the three piece airlock.

fermenting

Fermenting the first gallon.

Fermentation took off that night – only a few hours later. It has been in my closet for 2 weeks and I am bottling this weekend.

I will do a few things different – even if it comes out good.

  1. Use more water to grain in the mash.
  2. Rehydrate the yeast – not a starter but in warm water like I do with bread baking.
  3. Maintain a lower and more even fermentation temperature.

Right now, I am assuming my mashing is fairly inefficient and I am not taking OG readings or PH. I am just practicing making beer – getting the techniques down and my workflow. As I progress, I will start worrying about hitting a target gravity and the PH of my water. For now, lets just have fun and brew!

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