Monday, March 14, 2011

Duchess - IPA

This India Pale Ale is definately not your traditioanly American version. It was designed to have distinct american hop aroma with a gentle bitterness that is present but not overwhelming. This a very pleasant and delicate beer with a deep orange color and sweet floral aroma. It's also "untraditional" in the fact that it calls for a whopping 38% of vienna malt in the grain bill. This supplies the deep orange color and the sweet malty aroma.

Appearance- Deep burnt orange with a two finger off-white head. Hazy and unfiltered.
Aroma - A subtle balance of sweet/floral/citrus.
Taste - Up-front, smooth, resiny bitterness quickly followed by a mild caramel sweetness.
Mouthfeel - A little thicker than your normal IPA. Lacks the traditional crispness.

BeerSmith Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Duchess
Brewer: Christopher Vaught
Asst Brewer: Andrew Campbell
Style: American IPA
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (50.0) Pleasant aroma of slight floral and citrus. Up front bitterness but very delicate. Mild maltiness. All around good IPA. On the soft side of the IPA spectrum.

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 5.00 gal    
Boil Size: 6.19 gal
Estimated OG: 1.071 SG
Estimated Color: 12.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 46.1 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU    
6 lbs         Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)          Grain        46.15 %    
5 lbs         Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)                     Grain        38.46 %    
2 lbs         Carastan (35.0 SRM)                       Grain        15.38 %    
0.50 oz       Pearle [7.00 %]  (60 min)                 Hops         11.1 IBU    
1.00 oz       Saaz [5.50 %]  (60 min)                   Hops         17.5 IBU    
1.00 oz       Cascade [5.40 %]  (30 min)                Hops         13.2 IBU    
1.25 oz       Cascade [5.40 %]  (5 min)                 Hops         4.3 IBU    
1 Pkgs        Safale American  (DCL Yeast #US-05)       Yeast-Ale                

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 13.00 lb
Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time     Name               Description                         Step Temp  
60 min        Mash In            Add 13.00 qt of water at 168.9 F    154.0 F    

Mash has been calculated at 1:1 grist to water ratio for a maltier wort that will compensate for a high hop rate thus giving more balance.

Sparge volume is a little conservative for our system. A minimum of 4.51gal for sparge volume has been calculated for our system.

Bitttering hops for a delicate and clean bitterness.

Flavor and aroma hops have been selected for their floral and citrusy characteristics.

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  1. This is actually a beer I find to be quite beast. I wish I had money for beer lol