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1 Hour IPA Kit – All Grain and Extract

Looking through Great Fermentations Recipe Kit Offerings last week, I was happy to see their continuously hopped “1 Hour IPA” as I am a huge fan of Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA.  The recipe features Simpsons Crystal Malt, Carapils, Crisp Amber Malt and Warrior, Amarillo and Simcoe Hops.  It’s available in both all grain and extract versions.  I placed an order via GF’s Flat Rate Shipping last Friday and it was at my door on Saturday.  It’s on the schedule to be brewed this coming weekend.

Check it out – All Grain and Extract

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Patagonia Malts – with Patagonia IPA Recipe from NHC

One of the homebrews that stood out to me while attending the recent National Homebrewer’s Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan was an IPA that was served by Brewer’s Supply Group (BSG) at their booth at the Conference.  It was… delicious.  Roasty, great hop character and easy to drink.  I swung by for two samples and shortly returned… for a third and it was gone.  After the conference, I got a hold of BSG to ask about the beer.  I learned that it was formulated and brewed by Juno Choi.  Juno kindly shared the recipe with me and I’d like to share it with you.  Thank you Juno!

The recipe features 100% Patagonia Malts from Chile.  Those were new to me and I think relatively new to the homebrew market here in the US, because… I had a very difficult time sourcing the grain for this recipe.  After looking around a bit, I contacted Bryan at Great Fermentations.  They already carried Patagonia, just not not all three varieties that this recipe calls for.  Bryan kindly sourced the remaining grains and has stocked them at Great Fermentations.  Thank you so much Bryan!  My order is… on the way.  I’m also going to try GF’s “1 Hour IPA” Kit.  

On to the recipe…

All Grain:


10.8 lbs Patagonia Extra Pale Malt
.6 lb Patagonia Caramel 90L
.6 lb Patagonia Caramel 190L


60 Minutes – 2 OZ Motueka
10 Minutes – 2 OZ Pacifica
1 Minute – 2 OZ Nelson Sauvin

Mash for 60 Minutes at 152 deg F

Ferment with Safale US-05 at 68 deg F

About The Beer, Estimates:

OG: 1.061 at 70% Efficiency
FG: 1.017
ABV: 5.76%
IBU 73.31
SRM 17.78


The all grain recipe features Patagonia Malts from beginning to end.  Extract Patagonia Extra Pale Malt doesn’t exist.  You could still get the same idea by substituting 8 lbs of Liquid Malt Extract for the Extra Pale and steep the caramel malts.  That gets you the same gravity and pretty well everything else, although the SRM does go up to 18.74.  Again, not the exact same beer, but you will get a lot of the great roasty flavors from the Patagonia Caramel Malts and all of the hop character.

Brewing More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale

Brewing More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale Kit

This recipe is built on Rahr Two Row along with some White Wheat, Carapils and a lower lovibond Crystal.  The bittering addition is Magnum followed by Citra, Citra and more Citra.

My Top Find Thermapen (review) checking the grain bill temperature prior to mashing in.

Grain and strike water combined in my mash tun

Mash thoroughly stirred using my 24″ Stainless Whisk (review).

First and second running combined and heating up.

Hey, the thermometer on my 10 Gallon Blichmann BoilerMaker says I should be boiling.

For drama: about to boil-over.  Notice the 24″ Brewer’s Whisk watching all of this.  Will the injustice of a boil-over happen while this whisk idly sits by?

Bam… boil-over averted

I came out with a Brix reading of 15.7 on my Atago PAL-1.  That translates to an OG of 1062.8.  I was a little high as the recipe calls for 1.055.  Something I just learned:  I’m told that stated efficiencies of More Beer’s kits are based on grain milled by their shop mill.  They mill a little on the course side and that effects efficiency.  The upside of that you’re less less likely to get a stuck sparge, and less likely to pull tannins.  They also make up for this efficiency loss by including more grain when needed.  Since, I mill my own grain, I got a slightly higher efficiency.  Not a big deal in my book and not an issue at all if you’re getting pre-milled grain.  Next time, maybe I’ll leave out some of the base grain to hit it right on, or… maybe not. :)

 I had an odd thing happen with the site glass on my Boilermaker… it plugged up.  That hasn’t happened before or since.  Fortunately I was able to get a volume reading based on the condensation line on the side of the kettle.

In the fermenter

 This settled in at 69 deg F.  I chilled it another degree in my fermentation deep freeze and pitched US-05.


 Straight out of the fermenter

The finished beer in a Spiegelau IPA Glass!

Of Citra, Hop Union Says: “Strong citrus and tropical tones of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee”

I’ve brewed one other Citra Beer.  That recipe was of my own creation.  I had just gotten a pound of Citra and wanted to try it.  That recipe used copious amounts of this hop and it was too much.  Coming away from that beer, I thought, what’s the big deal about Citra, it kind of doesn’t taste great.  More Beer’s Citra kit placed me on the other side of the fence.  With the exception of the bittering addition, this beer is all about Citra down to the dry hopping and it comes off really balanced, tasty and very drinkable.  This was one of those beers that kicked fast… really fast.

This beer is getting all 5 star reviews on More Beer and I can see why.  It’s a great beer.

More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale is Available in Both Extract and All Grain versions.  

Check it out Here

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    Back in Stock: Zythos IPA Recipe Kits – All Versions

    This kit has been out of stock.  As of this posting… all versions are back in stock.

    I brewed the extract version of this kit as part of Brewing Your First Extract Beer post.  It’s a great beer!

    Here’s what this looked like right after the final, very late Zythos hop addition…

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    Brewing More Beer’s Pliny the Elder Kit!

    For the fifth year in a row Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder has topped Zymurgy Magazine’s Best Beers in America List.

    More Beer has has kits (All Grain - Extract) for Pliny. The recipes for these kits came to More Beer directly from Vinnie Cilurzo, owner and brewer at Russian River Brewing Company.

    It’s worth noting, that generally speaking, More Beer has a difficult time keeping this kit in stock.  If it’s available and you’re wanting to brew it… I’d suggest picking it up while it’s around.

    I brewed the All Grain version of this beer.

    Recipe Contents

    Crushing the grain with my Barley Crusher Mill

    Crushed Grain

    Starting to warm up strike water in my Blichmann Boilermaker

    This beer contains a lot of hops

    Taking the grain temperature using my Top Find - CDN DTQ450X Thermometer - Review

    This recipe gets whole Cascade hop cones right in the mash.  That’s a first for me.

    This was my first full scale brew in the bag batch.  I’ve brewed a lot of smaller batches BIAB and I love it.  I used More Beer’s 29 x 29 drawstring bag, which fits great in my 10 gallon Blichmann BoilerMaker kettle.  All the math worked out, but I was a little on the nervous side seeing just how little space I had left over prior to adding grain.

    For Fun: Making a whirlpool just because I can, with my Top Find - Brewer’s Whisk - Review

    Grist bill just in the kettle.  It fit!

    Grain nicely incorporated with my brewer’s whisk

    Whole Cascade Hop Cones in the mash.  I love this picture.

    Front view of Boilermaker, Bag and Mash

    Hops incorporated into mash

    The mash settled in at 154

    Drinking a Summit Saga while time passes

    After an early hop addition

    After a later hop addition

    Wort chiller in to sanitize

    After the last hop addition

    Getting a whirlpool going

    Here it is fermenting away!  Yay… yeast win again!  I fermented this in More Beer’s 6 Gallon PET CarboyReview

    Fermentation activity is staring to slow

    Dry hops added.  Reiterating… this beer has a lot of hops.

    After cold crashing

    The finished product

    I’m not big on superlatives or favorites.  I will use both, but I hesitate.  I can’t definitively say that this is the best beer that has ever come out of my homebrewery.  I can’t remember them all.  This has to rate highly though, if it’s not at the top, I’d like to have more of the beers that have bested it.

    What I can definitively tell you is this… This beer turned out amazingly well.  Lots of hop flavor and aroma.  It is delicious.  I can highly recommend this beer.

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    Brewing Midwest Supplies Pike IPA Kit

    I’ve had the chance to visit Pike Brewery and had a chance to try their beers on more than once occasion.  I’m a fan.  I recently brewed Midwest Supplies Pike IPA Kit.  The lurid details follow.

    This kit is available in an all grain version and an extract with specialty grains version.  I brewed the all grain version.  It came with a bag of grains, priming sugar, hops, yeast and directions.

    Grain just sitting there in my barley crusher.  I don’t like the look on your faces so I will crush you!

    Crushed grain.  CDN DTQ405X is reading 57.2 degrees.

    Strike water coming up to temperature

    Time to mash

    What do I do while I’m waiting?  I roast some coffee of course.  Using my Behmor 1600 roaster.  
    Back to beer.  First runnings in the kettle.

    Site glass on my Blichmann BoilerMaker shows that I’m just barely shy of my 3 gallon target.

    Second runnings get me back on target at right about 6 gallons

    Hot break

    The Pike IPA kit uses Northern Brewer and US Goldings

    Ready to chill
    Coffee beans are done.

    A starter of Wyeast 1056 ready to be pitched.

    The finished beer.  Compare it to a glass of Pike IPA – Here – via  I think it looks spot on.

    Different glass, different lighting.  I think this is a beautiful looking beer.

    I really liked brewing this kit and I’m enjoying drinking it.  It’s got a nice hop backbone, a subtle caramel flavor and a spicy hop finish.

    Description from Midwest Supplies:

    This IPA by Pike Brewing is the quintessential example of a West Coast IPA. This beer will get ya in the 1.060 gravity range and put a pucker on yer lips. It is a full-bodied, malty beer with a complex hop flavor and an aroma that is floral, herbal, and spicy. Wow- American IPA at its best!

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    Brewing Harriet’s West Side Belgian IPA from Midwest Supplies

    I recently brewed Midwest’s West Side Belgian IPA kit.  Midwest has partnered with Minneapolis based Harriet Brewing to put this kit together.

    Description from Midwest Supplies:

    West Side Belgian-Style IPA
    Harriet’s West Side is an eclectic ale brewed to balance the brightest West Coast hops with a prolific Belgian yeast strain. It pours light copper with a vigorous white head. Subtle malt gives way to a fruity, citrusy, and slightly spicy aroma and flavor. Light bodied, effervescent, and seductively approachable.

    At Harriet Brewing we emphasize intention as the primary component in recipe development. It’s what makes good beer special. We take pride in using our knowledge of traditional beer styles, our open minds, and eclectic palates to brew both unique and traditional beer styles. Our goal with every recipe is authenticity… to develop a particular character that allows the beer to stand out and be remembered. It’s authenticity that we crave as beer drinkers; so, it’s authenticity that we strive for as brewers. We study beer, determine what we want, then manifest it! For most of us here, it’s not just in brewing; it’s a way of life.

     Specialty grains going in

     Just prior to adding the malt extract.  It had been a while since I had brewed an extract beer.  I had forgotten just how much color comes from steeped specialty grains.

    Scary hot break.  Need to stir instead of taking pictures!

     Ready to cool

    Tasty beer in a glass

    I chose the Wyeast yeast option which is  Wyeast Belgian Ardennes 3522.  That yeast works well in the 65 to 72 deg F temperature range.  I fermented in the middle of that range at 68.  I wanted to get some of Belgian spice and esters without going overboard.

    This is a tasty beer.  It has some of those Belgian yeast components along with a nice hop bitterness and west coast hop flavor.  I like the combination of those two types of flavors when the Belgian yeast component is not over the top.  Overall, I’m a fan of this beer and would certainly brew it again.

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