This recipe came about as a desire to create a nice “session” IPA for the new keg tap set up Nancy and Sarah got for me for my birthday. At 5.2% ABV this is a little more than a traditional session beer, but it will do. The target OG of about 1052 based on a mash of about 9 lbs.
- 7 lbs. Crisp Pale Ale
- 1 lb Light Crystal Malt
- 1 lb light wheat (for body, for creaminess)
A low-temperature mash of 149° or so used to create a thin mash using 1.2 quarts per pound of grain (10.8 qts = 2.7 gallons) for 75 minutes maximum to ensure a light color.
Sparged with 13.7 quarts (3.425 gallons) of water.
Boil was 60 minute boil exactly to avoid darkening the beer. 1 oz. of Galaxy hops were added at the beginning of the boil and
1 oz. of Citra hops were added in the last 10 minutes.
I used the SO-5 dry yeast for a more neutral yeast profile and I dry hopped with 1 oz. whole leaf of my own Chinook hops from the garden in the secondary.