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Nov162012

2011 Wet Hopped Simcoe Harvest Ale

This over-the-top double IPA was the initial inspiration for the Hopsplosion DIPA in Episode 71: Hop Madness 2012.

2011 Wet Hopped Simcoe Harvest Ale

For approx 5 gallon batch

Target OG: 1.077, target FG 1.014, ~8.2%ABV

Approx 13.5 SRM (copper/blood-red), 95 IBUs

Grain Bill (70% efficiency, Milwaukee water with 1 tsp Gypsum in boil)

  • 12 lbs Rahr 2-row
  • 2.5 lbs Torrified Wheat
  • 1/2 lb UK Medium Crystal
  • 1/2 lb Baird's Carastan Malt
  • 2 oz Weyermann Carafa III Special

Other Fermentables

  • 1/2 lb Corn Sugar (60)

Mash grains at 149*F for 90 minutes.

Hops

 

  • 1 oz 12.2% pellet Simcoe FWH
  • 2 oz 12.2% pellet  Simcoe 10 min.
  • 2 oz 10% pellet Centennial 10 min.
  • 2 lbs Wet Simcoe (Hopback) - Steep 30 minutes

 

Yeast

 

  • Wyeast 1028 London Ale (3 packs or a 1.5L starter)

 

Tasting notes: the wet hops added a really rich black tea flavor and aroma, especially when combined with the molasses/treacle notes from the crystal malts and the Carafa. Sticks and branches and the forest floor come to the forefront as it warms. Sticky and dense, but delightfully drinkable.