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Do you ever try or hear of a beer that is so intriguing you’re left wanting? The thought of brewing it yourself sounds so appealing the more you find out about that beer. There are times when this has happened to me and while it’s fun to get creative in building my own beer recipes, there are other times when it’s nice to give someone else’s ingenuity a try. And that is exactly what I did with this brew. After seeing the hops in this recipe, that alone will give you a good idea of why I felt this way when I was told of Arrakas Rye IPA by my good friend Jeremy at Misfits Brewing.
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Arrakas Rye IPA – “Rye-PA” Ale
Ingredients for 5.25 gallons (20L)
- 7 lbs 8 oz (3.4 kg) Pale Malt (2 Row) US
- 2 lbs 12 oz (1.25 g) Rye, Flaked
- 2 lbs (907 g) Victory Malt
- 1 lb 8 oz (680 g) Aromatic Malt
- 1 oz (28 g) Challenger Hops 60 min.
- **Optional 1 Whirlfloc Tablet 15 min.
- 1 oz (28 g) Cashmere Hops 10 min.
- 1 oz (28 oz) Simcoe Hops 10 min.
- 1 oz (28 oz) Chinook Hops Whirlpool
- 1 oz (28 oz) Simcoe Hops Dry Hop 5 Days
- 1 packet White Labs California Ale Yeast (WLP001)
- Original Gravity: 1.068
- Final Gravity: 1.015
- Extract Efficiency: 72%
- IBUs: 52.9
- ABV: 7.0%
Directions: Always grab yourself a beer to enjoy while brewing – it’s tradition! Then, mash in 4.5 gallons (17L) of water at 163.7 F (73 C) 60 min. Sparge: Batch sparge with 3 steps (Drain mash tun 3 times- 1.55gal (5.75L), then 1.55gal, then 1.55gal) of water at 168.0 F (75.5 C) – Sparge Water: 4.66 gal (17.6 L) total. Boil 90 minutes, add hops and the optional whirlfloc tablet at times shown in the recipe. Cool to pitching temp. of 65 F (18 C) and ferment at 65 F (18 C). Dry hop as indicated in recipe.
NOTE – when you brew any batch it is very important to adjust the volume of the runoff that will be in your boiling pot according to the amount of evaporation loss you usually see when brewing similar timed batches. For example, when I am brewing a 5 gallon batch of beer that calls for a 60 minute boil, I know that I will need about 6 gallons in my boiling pot before the boil begins because I usually lose about 1 gallon during that length of boil. You may lose 2 gallons while boiling for 60 minutes, so you would need to add more water to your mash in order to get 7 gallons of runoff and end up with about 5 gallons after boiling. If you don’t keep track of this, you might end up with less beer than anticipated, or you could end up with more beer that is watered down. Recipes give amounts that are recommended but in the end it all comes down to you and your specific circumstances on how it will turn out. If you don’t have as much experience to have a consistent brewing pattern that you can keep track of, just follow the instructions and don’t be afraid to ask questions, leave comments or submit a contact form, I am more than willing to help and there are so many people in the brewing community that will support you as well.
The first thing you’ll need to do to brew this is get all of the ingredients, this seems like an obvious starting point. What may not be obvious at first is that there is a specific hop in the recipe that is not readily available to most people, but you’ll find that out quickly enough when you begin to buy your ingredients. Cashmere hops can be tricky to find, in my case the local brew supply stores had never even heard of Cashmere and all the biggest online retailers either didn’t sell them or were sold out indefinitely, so I couldn’t put them on back order to be shipped to me when they came back in stock. If you are having trouble like this, there are solutions don’t be discouraged! You can substitute Cashmere with Nelson Sauvin hops, they are very similar. I have also been told you could substitute with Heull Blanc because they are similar to Nelson, this may be a bit of a stretch I’m not sure if I would call it a great substitute, but it may suffice if you can’t find anything else at all. There is the other option of searching online until you find someone who is selling Cashmere hops, which is what I did and I eventually came across a reputable retailer of hops on eBay. I decided to buy a pound since I spent so much energy being invested on the search for the exact hop the recipe called for, and was rewarded with a discount for the bulk amount ordered!
Next, the 3 step sparge seemed somewhat excessive at first – but behold, there is a reason behind it! It’s obvious to me that Misfits Brewing knows what they’re talking about when they give detailed instructions like that. This may not be the only reason, but it is a point that should be covered now that I am aware of it. The grains in this recipe will float and do not settle easily into a nice grain-bed for filtration while lautering, so it is necessary to use small amounts of water in increments to leach all the sugars from the grains and reach the volume of runoff needed while avoiding the issue of grains pulling through into your wort. If you skip these steps and do a one step sparge with the full 4.66 gallons of water needed, be warned that you will have issues getting your grain bed to set and you won’t save yourself any time by changing the process. I don’t see a big problem with doing this, if you don’t mind extra sediment in your wort because you may never be able to recirculate enough to clear the wort. At least you’ll go into it being aware of the reason behind the extra steps for your sparge.
I will be adding a video tomorrow (5/4/2017) to show you how epic this brew day was for me, so be sure to check back to see!!
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