I spent the morning practising and learning on my keyboard. I am trying to pick up how good I was, or thought I was as a kid and learn properly now. I took a quick break just before noon to try my IPA since it has been a week since I bottled.
Firstly you will notice that it is not very pale at all, though there are other IPA's that are as dark as this.
I dry hopped this with east kent goldings as opposed to cascade. When I was transferring to the secondary there was the expected grapefruit aroma of an IPA. After the secondary however and the dry hopping with the goldings I have ended up with something that smells and tastes more like orange marmalade. It is almost a bit more like an English bitter than an IPA. Either way I found this pretty nice to drink and left a nice dry feeling. It was good for a week so I am hoping it will be even better next week.
One other thing while we are talking about IPA's. On Thursday I met up with a load of Irish craft brewers at the Bull and Castle for the monthly meeting and tasting. I had my Chocoholic Stout which was very well received. The beer nut rightly mentioned that the only thing was that it is a little over carbonated but I knew that when I was making it as I am less concerned about carbonation levels than I am flavour at the moment. There were 3 or 4 IPA's that evening, including TheBeerNuts own Fat frank IPA which was very nice indeed.
Also worth a mention was the 60 minute IPA that came from the other end of the table. I am not sure who brewed it but it was fantastic. Maybe someone can comment on who it was.
Moving on, I have just spent the last hour formulating a recipe in beer tools pro for a nice simple Dry Irish Stout.
Cloaked Stranger Stout13-A Dry Stout
Author: Reuben Gray (Saruman)
Original Gravity: 1.046 (1.036 - 1.050)
Size: 25.0 L
Calories: 154.07 kcal per 12.0 fl oz
3500 g Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt
300 g Crystal Malt
500 g CaraPils Malt (brupaks)
234.23 g Chocolate Malt (pale)
400 g Black Malt
500.0 g Roasted Barley
50 g First Gold (6.2%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
45 g Fuggle (4.1%) - added during boil, boiled 30 min
25 g Challenger (6.5%) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
1 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
1 ea WYeast 1084 Irish Ale