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Brewing a Vermont style IPA/APA

Postby flip » January 18th, 2016, 3:20 pm

So there have been a lot of discussions around the boards lately about how many of us wish the beers we wanted to buy and drink simply aren't available on our local shelves. This is exactly the reason why I got into homebrewing in the first place. And it seems like exactly the kind of reason for me to dust off my brewing equipment and take a couple runs at it, once the weather thaws out a bit of course. For me, one of those big styles is a juicy IPA from the likes of Trillium or Tree House.

I'll throw together a quick rough draft recipe here.

OG 1.070
FG 1.015

Water profile: IPA
12.5 lbs Pearl malt
2 lbs white wheat

Mash @148F for 90 minutes

Boil:
60 mins: 0.5 oz Magnum
20 mins: 1 oz Citra
5 mins: 2 oz Citra, 2 oz Mosaic
Hopstand/whirlpool: 2 oz Citra, 2 oz Mosaic

Ferment @65F
Gigayeast Vermont IPA strain

Dry Hop: 1oz Citra, 1 oz Mosaic for 5 days

Thoughts? Has anyone accomplished a finished product that's similar to the aforementioned breweries?
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Re: Brewing a Vermont style IPA/APA

Postby ReedM » January 18th, 2016, 10:22 pm

I'll taste it to make sure you are on the right track :yes: :yes: :D
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Re: Brewing a Vermont style IPA/APA

Postby Bobby Digital » January 19th, 2016, 7:47 am

Chris and I are actually going to be brewing a similar one on Sunday. Next time we do a tasting I'll try to remember to bring the recipe and a bottle, assuming it's ready by then.
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Re: Brewing a Vermont style IPA/APA

Postby schumed » January 19th, 2016, 9:18 am

Recipe looks good for a solid IPA but plan on a cloudy estery beer with the Vermont / Conan strain ....I like using a more clean strain to let the hops shine
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Re: Brewing a Vermont style IPA/APA

Postby flip » January 19th, 2016, 9:40 am

schumed wrote:Recipe looks good for a solid IPA but plan on a cloudy estery beer with the Vermont / Conan strain ....I like using a more clean strain to let the hops shine


Yep. That's the plan. I figure if my beer isn't hazy from the wheat/yeast then I've failed to emulate the style. I typically use Whirlfloc in my IPAs, but those tablets won't come near this one. I've also heard people get good results with Wyeast 1056 as it's fairly low flocculating. I believe that's pretty much what Trillium uses in house. But I'm going to try it first with the Conan strain to get that peachy yeast ester that so famously pushed Heady Topper to the top.
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Re: Brewing a Vermont style IPA/APA

Postby dansb » January 19th, 2016, 10:11 am

What local homebrew shops carry conan yeast? I think I may try out one of the heady clone recipes this weekend.
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Re: Brewing a Vermont style IPA/APA

Postby schumed » January 19th, 2016, 1:36 pm

dansb wrote:What local homebrew shops carry conan yeast? I think I may try out one of the heady clone recipes this weekend.


Brewlab KC just started carrying http://www.imperialyeast.com/yeast-strains/

The A04 Barbarian strain is supposed to be the conan strain

All the other shops only carry Whitelabs and/or Wyeast. I've heard they will be releasing their versions soon.
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Re: Brewing a Vermont style IPA/APA

Postby dansb » January 19th, 2016, 3:11 pm

Perfect. Heading there for ingredients anyway.
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Re: Brewing a Vermont style IPA/APA

Postby JRBoulevard_KC » January 19th, 2016, 3:16 pm

I would,love to be on your all's tasting panels. Let me know.

In the mean time I will beef up my portfolio with these Tired Hands APA/IPAs. Cheers!
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Re: Brewing a Vermont style IPA/APA

Postby dansb » January 20th, 2016, 7:11 pm

Jason... if it turns out okay you can have some.

Going for a heady tribute now. My ingredient list did not work out that well locally.

And eek expensive. If this turns out okay I am switching to gallon batches and heading more in the direction flip is going for next try.
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