Golden Empire IPA Instructions


RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Long Play IPA (Yeast under lid. You won't be using this.)
  • 1 Brewmax LME - Pale
  • 4 oz Carapils
  • 3 Packets El Dorado Hops
  • 4 Muslin Hop Sacks
  • 1 Safale US-05 Yeast
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


OG: 1.070 (approx.) -- FG: 1.017(approx.)

Suggested conditioning time is 1 to 2 weeks

Flavor: Hoppy

ABV (alc/vol): 6.8%

SRM (Color): 11

IBU (Bitterness): 90

BJCP Style: 21. IPA, 21A. American IPA


Fermentation
Carbonation
Bottle Conditioning

Total Brewing Time
3 Weeks
3 Weeks
1-2 Weeks
 =
2 Months



STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk.)

NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER. 


STEP 2: BREWING

Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

  1. Using a measuring cup, pour 4-8 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot (Use enough water to cover the grains).
  2. Add the grains to a Muslin Sack and bring your water up to above 155 degrees F.
  3. Add the grain sack to the hot water and steep for 30 minutes between 155-165 degrees F.
  4. Carefully lift the grain sack out of the pot and place into a strainer/colander. Rinse the sack over the pot with 1 cup of hot water. Let drain. Do NOT squeeze the grain bag. Discard grain bag.
  5. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract (you won't be using this), then place the unopened can in hot tap water.
  6. Place 1 packet of El Dorado pellet hops into a hop sack, tying it closed, then trim away excess material.
  7. Bring grain water to a low rolling boil, add in hop sack, and let boil for 15 minutes, then remove from heat.
  8. While this is boiling, place the contents of another packet of El Dorado hops into a hop sack to the wort.
  9. After the 15 minute boil has passed, remove the pot from heat and add the 2nd hop sack to the wort.
  10. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the LME Softpack, pour the contents into the hot mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called "wort."
  11. Fill keg with cold tap water to the #1 mark on the back.
  12. Pour the wort, including the hop sacks, into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the #2 mark by adding more cold water. You'll leave the hop sacks in the wort for the duration of fermentation. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk.
  13. Sprinkle the Safale US-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
  14. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 65°and 76° F (20°-25° C) and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14-21 days.
  15. 5 days before bottling, add the final packet of hops to the last hop sack (boil sack to sanitize before adding hops to it) then place in the fermenter until bottling (this is called "dry-hopping").
  16. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.


Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks.

After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process.

STEP 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk.)