Session IPA

by ben smithson on

For my very first all-grain batch, I opted for a nice, low gravity IPA. Gasp! There is some trash talk going around about the latest releases from craft brewers about their sessionable IPAs. I don’t see what the big deal is. I think that, to the purist, the IPA should never be session strength. But I say hogwash… I’m going to make what I want to make. That’s the fun of it!

So this recipe was a slight modification of this Purring Kitten IPA recipe I found on BJCP Hero’s site.

Everything was going smoothly, and then all of the sudden I had a stuck sparge. I ended up pouring the entire mash in to another container and sparging from there. Needless to say, the wort came out super-duper hazy. However, after 2 weeks in primary, and 1 week dry-hopped in secondary, the beer cleared up a LOT. I added gelatin at kegging, so that should help clear up the beer even more.

Session IPA has cleared up quite nicely. Fingers crossed that it continues to smooth out in the keg.

Session IPA has cleared up quite nicely. Fingers crossed that it continues to smooth out in the keg.

Session IPA in to the secondary fermenter, along with 2oz hops (galaxy, simcoe).

Session IPA in to the secondary fermenter, along with 2oz hops (galaxy, simcoe).

March 2014 brew day - SIX batches going - whoa!

March 2014 brew day – SIX batches going – whoa!

After making a mess, I finally got my boil started.

After making a mess, I finally got my boil started.

Hops! April 20. Cascade on the left, chinook on the right.

Hops! April 20. Cascade on the left, chinook on the right.

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