jean genie ipa
subsequent batch info: definitely; with later (or dry, or both) hop additions, however no plans as yet.
5.15kg simpsons maris otter
600gm weyermann munich 1
300gm weyermann carapils (dextrine)
25gm columbus (pellets, 14 aa%, 60 mins)
40gm amarillo (pellets, 6 aa%, 30 mins)
10gm cascade (pellets, 5 aa%, 30 mins)
10gm columbus (pellets, 14%, 30 mins)
15gm DCL yeast US-05 - american ale
0.5 tablet whirlfloc
19L batch, single infusion, two-step batch sparge, mash in 65C, esky (mash tun), no-chill - a big thank you to martin for allowing me the use of his all-grain equipment
%AbV: 8.45% (8.95% bottled)
the jean genie was initially inspired by my love of david bowie. i thought, why not have a beer named after him? i considered a bunch of different names but when i was looking at the ingredients (english malts and american hops), i decided to name it after bowie's relationship and albums in america; combining his english heritage and his american experiences. it was just by chance that i decided on an IPA.
this baby was brewed in a full mash all grain set up, provided by my mate martin. it will be done at a later stage (and in smaller volume) with BIAB, but we thought it would be fun, and for me, a unique brewing experience to do it this way.
28/03/13 - after having it no-chilled for a few days, i managed to pick it up today and ferment. fermented with 15gm of US-05 and changed the volume to 19L. calculations will then be slightly altered, and this bumped up the expected final alcohol volume to somewhere closer to 8%. quite a big beer! it's sitting in the fermenting vessel now at 16C. fingers crossed! updated the recipe snapshot below however brewmate still has the IBUs slightly higher than we worked out on brewsmith.
15/04/13 - bottled today and... (see below for taste notes! apart from that though, it was chilled to 2C for 5 days to clear out the beer).
15/04/13 - ...holy shit it's tasting nice out of the fermenter!!
28/04/13 - wham bam thank you ma'am! i've just tasted my first ever proper IPA and hot damn, i love you so! holds a beautiful head. is quite malt-forward which is an interesting taste; could probably only dry hop it to bring forward some of those hops or perhaps add later additions. can really taste the marris otter malt that i've heard lots about with almost a biscuity-ness to it and a hint of columbus too. cannot wait to show this one off. had one longneck and i'm quite boozy.
17/05/13 - on further tastes the malt backbone of this beer is really starting to shine. it's starting to develop a slightly different character than it did initially. i'm on the fence. i kinda like it, but liked how it was before. still love the drink, but the taste has changed remarkably since being in the fridge for a few weeks.
30/05/13 - tasted again tonight, and i'm not sure if it's because the longneck i got was sitting closer to the fridge door but it seems a lot of the malt character has dropped out since my last taste. the overall feel of the beer is lighter. not bad, but this beer is like a shapeshifter of taste. remarkable. a different taste and feel all over again. the malt is starting to subside and it feels a lot closer to a beer you'd buy over the bar.