Thursday 10 November 2022

West Coast IPA - Recipe (All Grain)

Following on from our recently published West Coast IPA Recipe Creation Guide - here's our go-to West Coast IPA recipe. Follow the link at the bottom of this article for a brew day run down.


We've gone for a relatively simple grain bill, with pale malt making a combined total of 86% of the grist with a 50/50 split of American Ale and Golden Promise malt. We've then got some small amounts of specialty malts to add a little bit of sweetness and flavour complexity, without being too prominent and taking away from the main attraction - the hops.

Speaking of hops, and as you'd expect with this style, there's loads of them. We've gone for the classic American varieties of centennial, chinook and citra. We've bent our own guidelines by opting not for a 30 minute addition at the start of the boil, and instead using larger additions at 15 and 10 minutes remaining, followed by a sizeable whirlpool hop addition for 15 minutes at 80°C.

The amount of hops you require for each will be dependent on the Alpha Acid (AA) percentage of the hops you have available.

To keep things simple and clean, we've gone with good old US-05 yeast - 2 packets since the starting gravity is a little higher than a standard beer/fermentation.

We'd also recommend checking out our Tasting Notes and Review for this one before viewing it - it ended up coming out quite sweet so we'd recommend reducing the toffee malt and medium crystal malt to 0.2kg each (200g).


Batch Volume: 23L 
Boil Time: 30 minutes
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72%

Original Gravity: 1.065
Final Gravity: 1.012
IBU (Tinseth): 55
BU/GU: 0.86
Colour: 16.2 EBC
Expected ABV: 7%


Temperature: 65c - 60 minutes
Mash Out: 75c - 10 minutes


2.9kg - Gladfield American Ale Malt (43%)
2.9kg - Thomas Fawcett Golden Promise Pale Malt (43%)
0.4kg - Gladfield Toffee Malt (6%)
0.3kg - Gladfield Medium Crystal Malt (5%)
0.2kg - Gladfield Wheat Malt (3%)


15 mins - Centennial - 10 IBU
15 mins - Chinook - 10 IBU
10 mins - Centennial - 10 IBU
10 mins - Citra - 10 IBU

Hopstand 15 mins @ 80°C - Centennial - 5 IBU
Hopstand 15 mins @ 80°C - Chinook - 5 IBU
Hopstand 15 mins @ 80°C - Citra - 5 IBU

Dry Hop - Centennial - 37g - 3 days
Dry Hop - Chinook - 37g - 3 days
Dry Hop - Citra - 37g - 3 days


Fermentis SafAle US-05 (2 packets - dry)


18c for 14 days


2.4 CO2-vol

Water Profile

Brewfather "Hoppy" Water Profile

Ca2+ (Calcium): 110
Mg2+ (Magnesium): 18
Na+ (Sodium): 17
Cl- (Chloride): 49
SO42- (Sulfate): 267
HCO3- (Bicarbonate): 48

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