Tuesday 19 March 2024

Awesome 4Some - West Coast IPA - All Grain Recipe

Recipe Notes

This will be our second attempt at a West Coast IPA. Our first version was pretty decent, but we overdid it with the malt and ended up with something a little too sweet for our liking. In this version we've dialed back the crystal/specialty malts, and put in some munich malt instead for a bit of complexity without being too overwhelming or distracting from the hops which should be taking centre stage. We're also going with a different hop combination to our previous version, just to keep things fresh and mix it up a bit.

These beers are big, with loads of hops as well as malt - and with a relatively high starting gravity they really need 2 packs of dry yeast to ensure a good fermentation and clean result. This tends to make them more expensive to brew so we don't do them all that often, but in any case it's still going to be significantly cheaper than buying around 19L of West Coast IPA!

We purchase hops in 100g packs, so for this recipe we're going with 4 different varieties and hence the name, "Awesome 4Some". The hop schedule has been calculated to utilise the full 400g of hops in total, starting with the calculations to hit the required IBU's for the 30 minute, 5 minute and whirlpool hop additions. Whatever is left over after this is what has been included in the dry hop which is why the numbers vary here. What we have done intentionally though is used Citra as the primary 30 minute addition to reduce it's dosage later on as we find it can really dominate in terms of flavour when dry hopping.


Batch Volume: 23L 
Boil Time: 30 minutes
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75%

Original Gravity: 1.064
Final Gravity: 1.012
IBU (Tinseth): 64
BU/GU: 1.00
Colour: 11.8 EBC
Expected ABV: 6.8%


Temperature: 65°C - 60 minutes
Mash Out: 75°C - 10 minutes


5.7kg - Gladfield Ale Malt
0.7kg - Gladfield Munich Malt
0.1kg - Gladfield Toffee Malt


30 mins - Ekuanot - 27 IBU
5 mins - Ekuanot - 5 IBU
5 mins - Centennial - 6 IBU
5 mins - Idaho #7 - 6 IBU

15 mins - Whirlpool/Hopstand @ 80°C - Amarillo - 5 IBU
15 mins - Whirlpool/Hopstand @ 80°C - Centennial - 5 IBU
15 mins - Whirlpool/Hopstand @ 80°C - Ekuanot - 5 IBU
15 mins - Whirlpool/Hopstand @ 80°C - Idaho #7 - 5 IBU

Dry Hop - Amarillo - 41g - 3 days
Dry Hop - Centennial - 13g - 3 days
Dry Hop - Ekuanot - 54g - 3 days
Dry Hop - Idaho #7 - 50g - 3 days


Fermentis SafAle US-05 (2 packets - dry)


18°C - 12 days


2.4 CO2-vol

Water Profile (Brewfather's "Hoppy" 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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