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Irregular Eric Double IPA

Brewed: 11/15/2020   Kegged: 11/24/2020

IrregularEric.jpgEarly in 2020 ... I started seeing a lot of traffic to my "Colorado 6 Pack" post on the blog, and I decided that it would be fun to take that list and homebrew batches that matched up with the list. 

See Sheppy's Blog: Homebrew Colorado 6 pack.

In November of 2020, I was ready to brew something like Oskar Blue's Deviant Dale's IPA.

It was essentially Dale's Pale Ale, only more. More hops. More malt. More ABV. More Body. More deliciousness. It is an 8% ABV, 85 IBU double IPA with lots of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins in the aroma and flavor.

I didn't really have a recipe that was close, so I designed one.

This recipe is what I came up with.

Unfortunately, I don't think Oskar Blue's brews Deviant Dale's anymore, so I was not able to compare.

But, it was a hoppy delicious big beer. 

For more about the Colorado Six Pack, see Sheppy's Blog: 6 Pack Project.

For more about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Irregular Eric

Irregular Eric Double IPA --- Batch 1

Style Double IPA Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.09 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.071 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 68.7 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 8.3 %
BU : GU   0.972        
Recipe Color 8.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.070    Measured FG:   1.010 
ADF:   86    Measured ABV:   8% 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.17 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
11.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
1.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
14 lbs Maris Otter (Crisp) (4.0 SRM) Grain 4 88.9 % 1.09 gal
8.0 oz Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM) Grain 5 3.2 % 0.04 gal
4.0 oz Caramunich Malt (45.0 SRM) Grain 6 1.6 % 0.02 gal
1 lbs Cane (Beet) Sugar [Boil] (0.0 SRM) Sugar 7 6.3 % 0.08 gal
1.000 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 8 41.2 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 9 - -
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 10 6.6 IBUs -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 11 - -
1.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 12 16.4 IBUs -
0.500 oz Cascade [6.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 13 2.0 IBUs -
0.500 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 14 2.5 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 15 - -
2.000 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 16 0.0 IBUs -
0.500 oz Cascade [6.70 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 17 0.0 IBUs -
0.500 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 18 0.0 IBUs -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 32.70 qt of water at 155.4 F 148.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 156.0 F over 10 min 156.0 F 20 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Inspired by Deviant Dales IPA
From Denver Water, water additions put the water profile at:
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 60 degrees as possible.
Ferment at 60 for a day and let rise to mid 60's for the rest of the week. Then let the temperature go where it wants.
Add half dry hop in hop sacks for a few days before kegging.
Keg carbonate.
Add the rest of dry hops in the keg.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.063 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.09 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
11/15/2020 esheppy
Picked up ingredients yesterday in the morning. In the evening Filled the foundry with 8 gallons and set timer. Brew day today.
11/15/2020 esheppy
Brew day went well, but my mash efficiency wasn't where it should have been. Ended up adding 12oz of DME to get close to predicted OG. Temperature at the top of the mash was pretty low compared to at the Foundry sensor. I probably need the re-circulating pump. Anyway ... got 6 gallons in the fermentor at about 1.070 OG.
11/16/2020 esheppy
Bubbling away in the morning. Tilts says 1.073 at 65 degrees.
11/17/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.038 at 75. Still bubbling strong. Another couple days for first dry hop charge.
11/18/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.010 at 74 degrees. Still bubbling, but much slower. I'll probably want to add dry hop charge today.
11/18/2020 esheppy
Added 1.5 oz of Columbus hops into fermentor in my hop sleeve. Not sure if I'll get "bio-transformation" at this point. I guess we'll see how hazy this comes out. I wasn't scheduled to keg this for another week, but I might get it done sooner.
11/20/2020 esheppy
Just for fun, I took a little sample out of the spigot. Very cloudy with trub, but extremely aromatic with the hops. Think I'm really going to like this beer once it settles.
11/22/2020 esheppy
Bubbling done. Tilt says 1.008. Samples clearing up some, but still hazy. Still really nice hop flavor.
11/25/2020 esheppy
Kegged last night. Added in other half of dry hops. Chilling on back patio for now. Still hazy. Color more golden than the reddish color I remember from Deviant Dale's.
11/25/2020 esheppy
Moved to the beer fridge and added gelatin. Certainly has the bitterness of an old-school double ipa. I think flavor matches closely to how I remember Deviant Dales.
11/28/2020 esheppy
Carbonation about perfect.
11/29/2020 esheppy
Took a look at my photo of Deviant Dales, and the clarity looks the same. Color of this beer is more golden than the red of DD. I think just a couple of SRM would make these visually match exactly. Taking photo for website.
12/11/2020 esheppy
Got real clear all of a sudden. Nice looking golden IPA. Yummy.
12/18/2020 esheppy
Gorgeous. Nice clear golden beer. Nice and hoppy. Not too bitter. Better than Deviant Dales 😋
01/02/2021 esheppy
Crystal clear. Nice hoppy flavor. This beer wont last much longer.
01/08/2021 esheppy
Day drinking. Ditto previous comment 😋
01/09/2021 esheppy
Keg blew last night. Was great while it lasted.
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