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Near-Sighted Swine IPA

Brewed: 08/24/2014   Bottled: 09/07/2014

swine.JPGSurprisingly, I don't brew a lot of real hoppy IPA's. My only IPA up until late August 2014 was TommyHawk, and that isn't really a huge hop-bomb.

On #IPADay 2014, I came up with my own "west-coast" IPA recipe, calling it Near-Sighted Swine. The name "Near-Sighted Swine" is a tribute to Russian River's Blind Pig. Zymurgy Magazine posted a clone recipe in July/August of 2012 that I always thought would be fun to try. For this recipe, I looked at the Zymurgy clone and then pretty much ignored it.

This recipe uses lots of Citra hops, because I had a bunch and because I liked them the only other time I used them (see Pompously Illegitimate). For this recipe, I decided I wanted more than one hop and thought Amarillo was as good as any to throw in there.

It isn't really very big in alcohol at 6 or 6.5%. This is where I think IPAs should be. It will hopefully finish pretty dry with not much malt sweetness at all. It is very light in color (much lighter than Blind Pig I think).

Anyway, it is a typical west-coast IPA. It uses most of its hops late in the boil or in the "whirlpool", so hop flavor and aroma should dominate the beer more than hop bitterness.

For more information on this beer, you can look at: Sheppy's Blog: Near-Sighted Swine.


Near-Sighted Swine IPA ---Batch 1

American IPA
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.059 SG
Estimated FG
1.011 SG
Recipe Bitterness
58.3 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
6.4 %
BU : GU   0.982        
Recipe Color
5.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.062
  Measured FG:    1.012
ADF:    80.1   Measured ABV:    6.6


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
12.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
1.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 2 -
11 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 85.4 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 4 11.7 %
6.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 5 2.9 %
0.250 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [16.00 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 6 17.2 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 -
1.000 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 6.6 IBUs
1.000 oz Citra [12.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 9.8 IBUs
1.000 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 30.0 min Hop 10 10.0 IBUs
1.000 oz Citra [12.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 30.0 min Hop 11 14.7 IBUs
1.0 pkg San Diego Super Yeast (White Labs #WLP090) [35.49 ml] Yeast 12 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days) Other 13 -
1.000 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
1.000 oz Citra [12.50 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 16.09 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.40gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F waterRecipe Notes
Water salt additions to target "Hoppy Bitter" in Beer Smith based on starting with the Denver water profile.

Final: Ca=114,Mg=11,Na=21,SO4=259,Cl=23,HCO3=104

For "whirl pool", simply turn off the burner, stir and let the hops steep for 30 minutes before the chill.

Pitch at about 60F. Ferment with ice blocks to keep below 65 for 1st few days, then remove and let it rise to room temp as long as it is less than 72. After the fermentation activity slows down (4 or 5 days), dry hop and leave in fermenter two weeks total.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:   164
Mash Temps:
 152 throughout
Pre-boil OG   1.050 (1.048 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   8 (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp    66
Day 1: Kraussen overnight 64
Day 2: Going strong 65  
Day 5: Bubbling but slowing 68  

Brewing Notes:
08/25/2014 esheppy
Brewed yesterday. Everything went fine. OG a bit high, but that is ok. Fermentation started overnight and is currently bubbling away. I added a blow-off tube just in case.
08/26/2014 esheppy
Still bubbling strong, but it does not look like blow off tube was needed. Put back in air lock. Smells very hoppy. 65.
09/03/2014 esheppy
Put in secondary with dry hops. Sample really great. Lots of citrus hop flavor. Gravity at 1.012 which makes this a 6.6 abv beer so far.
09/07/2014 esheppy
Kegged today. Exceptionally clear. Great hop character. I nailed this one. So good. Pressurized and put into beer fridge. FG officially at 1.012.
09/11/2014 esheppy
Had a couple pints. Needs more carbonation. First pour was cloudy with seetled hop matter and tasted a bit harsh. 2nd was much better. Great hop aroma.
09/18/2014 esheppy
Harshness is gone. Now it is just a nice hoppy IPA. Took the photo for beer page today. Yum.
10/12/2014 esheppy
Killed the keg last night which makes me a little sad. Still lots of hip aroma coming out of the empty keg as I rinse it out.
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