Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Brewday - Homegrown IPA 18/09/2012

Following on from the recent hop harvest, it's time to crack on and use the beauties.

To showcase the hop, I'm brewing an IPA. As the Alpha content is unknown, I've taken the view it will be at the bottom end of the commercial scale.

Because I only want to use my own hops in this brew, the IPA will also be at the lower end of the gravity range for the style. To hopefully maintain a reasonable level of bitterness, with limited hops of an unknown alpha, it seemed a sensible choice.

As it was a beautiful day, I pulled out the brewery from the confines of the garage and brewed outdoors.

The picture of the wort going into the copper makes the beer a lot darker than it is. It's really pale and gravity was bang on at 1.056

Homegrown IPA
English IPA

Type: All Grain Date: 18/09/2012
Batch Size (fermenter): 50.00 l Brewer: Mark
Boil Size: 62.65 l Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 90 min Equipment: Elite Brewery
End of Boil Volume 55.12 l Brewhouse Efficiency: 73.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 50.00 l Est Mash Efficiency 77.4 %
Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage Taste Rating(out of 50): 
Taste Notes:
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
11000.00 g Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.9 EBC) Grain 1 90.2 %
1200.00 g Carahell Malt (25.0 EBC) Grain 2 9.8 %
100.00 g Homegrown Bramling X [4.50 %]
Boil 75.0 min
Hop 3 23.0 IBUs
100.00 g Homegrown Bramling X [4.50 %]
Boil 20.0 min
Hop 4 13.3 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 5 -
80.00 g Homegrown Bramling X [4.50 %]
Boil 7.0 min
Hop 6 4.7 IBUs
100.00 g Homegrown Bramling X [4.50 %]
Boil 1.0 min
Hop 7 0.9 IBUs
2.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)  Yeast 8 -
100.00 g Homegrown Bramling X [4.50 %]
Dry Hop 3.0 Days
Hop 9 0.0 IBUs
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.056 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.8 %
Bitterness: 42.0 IBUs
Est Color: 11.8 EBC


  1. Sound good, and excellent work using only your own hops.

  2. Cheers Ed. I've read the drying is the critical part of growing your own hops, so there's every chance I've completely ruined them - time will tell.