Solo Beer Brew: Lorem IPAsum

LoremIPAsum

 

Pun-tastic I know but “Lorem IPAsum” is a play on IPA and the “copy” that websites and books sometimes use before the real text has been written; in my case this IPA recipe started off as a clone of BrewDog’s Punk IPA. When Edinburgh Brewstore homebrew club set the August theme challenge as “IPA” – I imediately though about how Brewdog make their IPA. Punk IPA is a go-to beer, it’s always good and it’s becoming more and more available (especially around Edinburgh) so why not try and learn a bit more about IPA by trying to copy their recipe? Point 1 – there is no way that this is going to be an exact copy; I have vastly inferior equipment and I could get neither the right hops for the clone recipe nor the right grain so I hope that this doesn’t turn into a “Punk’d IPA”! Point 2 – I’m mostly relying on advice from the internet here so who knows how reliable info on the original recipe was!

Label Stuff

Collection: Punk’d
Style: Trans-Atlantic IPA
Colour: 8 SRM
Body: Medium
ABV: 6.6%
IBU’s: 45 ish
Malt: Pale & Biscuit

 

Hops: Chinook, Ahtanum, Citra & Simcoe
Yeast: British Ale Yeast M07
Other: None
Pairing: Best paired with Sausage-in-a-bun

 

Original Gravity: 1.058
Final Gravity: 1.012
Brew Date: 26/6/14
Secondary Date:
Bottle Date: 14/7/14
Target ABV: 5.6%
Target IBUs: 45

Malts
1,100g Pale Malt
200g Biscuit Malt

Hops
3g Chinook @ 60 minutes
6g Ahtanum @ 15 minutes
3g Citra @ 15 minutes
3g Simcoe @ 10 minutes
3g Chinook @ flameout
3g Citra @ flameout
3g Simcoe @ flameout

 

Secondary

3g each of Ahtanum, Simcoe & Citra for 5 days

 

First taste

This really isn’t Punk IPA (colour too dark, too malty and high alcohol flavour) but glad that it worked!

 

Second taste

The opinions at Brew-Club were favorable and I was dead chuffed. 🙂 Two people said to not bother calling it a Punk IPA clone and the different expectations would mean an even better opinion. 🙂 One suggestion was to drop the Biscuit entirely and use 1/2 Golden Promise and 1/2 Lager in it’s place or drop the Biscuit to 3-5%. To try next time!