Brewing the Meta-Beer

A few months ago we had the idea to brew a special beer for the Metafest. It’s a big party that Frank throws some years gathering a whole bunch of people from all the way back to highschool. Anyway we talked about it… then whe kinda forgot.

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Then it came back to me… and the timing wasn’t bad. Our kit turned out cheaper than expected so we went with a kegging system quicker than planned… and we also ordered about 5 pounds of fancy hops from Yakima!

 

 

So the plan was to brew a big fruity tropical American IPA like the Yakima IPA from the brewery “Le Castor”. I started looking at the info on the bottles but it was lacking… so I started to stalk the brewery on Facebook ;o) They are very open and basically gave out all the info except for specific ratios.

Here’s what we know:

  • American IPA – 6.5% – 75 IBU – 14.6-14.9 brix
  • Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Palisade et Citra (lots)
  • american yeast

Our kit came with 2 kegs, and the party is pretty big so it made sense to brew a double batch (10gal). But since we don’t have huge fermenters, it still had to ferment in 2 batches of 5 gallons. So we decided to experiment with the dry hopping and to create two differente flavor profiles.

Here are the two batches:

“Samus” –  American IPA

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This part contains the unmodified wort. This one is pale and fruity. The dry hopping is made with Citra hops.

 “Ridley” – Brown IPA

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This part was combined with a decoction of roasted malt to darken it… The dry hopping is done with Simcoe.

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Brewing so much beer at the same time meant we needed lots of yeast. Time to whip out our trusty stirplate!

I made 2.2 liters of WLP060 American yeast blend.

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Everything went fine during brewing. The extraction was a bit lower than usual but I guess it’s normal with so much grain. I really want to make a partigyle next time and make a small beer with the other runnings.

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When I was cleaning my carboys… one exploded! Guess she was due ;o) So we dry hopped in the first two kegs we had. The hops only stayed 4 days and the beer got transfered to  other kegs to rest and await their second hop shot.

The party is on July 6. I’ll post some news then!

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