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American IPA Recipe

Here is my most recent attempt at an IPA.  I got a hold of some Centennial and some Columbus hops, which I had never tried.  I couldn’t get enough to base my IPA entirely on those hops. So you’ll see in the recipe that I use a little high alpha Nugget to get my base bittering, and I introduce a little Cascade hops in the hop schedule as well.  I used some cascade to help reinforce that traditional citrus-driven American hop profile in the brew.

You may think it strange as well that my malt base is dominated by German Pils.  The reason for that is because I was making a Kolsch at the same time and wanted to make one big mash for the two beers.  More on that in a seperate post!

Here’s the recipe:

American IPA
14-B American IPA

Size: 5.5 gal
Efficiency: 70%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Original Gravity: 1.061 (1.056 – 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.015 (1.010 – 1.018)
Color: 13.3 (6.0 – 15.0)
Bitterness: 54.75 (40.0 – 60.0)

11 lbs German 2-row Pils
1.0 lbs German Light Munich
1.0 lbs 2-Row Carapils® Malt
0.5 lbs Crystal Malt 120°L
0.33 oz Nugget (12.7%) – added during boil, boiled 60 min
0.66 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 60 min
0.5 oz Columbus (13%) – added during boil, boiled 20 min
0.5 oz Centennial (9%) – added during boil, boiled 20 min
0.5 oz Columbus (13%) – added during boil, boiled 2 min
0.5 oz Centennial (9%) – added during boil, boiled 2 min
0.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 2 min
1 ea White Labs WLP001 California Ale
1 tsp Irish Moss – added during boil, boiled 0.0 min

Mash at 152F 90minutes


Heating Pad For Fermentation


Double Brew, One Mash


  1. Grenier

    Hey Mike,
    Good to talk to you today. My IPA also uses nugget for bittering, I really like them. I use centennial in the middle, but finish and dry hop with amarillo. I really like this hop schedule! Maybe we can compare at some point. Cheers. Marc

  2. Always good to talk brewing with a fellow bearded homebrewer!
    Keep checking back and I’ll be sure to get a tasting review up on the site at some point.
    I’ll be moving this beer to secondary to dry hop with some cascades this weekend. Then on to the bottling pahse after that. Hope to have this brew finally ready just as the weather really starts picking up!

  3. Rocky

    i have also made a two gallon batch i use extract for the wort though, this is my first batch so im trying to get the essentials down before i buy a bigger fermenter and start making my own wort but i used a west coast pale ale HME and a pale export UME in the wort i added two packs of booster (a mixture of sugars that help not to give the vinegery taste associated with using certain sugars) i added 8 grams of both cascade and centennial hopes to the wort and i put an additional 8 grams into the fermenter of glacier hops before i closed it, this is my first attempt and i hope it turns out i had it in the fermenter for 3 weeks before bottling i am allowing 2 weeks for carbonization and an extra month for bottle conditioning before drinking but its good to know that i am on the right track with my hop profile if this batch turns out i am looking at getting a 6 or 7.5g bucket fermenter wort chiller and glass carboy for secondary because it seems as if i got a little more than desired settled yeast at the bottoms of the bottles

  4. Rocky

    i also used an american ale liquid yeast as well

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