Two heads are better than one and here we are trying to put our heads together to come up with a cracking recipe for you to clone your own at home for America’s favourite Craft Beer of 2017 as voted by Zymurgy’s 15th Annual Reader Survey – Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
This beer is so simple in its structure its brilliant and it must be to knock Pliny the Elder off its throne after eight straight years of Russian River Brewing Company’s double IPA Pliny the Elder dominating the top spot! Enough with the dribble…on with the show….
Two Heads – Pale Ale – BeerCo Recipe
- Batch Size: 19L (5 US Gallon)
- Efficiency: 70% Bitterness: 62 IBU Colour: 5-10 SRM
- Original Gravity: 1.062 Final Gravity: 1.015 Alcohol: 6.2% ABV
- Use 17 litres carbon filtered water, adjusted with 4 grams gypsum.
- Single Infusion Mash @66°C for 45 minutes until conversion is complete (iodine test) then ramp up to 77°C over 15 minutes, rest 10 minutes at 77°C and Vorlauf until clear.
- Collect 25 Litres, sparging with 79°C water.
- Boil vigorously for approx. 75 minutes, hopping at indicated times above from end of boil.
- Whirlpool and allow to settle for 15 minutes.
- Chill wort to 18°C. Aerate wort and pitch Yeast.
- Ferment warm (ale temperature 18-22°C).
- Dry hop 1 week into fermentation.
- Allow beer to stay warm with hops for a week (3 days if you are in a hurry).
- Rack beer, crash cool, and cold age for a week.
- Prime with sugar and bottle or keg and carbonate to your preferred volume of C02 for a hoppy Pale Ale!
Prost! Enjoy and raise a glass to simplicity in brewing and the wonder that a few quality ingredients can bring to you beer and brewing expertise. cheers #brewhappy always 🙂
Sources and Inspiration:
We love it when a supply partner comes to town and we get out and about visiting customers and friends in the Australian brewing industry. We also love it when we get to sit down with good friends @InebriationNation Good Beer Radio and talk about important things like Hops and Beer and Craft Beer Styles and Craft Beer in Australia and the US and growing your own hops at home.
So it was with great pleasure that we shared a good local craft beer or two with Brian Crosby @CrosbyHopFarm and Josh “Pies” Button and Kevin “DK” McDonald at Inebriation-Nation to record a podcast that well, talked about hops and beer and a few things more…we hop you like it – cheers to Hops and Beer!
We cover a lot of ground in this podcast pardon the pun, but we beerly scratch the surface of hops (there we go again – forgive us please) and their role in beer and brewing and the challenges growers and marketers of hops like Crosby Hop Farm face in the increasingly fast-changing world of craft beer.
Some of the many topics we chat about over a local fresh Sydney craft beer or two include:
- Beer Styles – Does Australia have its own unique craft beer style or styles? Do Aussie craft beer styles differ State by State?
- The state of the Sydney craft beer scene right now in mid-2016 – it’s very exciting, dynamic and changing fast!
- The state of the craft beer scene in the US today through a hop grower and suppliers eyes.
- Crosby Hops and what they do with their own hops in terms of growing and processing their hops to be more gentle on the hop and better fit the unique needs of the craftbrewer and homebrewer.
- Growing Hops at Home – Pies goes deep into the rhizome, bine and picking and brewing with homegrown hops.
- and let us not forget – DK4Senate and his campaign to form the Inebriation-Nation Political Party and take his fight to the Australian State and Federal Government to give a ‘fair go’ to small Aussie craft brewers – sign on and give your support to the cause with a local fresh craft beer in hand 🙂 DK4Senate
Just like being hit over the head by a bit of 4 x 2 timber this 4 x 2 IPA is fully intended to give the taste buds as assault of 4 x hops and 2 x malt that will leave a lingering tang to remember for sometime.
Brewed on 4th Jan 2012 (spot the 4 x 2s?) its a great way to start a new year with 4 hops including Cluster, Cascade
all finding their way into the boil onto 2 x malt bases (Cooper’s Draught and IPA).
Fermentis Safale S-04 dry yeast was up and running very fast with an SG of 1030. Sitting tight now and almost ready to rack off for some secondary settling and more dry hopping. This home brewer is very excited about the new stock in the brewery especially after a festive season assault on the stock in the shed! Hoppy New Year 🙂
Racked off on 15th Jan into a secondary fermenter and gave the girl another dose of high alpha acid Amarillo hops into the secondary fermenter for 10 more days dry hopping. Bottled the brew on Australia Day (how appropriate) and the deep amber colour was so enticing and experienced a very strong resin hoppy hit but was delighted to sense a well balanced malt background.
Will leave it to rest through Feb Fast (what was I thinking doing Feb Fast?) and looking forward to tapping the delights of the 4 x 2 IPA in March. Best After 19th April 2012 – c’mon Anzac!
Tasted some superb beers today at the AIBA 2012 so thought I better finish with one of my own for comparison. Still some work to do as malt was not big enough but hops were good!
For a bit of a laugh and to get a read on how my home brewing was going this beer was entered in the 2012 Good Beer Week – Stone & Wood – Mash Collective – Home brewer competition held at the Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne in May 2012. Judged by the public who enjoyed a host of great food and beer pairings from the Court House Hotel and Stone & Wood the 4 x IPA came runner up to a wonderful Belgian Tripel that went on to become MASH COLLECTIVE AUREUS CHRYSALIS
this time their select band of brewers included leading tattoo artist Trevor Bennett, home brewer Richard Grant who won a competition at 2012 Good Beer Week (congratulations Richard) to become part of the team, chef and TV presenter Ben O’Donohue, furniture maker Greg Hatton and musician Ash Grunwald.
Maybe the old 4 x 2 IPA will return under another guise sometime soon!