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Idaho IPA – Can Your Brew It – Homebrew Recipe

Unless you have been sleeping under a rock somewhere outside the craft beer universe there has been a lot of talk about Hops and IPA of late and even more talk about a host of new experimental varieties hitting the market.  As brewers (home or pro), we are always searching for that next illusive hop — that great new aroma and hop complexity — to experience something new and unique. Idaho #7™ hop is one of those hops.

One of the newest US Hop varieties that has only just landed Idaho #7™ is an experimental variety from Jackson Hop Farm in Wilder ID, first released in 2015.  Some of the early flavour and aroma descriptors and characters coming out of craft brewers’ usage in the United States for this hop include:

  • Pungent tropical fruit and citrus (think apricot, orange, red grapefruit, papaya) with big notes of resin pine and hints of black tea.
  • Tropical-fruit characteristics, with aromas of ripe papaya and marmalade

Idaho ranks third in U.S. hop production accounting for about 8% of the U.S. and 2% of the world harvest.  Hops in Idaho are raised in two geographically distinct areas: the cool, moist region of the northern Idaho panhandle in Boundary County, and the warmer, arid Treasure Valley of southwestern Idaho.

Idaho’s Treasure Valley is located in the Southwest corner of the state, 48 kilometres north west of Boise, the state Capital. The major hop-growing region of the Treasure Valley lies in the fertile flood plain of Boise River between the Owyhee Mountains to the southwest and the Sawtooth Mountains to the northeast. The desert climate, and long summer days of this area provide perfect conditions for the production of high, and super-high alpha varieties including Zeus, Galena, Nugget, and Chinook. Aroma varieties such as Mt. Hood, and Willamette are also grown with success in the Treasure Valley.

Grown on Jackson Hop Farm in Wilder, Idaho and pelletised on Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Oregon the Idaho 7™ hop has been grown and processed with the craft brewer front and centre of mind including the fact Crosby hop pellets are a soft “craft pellet”.  These pellets are approximately 20% less dense than industry standard pellets.  The soft pellet comes apart quickly when used as a dry hop, and provides better hop utilization.  The low pelletizing temperatures also work to preserve hop oils, aromatics, and alpha.

Cavalier Brewing was set the challenge to craft something great with this new hop and rise to that challenge they have with a new specialty limited release beer to be launched for Good Beer Week in collaboration with Prosciutto Brothers on Wed 18th May – get tickets here: https://www.goodbeerweek.com.au/events/view/493/The-Cavalier-Prosciutto-Brothers-Salami-Slam-Beer-Extravaganza

Not only has Cavalier Brewing brewed an Idaho IPA to showcase Idaho 7 they have kindly shared their recipe for budding homebrewers to ‘have a crack’ and see if you too can brew it! Can you? Here are the brewers notes sans the tunes they enjoyed on brew day – if you brew some please do drop in and say g’day to Andrew, Steve or Heath @CavalierBrewing and share a drop of your own finest Idaho IPA with Cavalier with some you can brew it too attitude J cheers!

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Idaho#7 IPA

Selected Style and BJCP Guidelines

  • 14B-India Pale Ale(IPA)-American IPA

Vital Stats:

  • SG: 1.063 | FG: 1.009
  • Expected ABV: 7%
  • Expected IBU: 55 IBU
  • Expected Colour: 13 EBC | 7 SRM
  • Mash Efficiency: 70 %
  • Boil Duration: 60 mins
  • Fermentation Temperature: 18 degrees Celsius

Fermentable

Ingredient                                    Amount                   %

  • Gladfield American Ale           4.95 kg                  80 %
  • Gladfield Gladiator                   0.65 kg                  10 %
  • Gladfield Light Crystal             0.65 kg                  10 %
  • Total Grain Bill                          6.25 kg                 100%

 

Hops

Variety                                       Alpha    Amount               IBU         Form                                     When

  • Crosby Nugget                      13.9 %   20 gm                    32           Loose Pellet Hops             First Wort Hopped
  • Idaho #7                                14.3 %   20 gm                    12           Loose Pellet Hops             10 Min from End of Boil
  • Crosby Chinook                    13.4 %   20 gm                    11           Loose Pellet Hops             10 Min from End of Boil
  • Idaho #7                                14.3 %   60 gm                    0             Loose Pellet Hops             Dry-Hopped at 3g/L after primary fermentation for 72 hours, feel free to double dry hop with two lots of 2g/L for another 72 hours if you prefer your IPA double-dry hopped.

 

Yeast

Method:

  1. Mash – the brewer should do normal mash regime, mashing at 66 C for at least 65 mins
  2. Sparge – once again the brewer should do normal regime at around 76C
  3. Boil – vigorous boil for 60 mins
  4. Hops: Add 20g of Nugget or clean bittering hops @60 mins, 20g of Idaho 7 and 20g of Chinook @10 mins
  5. Pitch Yeast & Fermentation – Aerate well and ferment at 18C until FG is reached or terminal gravity is table for two days.
  6. Yeast off and dry hop after primary for 72 hours with 3g/L of Idaho 7. If your fancy is double dry hopped AIPA then dry hop with 2g/L for 72 hours followed by a second dry hop of 2g/L for another 72 hours.
  7. Crash chill and bottle or keg as normal.
  8. Mature for 10 days before carbonating.

Do you want to brew this yourself?  Have not got the time to assemble the bits and pieces to brew it?  Don’t worry we took the hassle out of the process already for you – jump online here to buy the kit and have it delivered to your brewhouse door! Can you brew it? Brew like a pro! Shop now … Idaho IPA BeerCo Kit

Sources & Bibliography:

http://www.usahops.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=hop_farming&pageID=11 viewed on 3/5/16