Octane IPA

Published April 16, 2012 by jenmatteson

After having one brew under our belts, Nate and I were quite excited to start our second, and hopefully not screw it up this time.  We did get another kit, as we figured we should master brewing a kit before we move on to picking out our own ingredients.  This time we chose and Octane IPA; superbly high in hop and malt.  We added 1 oz of oak chips to the secondary fermentation, which should add a hint of woodiness, which is said to have been present in the original IPAs that were sent to British troops in oak caskets while stationed in India.  Bet you didn’t know that!

I’m a big IPA fan, and I must say that we did quite a good job on this brew.  The alcohol content was about 7.5%, and the hops were strong, but not overpowering.  This would be a beer I wouldn’t mind having on tap regularly!

I’m not going to repeat all the steps in every brew, as most will be pretty much the same for each beer, but with different ingredients.  Picture and ingredients below 🙂

Octane IPA

1 oz Oak Chips
Priming Sugar
Wyeast British Ale #1098

6 lbs Gold Liquid Malt Extract (LME)
3.3 lbs Amber LME

Specialty Grains:
8 oz Carmel 40L

2 oz Cascade
1 oz Willamette
1 oz Goldings

3 comments on “Octane IPA

  • Jen – Thanks for letting me try your beer. It was awesome and I’m really impressed. The flavor was great and I wouldn’t assume it was home brewed unless I was told. The look and higher alcohol content reminded me of a Belgian ale.

    • Thanks so much, Gary! I’m glad you liked it. I see it didn’t last until Saturday as you originally planned. I’ll have to keep bringing you some of our new concoctions as they’re ready to drink. Mexican Cerveza was just bottled last weekend – should be ready in about three weeks!

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