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 🙂
1 oz Oak Chips
Wyeast British Ale #1098
6 lbs Gold Liquid Malt Extract (LME)
3.3 lbs Amber LME
8 oz Carmel 40L
2 oz Cascade
1 oz Willamette
1 oz Goldings