It’s been almost a full month since we brewed our “Inauguration IPA.” We let it sit in the primary fermenter for about 10 days, and then transferred it over to the secondary vessel where we dry-hopped the beer with 2-ounces of Cascade Hops and let it sit for another 10 days. Dry Hopping is basically adding additional hops to the beer at non-boiling temperatures once it has completed fermentation. The reason I wanted to dry hop this beer was to give it a nice floral/citrus aroma that many people associate with common west-coast IPAs. I love that scent, it’s probably one of my favorite scents in the world! And I’m proud to say that as of bottling day it worked! The beer has developed a very nice “hoppy” smell that many of you are familiar with when drinking IPAs.
Bottling- David’s Debut IPA- Part 2
The day before “bottling day”, Kelli and I spent several hours preparing over 50 bottles(!) by removing the labels, washing them, and sanitizing them. I was so grateful to have her help because this was a bigger job than I had anticipated! It made me decide that as soon as I can afford it I am going to invest in a 5 gallon keg and kegerator so I don’t ever have to deal with that again. It seems like most home brewers end up going this route eventually anyway to avoid the hassle of dealing with bottles.
Bottling only took us about an hour because I already had everything sanitized and ready to go by the time my brewing buddy Jeff showed up. It’s actually pretty easy to bottle once you have all of the bottles dealt with. You simply boil some priming sugar and water and then add it to the “bottling bucket”. We then siphon the beer from the secondary vessel on top of the priming sugar into the bottling bucket and mix it up. At that point we’re ready to put the beer into the bottles and cap them! The remaining yeast in the beer will act on the priming sugar to create carbonation in the bottle within 1-3 weeks.
I can’t wait to try it! We’re having a Tasting Party/4th of July Party at Kelli’s Parents’ house on 4th of July weekend. This will be the debut of the IPA for family and friends. I hope everybody likes it. Part 3 of the brewing series will be on the Tasting Party, and how the beer turned out.
In the spirit of the Made in Sonoma Blog, I leave you with the following questions:
What is your favorite style of beer? Do you have a favorite beer?
Shout out in the comments below to let me know you care!