IPA/Indian Pale Ale – All Grain – 5 Gallons


You will love this IPA, and that’s about it, there is nothing much else to say!

Of course everyone knows, but just incase – IPA = Indian Pale Ale.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_Pale_Ale

If you want to do a bigger or a smaller batch, divide all ingredients by 5 and then multiply by your batch size, (example * 1 for 1 gallon, * 3 for 3 gallons, * 10 for 10 gallons), this includes water used during mash, and sparge.

We employ a batch sparge method.

  1. The mash strike water mixed with the grains.
  2. The mash out water followed by drain.
  3. The sparge water followed by drain.

On #2 and #3 we re-circulate until the wort is nice and clear before draining off into the boiling kettle.  Google batch sparge if this is new to you or use your own method.

12 lbs 2 Row Pale
2 lbs Crystal 40
1 lb Wheat

Mash at 152 F, with total Boil time of 60 minutes.

  • 1 oz Centenial at 5 minutes from start of boil
  • 1 oz Centenial at 20 minutes from start of boil
  • 2 oz Northern Brewer at 60 minutes, end of boil

No dry hopping in this recipe, but that’s up to you!

If you are thinking how much water do you need for the initial strike and than sparge process, we used a on-line calculator to showcase how easy it to figure out, of course with time as you re-brew the same batch – you can make slight adjustment to bring it to Perfection:


We used 5.5 gallons for strike-in and 4.33 gallons to the Sparge method we use, so total water needed for a 5 gallon batch is about 9.83 gallons or about 9 3/4 gallons…, 1/2 more than the Calculator (just incase).  Just enter the variables you know like (batch size, temperatures you will use, lb of total grain, etc…).

For yeast try to use a good house strain, so that you can re-capture it and use again and again and again, there is no need to be flushing your money $$$ down the drain every time you brew.  We are using a strain of yeast released by the brewery Rouge in Portland, OR – it’s called PACMAN by Wyeast – 0733347, details about it are below:

Beer Styles PACMAN can be used with: American Pale Ale, American Amber Ale, American Brown Ale, Brown Porter, Cream Ale, Irish Red Ale, Strong Scotch Ale, Dry Stout, American Stout, Russian Imperial Stout, American IPA, Imperial IPA, American Barleywine, Fruit Beer, Spice/Herb/or Vegetable Beer, Christmas/Winter Specialty Spice Beer, Other Smoked Beer, Wood-Aged Beer

(1.066 – 1.024) * 131 = 5.75%

OG was 1.066

FG 1.024, expected ABV 6-7 %, but will vary on your yeast/temperature, setup, skill and brew efficiency.

Remember!! No one owns beer brewing, so feel free to experinment, tweak, change away – use different hops if they are appropriate for an IPA.

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