Tuesday, December 27, 2011

#55: Two Hearted IPA clone

Wow...  it's been a while since I brewed.  It's been even longer since I brewed an IPA.  One of my favorite IPAs is Two Hearted from Bell's Brewery.  I've wanted to brew one of the countless recipes related to this brew for some time, and I have 2oz of Centennial staring at me in the freezer every time I open it, so here goes.  This is pretty much the BYO recipe, though I am using Notty because it is what I have on hand...

Midway through the hop boil at this point.  Minor catastrophe with a split grain bag (I was experimenting with  a new tool to keep my bag off of the bottom of the pot, and it apparently caught on the bag...  back to the drawing board), but another grain bag as a filter clipped to the top of another brew pot strained things real nice.  Didn't get my usual sparge and lost some wort to the accident, but RDWHAHB...

EDIT:  Well...  with the volume lost with the bag split and the subsequent lack of sparge, my volume was way off.  I figured I could either a) make only a gallon or so of beer that hit my hydro reading pretty well, or b) add water to the wort to reach my volume and make this a light IPA.  I went for option B.  Thus, I am looking at a 4% abv beer.  I also lost a metal binder clip I use to hold the hops bag into the wort and had to fish it out after realizing several minutes later.  Assuming no ill effects from that either.  I tasted the last hydro pull just to make sure there were no off-flavors, but didn't detect any.

Alas, I have a session IPA.  I hope the bitter is not off the chart for this OG...

Again...  RDWHAHB...

EDIT x2:  I have had a day and a half of no activity, which in theory isn't the end of the world, but since this beer has already had issues, I decided to experiment a touch to see if I could get things going, and also to give the ABV a bump. So, I followed normal yeast starter procedures with 1 cup DME and some boiling water, and I also added a pack of booster. Once boiled and cooled, I added an additional pack of Notty, aerated the snot out of it, then added to the fermenter. I ended up mid-Q, so my level is in the 2.4 to 2.5 gallon level. I took a new hydro reading, knowing it wouldn't be 100% accurate with the yeast already added, but it should be close enough. Success on my estimates, as I got it to 6.5%, which was my target. Recipe below adjusted. I see activity already.

Two Hearted                                                         
American IPA

Type: All Grain Date: 12/27/2011
Batch Size: 2.40 gal

Amount       Item          Type             % or IBU
0.50 lb Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) Dry Extract 7.08 %
4.50 lb Malteurop 2-Row (2.0 SRM) Grain 63.74 %
0.75 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 10.62 %
0.25 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.54 %
0.25 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3.54 %
0.66 oz Centennial [8.80 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
0.41 oz Centennial [8.80 %] (60 min) Hops 22.3 IBU
0.20 oz Centennial [8.80 %] (45 min) Hops 10.2 IBU
0.20 oz Centennial [8.80 %] (30 min) Hops 8.6 IBU
0.20 oz Centennial [8.80 %] (15 min) Hops 5.5 IBU
0.20 oz Centennial [8.80 %] (0 min) Hops -
0.81 lb Booster (0.0 SRM) Sugar 11.47 %
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.089 SG Revised Est Original Gravity: 1.066 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.021 SG Revised Est Final Gravity: 1.016 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.91 % Revised Est Alcohol by Vol: 6.53 %
Bitterness: 46.6 IBU Calories: 298 cal/pint
Est Color: 5.5 SRM


Wow... two weeks in the bottle, and this is great!

EDIT:  Fast-forward to 4.5 months in the bottle.  Still very, very tasty.  Acquired a Two Hearted this weekend, so I did a little side-by-side...  Mine is a bit more pale than theirs and clearer.  Aroma is spot on.  Flavor is pretty darn close as well, though their carries a bit more malt character, which isn't surprising considering the challenges on brew day.  Really, really happy with this attempt.  I hope to have a cleaner brew day next time, but I will definitely roll with this recipe again.


  1. Levelled out a bit short of the anticipated FG, so it looks like I may end up short of 6%. No worries. Tastes like an IPA. May bottle this weekend.

  2. Hmm... This IPA has been great. 3/4 of the batch has been consumed. But this past weekend, I started getting gushers. Last three bottles opened. Bummer. Infection? Overcarbed? Too long in warm conditioning? Unsure...