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DIY - Russian River Blind Pig IPA - Part 1

October 14, 2016

I can honestly say I am a fan of Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa.  I know everyone is Pliny crazed but Blind Pig really makes me happy.  And since it is not easy to find in my area and driving a couple hours to the brewery isn't always an option -- I decided to brew it at home.  I figure even if I mess it up, it will still be a good IPA.  Just not an amazing IPA the way Russian River does it.  But definitely drinkable.

 

I headed to my local brewing supply store in Concord, CA called More Beer.  

 

Side Note:  Everyone there is great!  I bought my Personal Brewery Starter System there and am so happy I did. It was less than a hundred bucks, I got a Malt Extract ingredient kit and a free homebrewing class. The basic kit came with everything I needed except the syphon and the bottling filler. Together they cost me about $15. I got my kettle from a local Mexican market and it was more affordable than buying a pro kettle from the brewing supply store. It is huge and its original use is for steaming tamales. But it works great from homebrewing. Then I started saving all my brown beer bottles until I had enough for my first batch and simply reuse them. And yes, I used that as an excuse to buy and drink lots of beer in brown bottles.  And all sizes too.

 

I knew I wanted to make an IPA and was thrilled when I saw the recipe pack for RR Blind Pig IPA.  I chose to do the malt extract version and got the two malts I needed.  When buying your recipe and ingredients, don't forget to get the yeast.  Yeast is separate. 

 

So I start looking online for any pointers, tips, tricks and came up with nothing specific to Blind Pig.  And if you have homebrewed before you know that the instructions that come with your kit aren't great. I decided to move forward with some tips I found for another Russian River IPA and mixed with my past experience I decided to just go for it.

 

Please note that homebrewing is a hobby for me.  I drink it and sometimes share.  I don't enter competitions or anything like that. So with that said, I hope this is helpful. And here we go.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

Malt Extract/Additions

 

9 lbs of Ultralight Malt Extract

1 lb of Bavarian Wheat

 

Steeping Grains

 

8 oz Carapils

8 oz Crystal 40L

8 oz White Wheat

 

Hops

 

2 oz  Magnum      Bittering HOps boiled for 60 minutes

.5 oz Cascade     Flavoring hops boiled for last 30 minutes

1 oz  Cascade     Aroma hops are boiled the last 15 minutes

.5 oz Cascade     Dry hops are added to the secondary fermentation

1 oz  Willamette  Dry hops added to the secondary fermentation

 

Yeast 

 

White Labs - California Ale Yeast

 

Wort Clarifying Treatment

 

Clarifier - Whirlfloc (Use 1/2 to 1 tablet) the last 5 minutes of boil

 

Priming Sugar added at bottling

 

4 oz Corn Sugar - boil with 2 cups of water for 5 minutes

 

Specific Recipe Information

 

1 oz American Oak Chips - Add to secondary fermentation for 7 - 10 days

 

Wort Chilling:

 

If you don't have a professional wort chiller, you will need a deep sink or a bathtub and lots of ice.  

 

Estimated ranges

 

Original Gravity (OG):  1.066-70

SRM:  11

IBU's:  100-104

ABV %:  6.5

Fermentation Temperature:  68 degrees fahrenheit

 

 

 

First thing is to make sure you have everything that is supposed to come in