Gowanus Brewery

Chinook IPA – Recipe by Jeremy
December 3, 2007, 12:00 am
Filed under: ipa, recipe

The Chinook IPA ingredient kit included the following:

0.75 lbs. Dingemans Caramel Pils

0.25 lbs. Briess Caramel 120

6 lbs. Pilsen Malt Syrup

1 lb. Pilsen Dry Malt Extract

1 0z. Chinook Hops (60 min)

0.5 oz. Chinook Hops (10 min)

0.5 ox. Chinook Hops (1 min)

1 oz. Chinook Hops (dry hop)

Wyeast #1056 American Ale Yeast

Oh man. Looking at this list now I realize I forgot to dry hop the final ounce of hops. Way to go champ. It may have been irrelevant because the seal was broken on that last pack of hops. I may have skipped the step if I had remembered to do it. Eh, but, probably not.

In a previous post I discussed Chinooks Hops and now I am going to take a look at Pilsener malt extracts.

According to Wikipedia:

Pilsener malt, the basis of Pilsener lager, is quite pale and strongly flavored. Invented in the 1840s, Pilsener malt is the lightest-colored generally-available malt, and also carries a strong, sweet malt flavor. Usually a Pilsener beer’s grain bill consists entirely of this malt, which has enough enzymatic power to be used as a base malt. The commercial desirability of light-colored beers has also led to some British brewers adopting Pilsener malt (sometimes described simply as “lager malt” in Britain) in creating golden ales. In Germany, Pilsener malt is also used in some interpretations of the Kölsch style.

Northern Brewer, from whom I bought the kit, had the following to say:

This is the lightest-colored 100% malted barley extract available — 1.5 – 3.0° L. Produces a very crisp clear wort with a subtle, malty flavor and is an excellent base for all beers, especially pale styles.

I looked briefly for other online references with information on Pilsener malt extract, because these two together don’t really give me a clear picture of what to expect. For some reason, I couldn’t find anything more. I know at least that that this is a pale malt that produces a clear wort. It can stand alone on a grain bill and makes an excellent base for golden or pale ales. What I don’t know is what type of wheat it is based on and what sort of flavor characteristics it produces. Northern Brewer says it produces a subtle malty flavor, while Wikipedia says it carries a strong, sweet malt flavor. Obviously I would defer to Northern Brewer on this one since it’s their product, but I have to keep my eyes and ears open for a third perspective on this one.

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Have you checked out the websites of the various malting companies? Briess has some info about Pilsen extracts, but I don’t know how detailed it is.

Hey, I’ve got a “not quite a brewery” brewery, too. Bottled Llama Brewing. We just made a mild and it came out very close to perfect.

Comment by grayhunter

No, I haven’t checked, but I will take a look. Thanks for the idea. And Bottled Llama Brewing sounds excellent. Where are you brewing?

Comment by gowanusbrewer

Hello. I’m from Post-Its blog and noticed that somebody got in there from your website, i don’t know if is some link or the Next blog feature on wordpress, but it was a wonderful surprise to know Gowanus Brewery.

I’m a beer lover, i want to become a specialist and some of my projects for 2008 is about beer and brew: to learn a lot about, to experience some german, french and maybe belgians and swisses beers in january (i’m going to southwest Germany) and, to start my home brewery.

Said that, i gotta say that i’ve found a lot of cool tips in here and hope we can keep contact while i enter this fantastic world of home brew.

Thank you and cheers from this beer lover from Brasil.

See Ya.

Celso Bessa

Comment by Celso Bessa

Hello! It’s below freezing here in Brooklyn right now. What I wouldn’t give to be in Brasil.

I am happy to hear you read something helpful here. Please do stay in touch and I hope you have fun in Germany.

Comment by gowanusbrewer

Well, if my trip to Germany happens to have not fun, at least, i will cry and complain drink german beers. 🙂

But if this is the worst scenario, i gotta say: thanks God!

See Ya, and keep brewing.



Comment by Celso Bessa

[…] hops to beer at the same time you move it to secondary. This is known as “dry hopping”. As I said, I forgot to do this step with the Chinook IPA, but, even two weeks after moving to secondary, I […]

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Jeremy, sorry I didn’t get your comment a few weeks ago regarding Bottled Llama Brewing. It’s me and my friend and we’re brewing in Arizona. We were working on plans to get into full scale production, but are still just homebrewing for the moment.

Comment by grayhunter

I live in P.A. and do a little home brewing myself. By no means a brewmaster as of yet.lol I was wondering where you purchasedyour hops. I know the price has risen and they are very hard to get. The supply co. here has a very limited selection. I am needing to make a pale ale, so to find Chinook , would be a great thing. I would even travel possibly. Thank you…

Comment by Patricia

Hi Patricia. I buy my hops online at Northern Brewer. They have a decent selection, although I’m not sure you’ll find any deals there. You should consider taking a look at Brew Your Own magazine’s hop alternative chart to find a cheaper sub for Chinook: http://www.byo.com/referenceguide/hops/

For some weird reason there aren’t any homebrew shops in NYC, so I don’t have a choice in the matter. Everything’s online for me. But I’ve got no complaints!

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