If you’re looking for a unique and flavorful beer to try your hand at brewing, this Brett IPA recipe is definitely worth a shot. Fermented with 100% Brettanomyces yeast, this IPA has a wonderful complexity that changes as it ages, providing a variety of interesting characters depending on the strain of Brett used. The recipe below yields 40 pints of delicious Brett IPA, with an estimated ABV of 5.7% and a bitterness rating of 35.5 IBU.
- 1 Mash tun or large pot
- 1 Strainer or lautering system
- 1 Large brew kettle
- 1 Immersion or counterflow chiller
- 1 Fermenter (with airlock)
- 1 Hydrometer and testing jar
- 1 Thermometer
- 1 Auto-siphon or racking cane
- 1 Bottling bucket or kegging system
- 1 Bottle capper or kegging system
- 1 Sanitizer (e.g. Star San)
- 1 Brewing spoon or paddle
- 1 Measuring cups and spoons
- 1 Digital scale
- 1 pH meter (optional but recommended for advanced brewers)
- 1 Hop bags or strainer bag (optional but recommended)
- 1 Grain mill (optional but recommended for all-grain brewing)
For the Mash – Liquor 13.75 Litres (24 Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 66°C (151°F)
- 8 lb Pale malt (low colour) Quantity 4 kg
- 2 3/4 lb Wheat malt Quantity 1.25 kg
- 9 oz Caramalt malt Quantity 250 g
For the Boil – 27 Litres (47 1/2 Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 15 mins
- 1/4 oz (Hops )Citra 13.8% When to add – Last 10 mins of boil (IBU 4)
- 1/4 oz (Hops )Amarillo 10.1% When to add – Last 10 mins of boil (IBU 2.7)
- 1 3/4 oz (Hops )Citra 13.8% When to add – At turn off (IBU 17.2)
- 1 3/4 oz (Hops )Amarillo 10.1% When to add – At turn off (IBU 11.6)
- 1 Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil
To Ferment – 20°C (68°F) – Conditioning 4 weeks at 4°C (39°F)
- 1 Yeast Bay WLP4637 – Amalgamation – Brett Super Blend Yeast
- 1 3/4 oz (Hops )Citra 13.8% When to add – For last 3 days
- 1 3/4 oz (Hops )Amarillo 10.1% When to add – For last 3 days
- 1 3/4 oz (Hops )Chinook 13.1% When to add – For last 3 days
- Heat 13.75 liters (24 pints) of water to 66°C (151°F) and add the following grains: 8lb (4 kg) of pale malt (low color), 2 3/4 lb (1.25 kg) of wheat malt, and 9 oz (250 g) of caramalt malt. Mix well and let it mash for 1 hour.
- After the mash, transfer the mixture to a large pot and add 1/4 oz (7 g) of Citra hops and 1/4 oz (7 g) of Amarillo hops to the pot. Boil for 50 minutes.
- After 50 minutes, add 1 3/4 oz (50 g) of Citra hops and 1 3/4 oz (50 g) of Amarillo hops to the pot, and boil for an additional 10 minutes.
- Add 1 Protofloc tablet to the pot and boil for the last 15 minutes of the boil.
Chill and ferment:
- After the boil, chill the wort to 20°C (68°F) and transfer it to a fermenter. Add the Brett Super Blend yeast (WLP4637) to the fermenter and let it ferment for 28 days at 20°C (68°F).
- After 25 days of fermentation, add 1 3/4 oz (50 g) of Citra hops, 1 3/4 oz (50 g) of Amarillo hops, and 1 3/4 oz (50 g) of Chinook hops to the fermenter. Let it sit for an additional 3 days.
- After 28 days of fermentation, transfer the beer to a bottling bucket or keg, and condition for 4 weeks at 4°C (39°F).
|Makes 🍻||Ready to Drink 🍺||Estimated ABV||Bitterness Rating||Color Rating|
|23 Litres (40 Pints)||5 Weeks||5.7%||35.5 IBU||7.7 EBC|
Unique Flavor Profile
This Brett IPA recipe offers a unique and complex flavor profile that changes over time. The 100% Brettanomyces yeast used in the fermentation process provides a variety of interesting characters, making it a great beer for those who love to experiment with different strains of yeast.
With an estimated ABV of 5.7% and a bitterness rating of 35.5 IBU, this Brett IPA recipe yields 40 pints of delicious beer that is sure to impress. The combination of Citra, Amarillo, and Chinook hops gives the beer a bold and hoppy flavor, while the wheat malt and caramalt malt add a touch of sweetness and complexity.
Fun and Rewarding Brewing Experience
Brewing this Brett IPA recipe is not only fun, but also rewarding. It requires a variety of equipment and techniques, including mashing, boiling, and fermenting, making it a great recipe for brewers who want to challenge themselves and improve their skills.
Versatile Brewing Options
Whether you prefer bottling or kegging your beer, this recipe offers versatile brewing options to suit your preferences. Additionally, advanced brewers can experiment with different strains of Brettanomyces yeast to create a wide variety of interesting and unique flavor profiles.
FAQ on Making this Brett IPA Recipe
What is Brettanomyces yeast and how does it impact the flavor profile of this beer?
Brettanomyces yeast is a type of wild yeast that is known for producing unique and complex flavors in beer. In this recipe, the use of 100% Brettanomyces yeast provides a variety of interesting characters that change over time.
What is the estimated ABV and bitterness rating of this beer?
This Brett IPA recipe has an estimated ABV of 5.7% and a bitterness rating of 35.5 IBU.
What are the different types of hops used in this recipe?
The recommended fermentation time is 28 days at 20°C (68°F) followed by 4 weeks of conditioning at 4°C (39°F).
Can different strains of Brettanomyces yeast be used in this recipe for unique flavor profiles?
Yes, different strains of Brettanomyces yeast can be used in this recipe to create a wide variety of interesting and unique flavor profiles.
What is the role of Protofloc in the brewing process?
Protofloc is a clarifying agent that is added to the beer during the last 15 minutes of the boil to help remove excess proteins and improve clarity.
What is the recommended water-to-grain ratio for mashing?
The recommended water-to-grain ratio for mashing is 13.75 Litres (24 Pints) of liquor to the grains.
Can this recipe be modified for different batch sizes?
Yes, this recipe can be modified for different batch sizes by adjusting the ingredient quantities accordingly.