Adding fresh orange juice to the fermenter

With this batch of Hazy IPA, I am trying something new and adding freshly squeezed orange juice into the fermenter along with two ounces of Citra whole hops to finish off my IPA fermentation. My plan is to let it ferment for another 4-5 days before transferring it to the keg. I am also raising my fermentation temperature to 70 F.

I have experimented with adding fruit like nectarines in the past but was disappointed with how little of the fruit flavor makes it to the finished beer with some stone fruits. I am hoping that things will be different with citrus fruit.  I added the juice from 4 ripe medium sized oranges to the fermenter.  I am hoping the flavors of the oranges will compliment my hop selection and the esters from the yeast!

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Hazy IPA All Grain Recipe

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When I started homebrewing (back in my day), beer clarity was important and the sign of a quality beer when it came to styles like lagers, blondes, pales and IPA’s! Whenever I would have an IPA, part of my rating of the beer, brewer and brewery was if they were brewing a clear / clean beer. About three months ago, one of my good friends challenged my belief on what a good IPA looked like and tasted like.  He ordered a Vermont style IPA / Juicy IPA / Hazy IPA / New England IPA / Whatever the hell you want to call your cloudy IPA, and convinced me to do the same.

As the waitress delivered my beer, I remember thinking, I hope this monstrosity does not give me a hangover and hopefully it wont taste too terrible. Then I took my first sip. I was taken aback. It was delicious! I had to quickly take another, larger sip. My brain tried to analyze the surprising flavor as my preconceptions were quickly being erased. I asked my friend,”do they add fruit juice to this?” He answered “no”. I had to ask him if he was sure because it was so juicy.  It was a wonderful mix of tropical and citrus hop flavors bursting from the beer. From that point on, I was a fan of the style and knew that I had to brew one.

So I started doing some research and decided that I was going to start with the “Crazy Hazy IPA” all grain hazy IPA beer kit from Homebrew Supply.  The name did not sell me on the kit, but the recipe and hop additions did.  I made a couple of small tweaks to the recipe, but they were pretty insignificant.

Here is what I ended up with:

Water Additions:
1 tsp Calcium Chloride (Mash 60 min)
1/2 tsp Gypsum (Mash 60 min)

Grain Bill: (Mash at 150F)
12 lb Pale Ale Malt
1 lb Flaked Oats
1 lb Flaked White Wheat
8 oz Flaked Barley
4 oz Honey Malt

Hop Additions:
30 min 1.00oz Mosaic
15 min 1.00oz Citra
5 min 1.00oz Mandarina Bavaria (I love this hop)
Whirlpool 15 min 1.00oz Citra
Whirlpool 15 min 1.00oz Mosaic

Dry Hop Additions:
I know this is not typical, but add the dry hops about 4 days after the start of fermentation.  Begin fermenting at 65F and then boost the temp to 70F when adding the dry hops.
2.00oz Mandarina Bavaria (Did I mention I love this hop?)
1.00oz Mosaic

London Ale III (This is important for fruity ester and haze production)

The beer came out fantastic! If you are considering brewing up a Hazy IPA, I highly recommend this recipe.  Homebrew Supply also has an extract version of the recipe available for extract brewers.  The beer kits can be found here:

Crazy Hazy IPA Home Brewing Recipe

Vermont style Hazy IPA Homebrew

The Hazy IPA finally finished carbonating and it is delicious! #homebrew #homebrewing  #homebrewer #hazy #ipa #hazyipa #beer #brewing 
I am happy with this batch of Homebrew. The IPA came out nice Hoppe and flavorful, not to mention hazy. I will be posting the recipe shortly for anyone who is interested in it.

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Earthquake Tip For Homebrewers

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Earthquake tip, store water in your unused home brewing kegs in case of the big one!


I have lived in Southern California my entire life and have experienced my share of earthquakes. Thankfully there has not been one that has disrupted access to water near me, but the possibility of it happening looms high.  Like any good Californian I have set aside an earthquake kit with water and food just in case it happens but I know that I have family members, friends, neighbors and loved ones who probably have not.

Did you know that a human can survive for only about 3 days with out water?

Most home brewing kegs are built from stainless steel which is an ideal material for storing water. Most home brewing kegs are 5 gallons in size, which means it also makes them easy to store and move around if needed.  I have about 4 extra kegs and when they are not storing beer, I fill them with water that I run through a carbon filter. Carbon filtering is a good idea because it will remove most of the chlorine from the water which can degrade stainless steel over time. Now, if the big one does occur and I know someone who is in need of water, I can lend a helping hand. It could be the difference between life or death and I highly encourage any home brewers to put their unused kegs to use if they live in an environment when they can benefit from an emergency water supply.

If you are ever looking to pick up an extra stainless steel keg, you can usually find one for a great deal here and get free shipping on it.

5 Gallon Homebrewing Kegs

If you need a carbon filter, this is the one that I use and also works great for cleaning up your home brewing water and removing off tastes generated from chlorine.

Carbon Water Filter

Hopefully this earthquake preparation tip will help someone. Just let me know if you have any questions.

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Yeast Starter

St Patrick please bless this beer! Making a Yeast Starter for my Hazy IPA tomorrow. I am using the wyeast London ale III 1318 yeast for this batch. I will let the starter go for about 24 hours and then pitch tomorrow.


Below is another animation of the stir plate about 10 hours after creating the yeast starter.  If you are seeing foam at the top of your starter at this point that is a great sign.  I usually turn off the plate for about 30 minutes just to check for signs of life.  If you are seeing bubbles and foam it means your yeast is alive, active and healthy.  If after 10 hours on a stir plate, at a reasonable temperature (62F-75F for an ale) and you are not seeing any bubbles, I would consider getting new yeast as it is either dead or not to the point it needs to be to ferment.  Keep in mind that yeast has a shelf life, and that it is a living organism that requires certain conditions to stay alive.  Living in Southern California, I am very cautious about ordering yeast online because there have been about 5 separate occasions where my yeast was destroyed in transit because of heat.  If you ever receive a bloated yeast packet, always do a starter just to insure that it is still viable before pitching.  If I am going to order yeast online, I try to make sure that the regional weather will be moderate. One other thing, while on the stir plate, I keep my flask wrapped in a towel during the daytime to help prevent in oxidization impact on the yeast from the sun light.


Homebrewing Yeast Starter and Magnetic Stir Plate

Homebrewing Yeast Starter and Magnetic Stir Plate


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New – Blichmann BrewVision Internet Home Brewing Device

Blichmann BrewVision - Digital Wireless Home Brewing Monitoring System

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The Blichmann Brew Vision home brewing monitoring systems uses bluetooth technology to help you do more and and put the power of BrewVision in the palms of your hands!  BrewVison has an indoor range of about  25 feet and up to 100 feet line of sight range. It is also super accurate with a +/- 0.5F accuracy  range, so you cab be confident your mash and sparge are on target! Blichmann has thought about everything with the BrewVision digital home brewing system. The battery life on this device is 100+ hours using 2 AAA batteries. That means that you can brew about 20 all grain home brewing batches and about 40 extract batches on just one set of batteries.

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Getting ready for the next batch of homebrew.

Getting ready for the next batch of Homebrew. Cleaned up the Brewing rig and made a small modification to the controller changing out one of the buttons and heading in to the back to ensure that the electronics do not get too hot.

Next step is brewing up a batch. I’m going to try my first attempt at a Vermont Style cloudy IPA. I will be sure to post the recipe if it works out.