Cloning an IIPA I’ve never tasted

Stone ruination, an IIPA that rates incredibly well, and has an abundance of information on cloning. A beer, that unfortunately, is not available in Ontario, and that I haven’t actually tried. Despite this, when planning on making an over-the-top hoppy ale for brew number 3, I figured this beer would be a perfect model. I can’t really say how close my beer got to the real thing because I haven’t tried it. Though I suspect I was far off in one aspect – aroma. My current set up is sub-optimal for dry hopping… so I just don’t do it. I try to make up for it with late boil additions, but it is not the same… and a lot of those aromas end up being lost when you have a vigorous fermentation (such as in this case when using a large starter on a beer nearing 1.080 OG). Despite this, the beer is quite decent, and I assume it tastes like Stone Ruination that has sat on the shelf for a couple weeks and lost some hop character in the nose. I won’t mention many particulars about this beer, but the head on it is straight-up meringue-like. Maybe I should be toning back the carafoam a bit? Anyways, I will brew this beer again next year, and I trust by then I have figured out a way to get the hop aroma into it… perhaps through the use of a randall when transferring to serving kegs.

 

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Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
11.5 gal 60 min 90.3 IBUs 8.0 SRM 1.077 1.010 8.8 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 26 lbs 86.67
Carafoam 2 lbs 6.67
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 2 lbs 6.67

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Columbus (Tomahawk) 2 oz 60 min First Wort Pellet 16.7
Centennial 2 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 10.9
Centennial 3 oz 10 min Boil Pellet 10.9
Centennial 3 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 10.9

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Whirlfloc Tablet 2.00 Items 15 min Boil Fining

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
San Diego Super Yeast (WLP090) White Labs 80% 65°F - 68°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Mash In 148°F 75 min
Mash Out 168°F 10 min

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