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This beer is a simple beer

The first brew on my new system wasn’t entirely smooth sailing. A learning experience to be sure. I had my concerns that what I created wouldn’t be palatable at all. 2 weeks later I was pleasantly surprised by the result; a lovely session IPA. I used a super simple grain bill and hop schedule. So simple that this beer is ALMOST a SMaSH (single malt and single hop for the unacquainted).

The tasting notes are about what you’d expect. Super clean bitterness from columbus first wort hops. It was mashed low, leaving a refreshing dry and crisp body. I fermented with the Bastogne yeast strain (the same I use in primary with my Orval clone) which imparts this very unique tart and fruity character, and in my experimentation, complements fruity hops exceptionally. The rest of the beer is 100% mosaic hops. I used a pretty significant aroma hop addition of these as well as two rounds of dry hopping. One pound of mosaic hops total were used in this batch, giving the beer lots of juicy tropical fruit character – pineapple, passionfruit, that kind of stuff. Yum.

I’m excited to take what I learnt of my new system with this brew and apply it to my next..! Recipe of the inaugural brew below!




Recipe Details

Batch SizeBoil TimeIBUSRMEst. OGEst. FGABV
54.9 L60 min33.542.781.0421.0094.41


Pale 2-Row8.618 kg92.68
CaraFoam680.4 g7.32


NameAmountTimeUseFormAlpha %
Columbus56.7 g0 minFirst WortPellet15
Mosaic226.8 g1 minAromaPellet12.5
Mosaic113.4 g4 daysDry HopPellet12.5
Mosaic113.4 g2 daysDry HopPellet12.5


Belgian Bastogne Ale Yeast WLP510 (WLP510)White Labs77%18.89°C - 22.22°C


64.44°C60 min


Aging0 days0°C



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  1. Awesome! I have been going simpler and simpler of late, and trying to get more interesting results from quality base malts, with just a touch of specialty. Good luck with the system!

    • Justin

      Yep. I’ll use 5% carafoam in pretty well anything.

  2. Great yeast choice. I have also found that WLP515 and Wyeast Leuven pale (fermented low) make nice session pales/IPAs

    • Justin


      I’ve been meaning to try out the Antwerp strain!

  3. Are you planning a post on how your first brew day went? Interested to hear what issues you came across.

    • I made calculation errors on the first that threw everything off. I will probably post after my second or third brew with the system detailing any adjustments I had to make… soon!

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