Homebrew Recipe: IP…L?

I brewed this recipe this past January… and I’m still drinking them as it’s only grown better with age.

Truth be told, this was a screw-up. I had purchased the ingredients for a few different recipes – an IPA, an amber ale, and a Steam Beer – as I usually do, and I stored the WYEAST packets in the corner of the fridge. My intention on this particular day was to brew an IPA, but I popped the priming bag in the packet of California Lager yeast by accident. Unfortunately – at least for the integrity of my original recipe – I didn’t notice this mistake until I went to pour the primed yeast into the wort.

My original intention was to create a strongly malted IPA with a good hop backbone.

The recipe is as follows:

Fermentables –

  • 1 lb of Crystal 20
  • 1/2 lb toasted barley
  • 5 lbs Pils DME
  • 3 lbs Amber DME

Additions –

  • 2 oz Northern Brewer @ boil
  • 1 oz Saaz @ boil
  • 1 tsp Irish Moss @ t-10 min
  • 1 oz Cascade @ t-2 min
  • 1 oz Summit @ t-2 min
  • 1 oz Chinook – dry hop

Yeast –

  • California Lager WYEAST

The brewing process was pretty simple: a 30 minute steep of the grains, addition of the extract, a 60 minute boil, the yeast addition, 14 days in the primary, and 14 days in the secondary to dry-hop.

Homebrew Recipe: California-Style Steam Beer

This California-style Steam Lager was a pleasant surprise for a couple of reasons. First, I have little experience with Steam Beers, and tend to be biased against lagers. I realize that there is no reason for me to dislike lagers, the only real experience I’d had with them had been – of course – those of the mass-produced variety. As a result, I was a bit biased… but can you blame me?
Anyway, I picked up some California Lager yeast (WYEAST 2112) on a whim, and desigend a couple of brews with the cold weather in mind.
The following recipe is for a 5 gallon batch, and it has been one of my most well-recieved beers to date.

Fermentables:steam beer
1/2 lb Crystal 20 – Steep in 3 gallons of water for 30 minutes at 150 degrees
Bring to Boil
Add 7 lbs Pilsner LME
1.5 oz Perle @ boil
.5 oz Cascade @ T-2 min
Allow to Ferment for 2 weeks
2nd Stage for 3 weeks
Good to drink after 2 weeks in bottles.

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For the low amount of hops in the additions, this beer is consistantly hoppy, but enjoyable by all.