An original take on the Northeastern IPA craze, this Crazy Hazy IPA has a strong citrus aroma with notes of grapefruit, mandarin orange and tangerine and just a hint of blueberry. This quaffable IPA is very light in color, cloudy, and delightfully hoppy in the aroma and flavor. The hops dominate with a strong flavor/aroma punch that is complemented by a soft silky mouthfeel.
The last hop addition is a whirlpool addition. Add the hops to the hot wort after the flame goes out, chill to 170-180ºF if possible, and hold (steep) the hops for 20 minutes, ideally in the 180ºF degree range, then thoroughly chill the wort as usual. Because of the huge amount of hops, this recipe is designed to make 5.5 gallons of finished wort at the end of the boil. Increase your boil volume as needed to allow for these trub losses. You may wish to strain the wort before adding to the fermenter by pouring through a sanitized strainer or line a bucket fermenter with a sanitized paint strainer bag and then lift out after transferring the wort to remove many of the solids.
If starting with distilled/Reverse-Osmosis water or other soft water, we recommend adding calcium chloride and gypsum to the water to get that distinctive “soft” mouthfeel while accentuating the hops. This can be left out if you do not know the make up of your starting water.
One factor that can help make your beer appear perfectly hazy is something called Biotransformation. This is where dry hops normally added a few days before packaging are added a few days into active fermentation (2-3 days after pitching, or when the Krauzen starts to drop down). The available proteins from the yeast at this early stage of fermentation permanently bind with the polyphenols from the hops. causing a permanent haze.
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A 2L yeast starter or two packages of yeast is highly recommended
Crazy Hazy IPA - Extract Recipe Kit Instructions
- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 150ºF for 75 minutes
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.067 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.010-1.012 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 7.3-7.5%
- Bitterness: 69.9 IBUs
- Estimated Color: 4.6 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Extra Light DME
- Pale Malt
- Flaked Oats
- Flaked Barley
- Flaked Wheat
- Honey Malt
- Mosaic Hop Pellets
- Citra Hop Pellets
- Mandarina Bavaria Hop Pellets
Brewing this beer was great and I also followed the suggestion of adding flour to increase cloudiness. During fermentation the beer did get a great tan cloudy haze to it(using barbarian yeast) but after 5 days, the activity died out and the beer lost its cloudy character, and even more so after cold crashing. End product, though not as fruity as I hoped, considered a great IPA, not bitter, and refreshing!
Only 4 stars because I haven’t actually tasted the beer at this time, it is still gestating. I tend to let my beers ferment longer and also rack rest to remove excess sentiments which ~may~ reduce the haze and hop appeal however it generally helps produce a consistent and mature beer. Regardless, this kit was very well represented. I would categorize this kit as a “partial mash” kit versus an “extract recipe “. For those not quite ready to take the All Grain plunge, this would be an excellent stepping stone. Enjoy.
I had a few questions on this recipe and support was there to help me with every question
First off this is a good IPA, but not super. I was hoping for a juicy NE IPA and this recipe did not deliver that. There was some depth of flavor missing from the beer. The flavor was shallow not complex as I had hoped. Perhaps something to add some body to the recipe may be in order. As I said it is good, but not as good as Julius from Treehouse. I was hoping to come closer to that.
very bright, surprisingly quaffable. great summer IPA.