Our clone version of the famous Vermont IIPA is a hops delivery truck in a glass. With huge hop notes of fruity citrus and pine, firm bitterness, and a finish that satisfies, this beer defines Double IPA. With over a full pound of hops, this beer will have you swooning at the first sip!
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.
The Vermont Ale Yeast is part of the flavor profile of this beer. No other yeast strain will be the same, but if dry yeast is required, US-05 will also make a good beer. A 2L yeast starter or two packages of Vermont Ale Yeast is highly recommended
All orders containing Liquid Yeast will be shipped with a complimentary ice pack to ensure safe shipping!
Heady Topper Double IPA Clone - Extract Recipe Kit Instructions
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- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 148ºF
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.076 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.014 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 8.7%
- Bitterness: 150+ IBUs
- Estimated Color: 6.5 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Light DME
- Maris Otter
- Caramel 10L
- Columbus Hop Pellets
- Simcoe Hop Pellets
- Amarillo Hop Pellets
- Apollo Hop Pellets
- Centennial Hop Pellets
Trying to make a clone of the famous heady topper is quite the task, and this kit does so nicely! The review of a 70% match is pretty close but consider by itself without comparison to the original this is a delicious IPA!
I used to get HT shipped to me by a buddy in Vermont, but then he moved and I was stuck trying to brew something that resembled it. I've brewed a couple clones from other forums, but none of them came close. Gave this one a shot with the Vermont yeast... OMG! It's like drinking it fresh from the brewery!