Our Imperial IPA recipe is a hop lovers dream beer! Imperial IPAs (also known as "double" or "extra" IPAs) are brewed using larger amounts of hops and malts. This beer is not for the faint of heart with it's 9% ABV, and a very strong hop flavor profile made up of 3/4 pound of a variety of hops.
You'll taste an avalanche of glorious citrus from the hops, and with such a high OG, you'll want to use a yeast starter to ensure attenuation, or use another package of yeast.
With 12 ounces of hops being used, plan on starting your fermentation with 5.5 gallons and the hops will do their work by sucking up your precious beer, and in the end, you should have 5 gallons worth to bottle or keg.
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Imperial IPA - Extract Recipe Kit Instructions
Is this your first Homebrew Beer Recipe Kit? Check out our New to Brewing Guide to see a step by step road-map to brewing your first batch of beer!
Imperial IPAs (commonly referred to as "double" or "extra" IPAs) are a hopheads dream; complex hop additions in copious amounts, strong alcohol content, and a crisp finish. The hop characteristics shine through with these beers, and are at the forefront of it's flavoring.
- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.080 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 8.7%
- Bitterness: 100+ IBUs
- Estimated Color: 7.2 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Light Dry Malt Extract
- 2 Row Carapils
- Caramel 40L
- Light Munich
- German Magnum Hop Pellets
- Warrior® Hop Pellets
- Cascade Hop Pellets
- Centennial Hop Pellets
- Simcoe® Hop Pellets
This kit was my first attempt at home brewing. For my first batch, I was definitely a little nervous to ensure I was doing everything correctly. It has been bottled for 8 days now, but I couldn't wait any longer and cracked one open. I am elated to find that my first brew is actually pretty good!
Unfortunately, I didn't have a filter when I did this batch so the beer isn't as clear as I'd like - especially given the amount of ingredients. There was a lot of trub but I managed to siphon it relatively well and it's not nearly as cloudy as I thought it would be. I'm curious to see what it'd look like now that I have a high quality filter.
The aroma is a strong in hops. Despite only 8 days since I bottled, the head is fantastic. Nice thick foam and tiny bubbles. Could almost mistake it for a nitro. The flavor is bold and very hoppy. Being a big fan of Dogfish Head's 90-minute, I was hoping this would be similar but this is definitely more hoppy. I'd probably use less hops if I were to make this again. But overall, I'm happy with the results.
The OG was 1.085 and it came out at just about 8%
So far just been in ferm for a bit over 24 hrs and already going to need a blowoff tube at about 66 degrees avg as krausen is testing the top of my 6.5 gal carboy constantly. Came with just a ridiculous amount of hops giving the wort amazing flavor and aroma. Diverse hop selection as well. Came out very clear with a nice golden color. I came in a bit under OG at 1070, but only my second batch so still much to learn. If you are looking for a ridiculous IPA, this is the kit for you.