hop reactor - powered by lupulin

Hop Reactor

Red Ale hydrometer
hop reactor - powered by lupulin

Hop Reactor Red IPA

Hop reactor is a red IPA powered by lupulin. Enjoy!

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Mash Bill

  • 12 lb 2-row pale malt
  • 2 lb Munich malt
  • 1 lb crystal malt 40 L
  • 0.5 lb crystal malt 120L
  • 0.25 lb chocolate malt

Mash at 152 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes, sparge as required by your system to reach a boil volume of 6.5 gallons.

Extract

For extract brewing, replace pale malt with 8.25 lbs of light liquid malt extract. Steep the specialty grains for 30 minutes at 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hops

  • 1 oz Simcoe 13% AA – 60 minutes
  • 1 oz Centennial 10.5% AA – 10 minutes
  • 0.5 oz Citra 13% AA – 10 minutes
  • 1 oz Centennial 10.5% AA – 0 minutes
  • 0.5 oz Citra 13% AA – 0 minutes
  • 1 oz Centennial 10.5% AA – Dry Hop
  • 2 oz Citra 13% AA – Dry Hop

Dry hop after krausen has fallen back into the beer. Allow the hops to rest in the beer until fermentation is finished.

Yeast

Ferment with a clean ale yeast. I’ve used Safale US-05 with good results at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

But my new favorite yeast is Omega Yeast Labs OYL-057 Hothead Ale Yeast. From the first batch I made with this yeast, the clean fruity character made me realize it’s a great complement to an aggressive hop schedule with American-style hops.

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