Homebrew: Beginning the Oaked IPA

I thoroughly enjoy homebrewing, and I took the time to take pictures of this session so that I could share my hobby with others.

The first step is to get your notebook and your brewkit. I like to keep notes of my brewing. It’s not necessary, but it’s nice to go back and look.


Next, clean and sanitize your primary fermentor, air lock, and spoon. I washed it with Ajax dish soap, then sanitized with one-step.

Cleaning the primary

After washing the primary, I put ice in it and filled it to the 2 gallon mark with water. I then set it outside. I did this because I have a wort chiller on order and will need a way to chill my wort. This will come in handy later.

Next, lay out all of your ingredients.

All of the ingredients

Time to start brewing. Get a pot of water to around 150F and steep your grains to create the wort.

Grains Steeping
Not exact, but close.

After steeping for 20 minutes, remove and discard. Then bring the water up to a nice rolling boil. At this point you will add your remaining malt. Whether they are dry, wet, or a mixture depends on the kit. I am brewing an IPA and mine had both.

Dry malt extract
Liquid Extract

Next you will add your bittering hops. Mine were Columbus, which were awesome smelling, and Cascade. It will look swampy and smell delicious.

Mmm, hoppy

This boils for 55 minutes. At the last 5 minutes, you boil in the flavoring hops. After it has boiled for an hour, remove the wort and cool it rapidly to 70F. This is where the ice water comes in, I simply poured the wort into the water. I then added enough cold water to make 5 gallons.

Room temp wort

Finally, add the yeast, give ‘er a stir, and set it in a dark cool place. It will sit in the primary for 2 weeks.

In the brew closet

And here’s a treat. Two days later, it was bubbling. It does this because yeast eats sugar and gives off alcohol and carbon dioxide.

3 thoughts on “Homebrew: Beginning the Oaked IPA”

    1. Well, taste depends on what kit you get. IPA is well, an IPA, hoppy and delicious. They have lots of kits, check out http://www.brewersbestkits.com for more info. I think that it tastes better than a real brand, but maybe I’m just biased. The kits are around $40 and they yield around 5 gallons of beer. Do some quick math and thats 10 6-packs of beer… good beer. Try finding a 6 pack of good beer, let alone any beer, for less than 4 dollars.

      Now, the kit you need to make it will run you less than $100. I don’t do it to save money on beer, I do it because it’s a hobby and I can modify the recipes as I see fit. Oh, and it’s fun.

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