My Fiance and I's wedding is right around the corner, so it's definitely time to finish planning the beers for reception. As I mentioned a couple of months ago, I decided that my Enjoy By clone would be the IPA I would make. It's just so damn delicious once it hits your lips. Why brew it again since I just brewed a super successful clone of this beer a few months ago? Well, I'd like to brew it with WLP090, and I just wanted to be double sure it wouldn't have any unintended consequences. (Plus, why not have 5 more delicious gallons of this beer on tap?)
Aside from the yeast change, I'm brewing the exact same recipe as last time. I put together a 3L starter of WLP090 about 4 days before I brewed this to have time to crash it out by Sunday. Other that some lovely late-July heat and humidity, it was a smooth brew day. I seriously can not wait for fall to get here; I'm sure everyone that brews outdoors in AZ can empathize. Anyway, I did a 75min mash at 147*, followed by a slow sparge, and a 90 minute boil. I whirlpooled the wort for a full 20 minutes before kicking on the chiller to knock the batch down to 64*. I've found WLP090 is very oxygen hungry, so I hit the wort for a good 120sec with the O2 wand before pitching the yeast and setting my fermentation fridge at 63* or so.
I hit my target OG dead on, which is always nice. This fermented out pretty damn fast, so I raised the fermentation temperature as things slowed down. After 4-5 days I hit FG (1.010), and after 7 days I racked the beer to a CO2-purged keg for dry hopping. Since this beer only uses two dry hop additions (and I only made 5 gallons), I used my Stainless Dry Hopper thing. After 3 days, I opened the keg back up, and added the second dose of dry hops. On day 7 of the dry hop, I crashed the keg, pulled out the Dry Hopper, and finally added gelatin and CO2.
Dry Hopped: 08-04-13
8.25lbs English Pale Malt (3.5L)
Mash at 147* for 75min
2oz Belma (Calypso) - Mash Hopped
10ml Hop Extract @ 90min
1oz ea. Simcoe, Belma (Delta), Northern Brewer(Target), Amarillo @ 15
1.25oz ea. Citra, Cascade, Centennial (Motueka) @ Flameout
Whirlpool for 20min
WLP090 - Super San Diego Yeast
Dry Hop 1: 1.5oz ea Nelson Sauvin & Galaxy
Dry Hop 2: 1.5oz ea Nelson Sauvin & Galaxy
I'd say this beer started coming together after 4-5 days, while really hitting it's stride after 10. The clarity never quite got to the point that the WLP007 batch did, but it's still a great looking beer. As for the flavor and aroma: nearly no difference. The aroma is identical, as it's just all Nelson and Galaxy. There's maybe a hint of difference in the flavor near the end? Maybe a little less perceived sweetness? I'm not sure; I'm really digging to try to find something.
So what did I learn from this: First off, this recipe comes out nearly identical with WLP090 as opposed to WLP007. I'm excited about that because WLP090 is my new house yeast. Secondly, I'm pulling the trigger on this for my wedding IPA. No changes. Finally, it wasn't a fluke the first time. This is hands-down one of the best beers I've brewed. Thank you Stone for ushering this recipe into my life because it's amazing.