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Citra Double IPA

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Every now and then I decide to brew a clone recipe of a beer not to see how well I can replicate it, but rather just to be able to try it. The Zombie Dust Recipe I brewed a couple years ago was a good example. I couldn’t actually get my hands on Zombie Dust, so there wasn’t a point in comparing how close I got to the real thing. But given the massive hype it was nice to be able to taste roughly what Zombie Dust was like. Well, after hearing rave reviews of Kern River’s Citra Double IPA over the past few years, I decided to brew up a batch so I could see what it was all about.

 

Considering we’re getting close to the holidays and IPAs disappear quickly around my friends, I didn’t have to think twice about making a full 10 gallon batch of this beer. I’m not going to get too much into the recipe for this batch, as I’m pretty much brewing the Can You Brew it recipe for this beer. I’d definitely recommend listening to the podcast if you get a chance. The brewer gives some really detailed recipe info about the beer. I did take a couple creative liberties with this batch. In an effort to use up some Citra from last year I ramped the beer up a bit. I added some dextrose to increase the ABV and help in sure the beer dries out. I also increased the late additions of Citra to help compliment the higher OG. Other than that, the beer was brewed identical to the CYBI recipe.

 

Brewing these days for me is a bit of a pain. I’m half way in the process of putting together a brew stand for the new house, but we’ve just had too many other things going on to make any meaningful progress. For now I’m still brewing in the garage, and I just haven’t really adjusted. I don’t have as easy access to a hose, there isn’t as much room, and there aren’t as many electrical outlets. Everything takes just a little longer, and I’m not really on my game. On the bright side, I’m getting all the parts together for a nice single tier brew stand, so I’ll be brewing in style soon. Despite all that, this brew day went fairly smooth.

 

Considering the large amount of Carapils and Crystal 10, I chose to mash this beer a little longer than normal, and I raised the mash temp to 155 to help finish conversion. I boiled this for 90 minutes, then whirlpool the wort for 15 minutes before starting to cool this down. Since this was brewed a few months ago, it was quite cool out, and the beer had already dropped to 180F by the end of the whirlpool. I then chilled the batch down to 60F, and then split the 5L starter into the two fermenters.

Brewed: 11-8-15
Dry Hopped: 11-13-15
Kegged: 11-20-15
OG: 1.075
FG: 1.011
ABV: 8.4%
IBU: 80
12 Gallons

25.5lbs 2-row
22oz Carapils
22oz C10
22oz Munich
11oz Honey Malt
11oz Wheat
2lbs Dextrose
Mash at 148* for 65min then 155* for 10min
2oz Apollo @ 90
2oz Citra @ 30
5oz Citra @ 15
5oz Citra @ 0WLP090 – Super San Diego Yeast
Dry Hop 1 (ea fermenter): 1.5oz Citra & .75oz Amarillo
Dry Hop 2 (ea fermenter): 1.5oz Citra & .75oz Amarillo (the second keg got 2.25oz Equinox instead)

 

I followed my typical fermentation schedule for this beer. I started it off at 17.2C, raised the beer to 18.4 after 24hrs, and then eventually up to 19.8C (68F) to finish up. about 4-5 days after brew day i added the first dose of dry hops directly to the primary. Three days later it was clear that fermentation was completed. I racked the beers into clean, sanitized kegs, leaving behind all the yeast and most of the first round of dry hops. I then added the second dose of dry hops in that keg, and sat on those for 4 more days. Finally both beers got racked to another set of cleaned and sanitized kegs.

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So how did this beer turn out? Pretty awesome. It’s no surprise to me that Kern River has won as many awards as they have with this beer. The beer has to quintessential DIPA ‘color’ that just looks right. It’s crystal clear with a nice fluffy head. The aroma is strong tropical fruit and malt sweetness. The flavor is sweet resiny hops mixed with more sweetness from the malt. It might taste sweet, but it finishes pretty dry. There’s some citrus in there, but you can tell there’s a pile of Citra hops in this beer.

 

In comparison the Equinox hopped beer was only slightly different. I guess that goes to show that Equinox and Citra aren’t drastically different hops. I actually still have the Equinox version on tap, and I’m drinking it now as I’m writing this post. A fair bit more resiny hop flavor comes through, and I would describe the flavor as a little more complex. The beers really aren’t terribly different though. It was a fun tweak to make.

 

So what did I learn from this? You definitely can make a fantastic DIPA with more Crystal and Honey malt than I would normally recommend. I’m not really sure why it works so well in this beer but it does. Unfortunately, we’re down to the last gallon of the ten gallons, so I guess it’s time to start planning another IPA to brew. The wife has a big 30th birthday party coming up, so it’s time to get brewing.

 

Cheers!

13 thoughts on “Citra Double IPA”
  1. cjhudson101 02.22.2016 on 10:58 PM Reply

    I've brewed this beer as well, the mango qualities I got out of the beer were mind boggling. I haven't brewed it in two or three years, but I liked it. I got my hands on a few bottles about a year back, I think the home brew version is slightly more intense but in a good way.

  2. Scott 02.22.2016 on 11:55 PM Reply

    Agreed, tons of tropical fruit. I think I liked the Equinox version a little better because it amped up the resiny character. You could taste buckets of Citra in both though.

  3. cjhudson101 02.23.2016 on 1:22 AM Reply

    I've been doing 15 minute boil 1.5 gallon extract batches lately to try out hop varieties, I'll have to put equinox on the list. I usually do two batches at a time, maybe I'll do Citra in the other one to do a side by side. 🙂 My last two were Galaxy and Summer, Galaxy is pretty good, but not a stand alone hop IMO. Haven't tried the summer yet.

  4. Captain2Harted 02.23.2016 on 4:54 PM Reply

    Looks amazing!!!
    Just wanted to confirm that you did a 12 gallon batch and not a 6 gallon batch as the recipe states.

  5. Scott 02.23.2016 on 5:06 PM Reply

    Great catch! I'll update the post. Thanks!

  6. Unknown 02.28.2016 on 1:46 PM Reply

    I just brewed this beer and I'm psyched to see how it turn out but I was wondering if you often use gelatin on your IPAs or do you just crash them? Thanks!

  7. cjhudson101 03.08.2016 on 2:22 PM Reply

    Have you had the commercial version Scott? You have to enter a raffle to be lucky enough to buy bottles. They don't ship, so I beg my SoCal friends to pick it up for me if I win.

  8. Slade 04.20.2016 on 5:06 AM Reply

    Are you using wheat or white wheat malt?

    • Scott 05.03.2016 on 7:28 AM Reply

      Just Wheat malt.

  9. Matt 08.01.2016 on 12:21 PM Reply

    Scott,

    Are you racking into the secondary keg through the “liquid-in” post? Also, when you rack it from the secondary into the serving keg, do you transfer with co2 or gravity/siphon? Just curious because I try to go in and out of the keg posts and with the dry hopping things get clogged up pretty easily.

    Cheers,
    Matt

  10. Oscar 08.28.2016 on 10:32 AM Reply

    Fist of all thanks for all the information provided in your blog, have helped me understand a lot about homebrewing.

    This one looks fantastic, I will try to brew it using gigayeast vermont, could you recommend any adjustments to the grains to avoid making it too sweet?

  11. Pat 01.06.2017 on 11:51 AM Reply

    I love your site and have learned heaps from you. Got to say that this citra recipe is fantastic. Best beer I ever brewed. I ended up using WL002 English yeast,I Going to brew it again soon.
    Pat

    • Scott 01.11.2017 on 10:30 PM Reply

      That’s awesome! Glad it turned out well for you.

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