Archive for May, 2010


IPA and Calculator Updates (1 Comment)

I finally bought the supplies for an IPA and I’ll be brewing it this weekend. Due to high prices and some supply issues, I will be using pellet hops for the first time in several years. I chose to buy Centennial Hops for bittering and I could only find pellets. I also purchased Amarillo Pellets for flavoring and Glacier Whole Hops for dry hopping. My previous experience was that pellets just didn’t add much more than bitterness and maybe even added a little unwanted funk, so I am curious how this will turn out. It wouldn’t surprise me if those hops were bad, because at that time I was still buying from a local shop with questionable supplies. All of the hops that I chose for this IPA typically have a very clean flavor and aroma, so they shouldn’t contribute any funkiness.

I’ve also spent a little time updating the Brewing Calculator. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s now possible to create a simple extract recipe with steeped grain. It still has a few issues, some obvious and some not, but they’re mostly innocuous. Aside from correcting those problems and a few other tweaks, I’m not sure which part I am going to work on next. I’ll probably build out the list of Malts, Hops, and Yeast so that there are enough defaults, but I might also work on enabling the print button. If you play with the calculator at all, let me know what you think.

– Chris