A week ago I was harvesting honey from the combs in preparation to make the next batches of mead at work and was talking to my boss about honey and beer. He mentioned that it would be nice to have a honey IPA out there that showcased the honey. I brought up Bell's Hopslam, but he was thinking even more honey forward than that. So I accepted the challenge and a week later I was brewing up The Killer Bee Honey IIPA.
The recipe: Being honey forward that is where I started. I really enjoy the taste of orange blossom honey so that is what I went with. I wanted half of my fermentables to come from the honey so I grabbed a pound and a half of honey. This will give me 47 points or 1.047 if I only put the honey in. Two pounds of pale ale malt will give me the rest of my fermentables with 4oz of crystal 40L and 4oz of cara-pils to boost the body. I am mashing high to get me a lot of body, which is usually avoided in IIPA's, but due to the amount of honey that is in this and how dry honey ferments I am trying to keep some body to the beer. At this point I am throwing an obscene amount of hops at this beer with a calculated IBU of about 140 which I still thought was slightly conservative. White Labs WLP001 will hopefully work its way through this beast.
After an hour long mash, the pot comes back out of the oven and gets stirred up one last time.
Crazy brew night for sure. Nothing went wrong and finally got a step by step walk through of my brewing process for anyone interested. Bottling two batches this week, adding clearing agents to my berry cyser and impatiently waiting on this and Alterna to finish.
Got the stuff to brew a few more batches up, but I am currently stocked up in the fermentor department so once I bottle I can brew again. Time to check on the bottle supply.
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Until next time,