Brew it Yourself: White Labs Nelson & Citra IPA

For the latest “brew it yourself” blog post, we’re bringing you 5-gallon-sized IPA, featuring Nelson and Citra hops, that may be fermented using one of the following White Labs yeast strains: WLP023 Burton Ale Yeast, WLP090 San Diego Super Ale Yeast, WLP351 Bavarian Hefeweizen Ale Yeast and WLP862 Cry Havoc Lager Yeast. We suggest following this recipe step-by-step or using it as creative inspiration your next brew day! As always, you may thank our talented Brewing Team, who developed the delicious, hop-forward creation and initially brewed it on our San Diego-based 24-hectolitre brewhouse.

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White Labs Nelson & Citra IPA, ferment with either WLP023 Burton Ale Yeast, WLP090 San Diego Super Ale Yeast, WLP351 Bavarian Hefeweizen Ale Yeast and WLP862 Cry Havoc Lager Yeast.
Original Gravity: 1.068
Final Gravity: 1.005 - 1.012
Estimated ABV: 6.6 - 7.6%

Grain:
62.7% 2-Row Pale Malt (8lbs)
29.4% White Wheat Malt (3lbs 12oz)    
3.9% Victory Malt (8oz)            
8.5% Flaked Wheat Malt (8oz)

Hops:
.65 oz Citra (12% alpha acid)
[60 minutes]
.30 oz Citra (12% alpha acid)
[30 minutes]
.60 oz Nelson Sauvin (12% alpha acid)
[15 minutes]
.65 oz Citra (12% alpha acid)
[10 minutes]
.60 oz Nelson Sauvin (12% alpha acid)
[5 minutes]
.60 oz Nelson Sauvin (12% alpha acid)
[Whirlpool]

Yeast:
The brewing team split a batch of Nelson & Citra IPA to ferment with four different yeast strains--WLP023 Burton Ale Yeast, WLP090 San Diego Super Ale Yeast, WLP351 Bavarian Hefeweizen Ale Yeast and WLP862 Cry Havoc Lager Yeast. These strains show a wide range of what defines an IPA while also remaining true to style with WLP023 Burton Ale Yeast and pushing tradition with WLP351 Bavarian Hefeweizen Yeast.

Beer Notes:
"For starters, we have to mention how great the Nelson Sauvin hops demonstrate white wine and peach-like aromas and flavors in this beer. The four strains we selected ranged in overall yeast expression, as some either enhanced or melded with the hop character of this beer.  

WLP023 Burton Ale Yeast has historically been used for fermenting India pale ales, and it was a natural choice for this beer. Flocculation was low when transferring into kegs, making it initially seem like a hazy New England-style IPA that later quickly flocculated out and became crystal clear. If yeast, remains in suspension, we suggest giving this a few extra days to condition.

WLP090 San Diego Super Ale Yeast is the perfect match for IPAs and double IPAs. Remaining extremely neutral and accentuating bitterness, the yeast allows for the hops to be showcased in this beer.

From the set of four strains selected, WLP351 Bavarian Hefeweizen Yeast was the most unconventional choice for an IPA. That said, by using this strain, it really demonstrates how yeast selection helps determines a beer style. Its phenolic clove presence really makes for an interesting beer and the strain is a White Labs team favorite!

Known for its ability to ferment at various temperatures, WLP862 Cry Havoc Lager Yeast is a consistent workhorse. A clean fermentor, this strain really allowed hops and malts to take center stage with the finished beer. It’s a great strain and perfect for producing an all-around tasty IPA."
--Erik Fowler, White Labs Education & Engagement Curator

 

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