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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Clone

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Clone

American IPA : All Grain : 6 gal

Herbaljoe

Based on Mike McDole's recipe, I scaled it down to 6 gal. and further scaled to match my efficiency.

October 23, 2007 at 11:27pm

5.0/5.0 3 ratings

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Ingredients (All Grain6 gal)

  • 11.17 lbs American 2-row

    American 2-row

    Yields a slightly higher extract than Six Rox brewers Malt. Tends to give a smoother, less grainy flavored beer. Some brewers claim they can detect a significant difference in flavor. Lower protein and will yield a lower color than Six-Row Brewers Malt

  • .8 lbs Belgian Cara-Pils

    Belgian Cara-Pils

    Significantly increases foam/head retention and body of the beer.

  • .8 lbs Crystal Malt 60°L

    Crystal Malt 60°L

    Sweet caramel flavor, deep golden to red color. For dark amber and brown ales.

  • .4 lbs Crystal Malt 120°L

    Crystal Malt 120°L

    Pronounced caramel flavor and a red color. For stouts, porters and black beers.

  • .4 lbs American Munich

    American Munich

    Munich Dunkels. Adds color/nutty flavor. Sometimes called Aromatic.

  • 1.04 oz Chinook - 11.0 AA% pellets; boiled 60 min

    Chinook

    Spicy, Medium to Heavy.Very strong bittering ability used in all American ales and lagers. Aroma is very floral.

  • 2.09 oz Centennial - 9.9 AA% pellets; boiled 15 min

    Centennial

    Aromatic but acceptable for bittering. Medium aroma with floral and citrus tones. Good in medium to dark ales.

  • 2.09 oz Cascade - 6.7 AA% pellets; boiled 5 min

    Cascade

    Spicy with citrus notes. Slightly grapefruity.

  • 2.09 oz Cascade - 6.7 AA% pellets; boiled 0 min

    Cascade

    Spicy with citrus notes. Slightly grapefruity.

  • 1.04 oz Centennial - 10.4 AA% pellets; added dry to primary fermenter

    Centennial

    Aromatic but acceptable for bittering. Medium aroma with floral and citrus tones. Good in medium to dark ales.

  • 1.04 oz Chinook - 11.0 AA% pellets; added dry to primary fermenter

    Chinook

    Spicy, Medium to Heavy.Very strong bittering ability used in all American ales and lagers. Aroma is very floral.

  • 1.04 oz Cascade - 6.7 AA% pellets; added dry to primary fermenter

    Cascade

    Spicy with citrus notes. Slightly grapefruity.

  • 1 oz Chinook (Pellets, 11.4 AA) added to the mash. - (omitted from calculations)

    Chinook (Pellets, 11.4 AA) added to the mash.

  • Wyeast 1056 American Ale™

    Wyeast 1056 American Ale™

    Used commercially for several classic American ales. This strain ferments dry, finishes soft, smooth and dean, and is very well balanced.

Notes

Add 1 oz. Chinook hops to the mash. Single infusion mash at 154 deg for 60 minutes while recirculating. Boil 90 minutes. Use HopBack for final hop addition. Ferment at 67 deg. Add dry hops after about 5 days or once airlock bubbles are 15 seconds apart. Dry hop for 5 - 7 days or until desired flavor is reached.

Style (BJCP)

Category: 14 - India Pale Ale (IPA)

Subcategory: B - American IPA

Range for this Style
Original Gravity: 1.064 1.056 - 1.075
Terminal Gravity: 1.013 1.010 - 1.018
Color: 14.4 SRM 6 - 15
Alcohol: 6.7% ABV 5.50% - 7.50%
Bitterness: 88.1 IBU 40.00 - 70.00

Discussion

Herbaljoe

Brewed 10/21/07

2007-10-23 11:29pm

Everything went smoothly. HopBack worked well. Finished with a 1.064 gravity. #22

DucMan

hmmm

2007-10-26 6:13pm

92.8 Yikes

Herbaljoe

Bottled 10/31/07

2007-11-01 12:04am

Ahhh yes. Bottled it up tonight and was very relieved to find it tastes great. No sign of problems (the 2 batches before this one both had possible contamination issues). This beer has a very citrus hoppy aroma and flavor with a noticeable bitter kick at the end. Very little residual sweetness; finishes clean and crisp. This beer is all about American hops and it really comes through. Hopefully the character lasts through carbonation. FG = 1.014 (with priming sugar added)

Herbaljoe

Freaking Awesome

2007-11-04 9:11pm

Update 11/4/07 - This beer turned out absolutely amazing. It's just perfect, exactly what I wanted. It has a huge citrusy hop nose, followed by citrus hop flavor and just the right amount of malt sweetness and character to balance it out. The malt character is exceptionally clean and crisp. It's followed by an enormously bitter finish which really hits the spot. It lingers for a long time after swallowing. If you don't like bitter beers you won't like this one, but if you do then you won't be able to get enough of this monster. I've been drinking it all weekend (it's already carbonated just perfectly - in fact, I put all of it in the fridge to prevent much further carbonation) and I think this is the best beer I've brewed to date. This is that brew that finally makes you say "hell yes" and you know it was all worth it. The only thing negative that I could possibly say about this beer is that it's too good and I can't stop drinking it! Oh yeah, another cool thing about this batch is that I fermented it with some 1056 that I harvested from a bottle of one of my other batches (Choad Spanker IPA). This was the first time I had tried something like this and it was pretty rewarding to have it work out so well.

Herbaljoe

Brewing again

2007-11-16 3:35pm

Yep, I liked this so much I'm brewing it again this weekend so that I don't run out. Can't get enough of it! The only change I'll be making is to dry hop a little longer (7 days instead of 5).

Herbaljoe

Brewed 11/17/07 & 11/18/07

2007-11-20 1:20am

I got a little crazy and brewed 2 more batches of this. Only real difference ingredient-wise is that I used Organic Cascade pellets from New Zealand for the brew on 11/18 (these had 8.6% AA). The batch on 11/17 used the same hops as the original - just normal pellet cascade from my LHBS (and 1 oz of whole cascade in the hopback). I did not intend on making this change, but had to adapt to the available ingredients. Both are currently going bezerk with yeast activity.

Herbaljoe

Added dry hops 11/22/07

2007-11-24 11:08am

Added dry hops to both fermenters on 11/22, 9AM. I've been shaking up the hop matter in each one about 5 times a day.

Herbaljoe

Kegged 11/29/07

2007-12-10 11:38am

I kegged both the new batches on 11/29. Pulled a semi-carbonated sample of both and they turned out excellent. There is only a slight difference between the two batches. One is slightly higher in gravity and therefore has a bit more body. It was also the one brewed with the organic NZ Cascade and the aroma/flavor imparted by these hops is a little more "dank" than the non-organic batch. I prefer the character of the non-organic hops just slightly. Both these batches are great though, and I've been steadily drinking them for the past couple weeks. I also had the chance to drink these beers side by side with the actual Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. It was interesting to see that the color matched perfectly. (Although the SN beer was a bit more clear.) The homebrew version had better head retention. As for the flavor, it was actually somewhat different. Sierra Nevada has a very distinct hop character which I have not experienced in any other beer before and apparently it is difficult to duplicate. However, I should say that I actually enjoy the flavor of the homebrew more than the original beer. It is more intensely citrusy and has more of a bitter bite.

Herbaljoe

Brewed again 4/23/08

2008-05-05 6:20pm

Brewed it again. Ended up using mostly whole hops on this batch. #62

DavidSteel

Orgasm in a glass

2010-02-23 11:57pm

I made an account just to comment on this to say it is the best beer I've ever brewed. Gets better with age, but the hops succide. I ended up making a 5.5 gallon batch instead of a 6 gallon batch and as a result, ended up making an IIPA (@ 7.6%), instead of an (A)IPA. I can't imagine this being any better, so for those of you out there looking to brew this again (or for the first time), maybe think about making a 5.5 gallon batch instead of a 6 gallon batch with the same grain bill and hops. Absolutely delicious. Not close to celebration ale per-sae, but even better. I'm going to brew this again, immediately. Edit: oh yes, dry hop for 7 days for sure. Go for 10 if you're feeling spunky.

ChickenSoop

Yup

2013-12-14 10:13am

This is my favourite IPA. This recipe rocks.

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