On the Brew Sheet for today at the KleinHerz Brewery, “Flight of the Kiwi IIPA”. I’d wanted to try a double IPA for a while. This is a kit from Wine and Hop Shop, our friendly and fully stocked local purveyor. This beer has the potential to be huge, described as, “brewed with all New Zealand hops, expect a citrusy hop character atop a decent malt backbone followed by a fairly dry finish”. Three grains (Munich, Caramel and Victory malts) will steep in the brew pot, a total of 9 pounds of malt extracts will end up in the pot, and a whopping 5 ozs of hops will go into the brew (Moteuka, Pacific Jade), with 2 more ozs dry-hopped in at about two weeks. Estimated ABV comes in at 8.2% which for the KH Brewery would be second only to a Trappist brew we did in 1998 which was in the the low double-digit range, a few bottles of which we have stashed in the cellar, still getting better with age.
I think it’s time to crack open a bottle of last year’s Black Earth Porter, perfect on a day like today, and get this kettle on the boil.