I always need to keep a hazy IPA on tap, and we blow through 5 gallons pretty quick around here. Next up, some fresh 2020 riwaka to hold us over through the end of the year.
I’ve heard great things about this hop, only had one commercial beer that has it in it, and have never brewed with it. It smells fantastic, and I hope the taste follows suit.
I’m calling this one Hecka Riwaka
|Batch Size (fermentor):||5.5 gallons|
|Boil Length:||60 minutes|
|Mash Temp:||152F||Single Infusion|
|OG:||1.078 (estimated)||1.072 (actual)|
|FG:||1.016 (estimated)||1.018 (actual)|
|ABU:||8.14% (estimated)||7.09% (actual)|
|Golden Naked Oats||8.5%|
|Yakima Hop Shot||1.8 ml||FWH or 60 min|
|Iadho 7||1 oz||10 Min|
|Idaho 7||2 oz||Whirlpool @ 170|
|Riwaka||4 oz||Dryhop 24 hours after pitch|
|Riwaka||4 oz||Dryhop 5 days after pitch|
|Total||13 oz + 1.8 ml extract|
|Imperial A24 Dryhop||2 packs||Pitch at 68, let free raise to 72ish after a few days|
|With 5 min left in boil, start adjusting pH down to 4.6.||I add 3 mL Lactic Acid at a time while recirculating.||This takes a few minutes after you cut the flame|
You can see I stick with my pretty standard NEIPA grain bill. Half malted oats/half 2 row for the base, plus white wheat and golden naked oats for some extra goodness. I love the golden naked oats. If you haven’t brewed them, you gotta try it.
Pics from the mash. Nailed my 152 pretty spot on. Always happy to see temps perfect!
11/21 – Brew Day – What I find interesting is the look of the wort during the mash (above), compared to the look of the wort in the last 10 minutes of the boil when I turned my pump on (below). I love the color of the below pic, I think it’s perfect and I would be happy if it didn’t change one bit to the final product – although I know there will likely be a little darker at the end of the road. OG sample came out at 1.072.
11/22 – Above is a quick picture of the beer around 36 hours post pitch, the 4oz of riwaka is mixed in well with the krausen. Don’t mind the Tilt in my blow off, I wanted to sanitize it as it just came out of a brett saison batch. This is my first batch with the Fermzilla All Arounder. I got it because I was tired of splitting batches between kegs when I brewed 10+ gallons.
11/29 – FG sample, above came out to 1.018 giving us a 7% ABV beer. I thought it was a little high and I expected it to drop a little more, but the attenuation is spot on with the yeast manufacturer’s stat.
12/1 – Off to the keg to carb up. I think we have another winner on our hands!
12/10 – Tasting Notes and Finished Pics
Definitely a winner. Very citrus and fruit heavy. Maybe grapefruit but certainly not tart like that. Maybe passionfruit. Tropical. I’m terrible with tasting notes. It’s hecka delicious. Great balance of bitterness to juiciness. Head leaves laces on the side, but doesn’t last more than a few minutes. The nose is very up front, in the best way possible. Color is the perfect yellow orange that I love.
I am going to go Riwaka heavy on the next hoppy pils I brew. Here are some show off pics. Brew on!