Recipe: Robert Johnson IPA, Opus 8

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Recipes

Summer break began this morning, so it was a good day to brew the Robert Johnson IPA, Opus 8! The name of this brew comes from the “first blues musician”, Robert Johnson. Legend has it he sold his soul to the Devil to learn to play the blues, and to give me a great name for my beer!

I put together a recipe based on the American Devil IPA extracts from Mr. Beer. Word is that this recipe is good on its own, but additional hops really make it great. I went with an Amber DME base, and added the 3 C’s of hops: Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade. I’ll be dry hopping in a week with another .5 oz of the Centennial. It should turn out with a great Amber color and be over hopped for the style (American IPA), but that’s okay. I like hops!

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.062 OG Estimated FG 1.016 FG
Recipe Bitterness 75 IBU Alcohol by Volume 6.0%
Recipe Color 11° SRM Alcohol by Weight 4.7%

Ingredients

Quantity Grain Type
1.21 lb MrB. American Devil IPA Extract
1.21 lb MrB. American Devil IPA Extract
1.00 lb Muntons DME – Amber Extract
Quantity Hop Type Time
0.50 oz Columbus Pellet 10 minutes
1.00 oz MrB. American Devil IPA Pellet 5 minutes
1.00 oz MrB. American Devil IPA Pellet 5 minutes
0.50 oz Centennial Pellet 5 minutes
0.50 oz Cascade Pellet 5 minutes
0.50 oz Centennial Pellet Dry hop
Quantity Misc Notes
1.00 unit Safale S-05 Dry Ale Yeast Yeast

Process

There were no drastic changes to the process I used before. Boil the DME, add hops, remove from heat and add Mr. Beer extract. Cool in ice bath, and pitch the rehydrated yeast. For the dry hop, I did buy some 1 gallon paint strainer bags at Lowes. I’ve sanitized them and am going to store it in a sanitized baggy until next week. Hopefully it will allow the hops to work, but keep some of the floaties out of the trub.

This one will should be ready to go by July 4th!

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  1. […] Blues”, originally written by Kokomo Arnold, an early blues musician and contemporary of Robert Johnson. I love it when I can learn a little music history as I […]

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