On Sunday I got an email from Yakima Valley Hops that 2015 Galaxy was in stock, and I pounced with a swiftness. Delivered today: two pounds of fresh citrusy, peachy, passionfruity goodness. (Galaxy is an Australian hop for those here at this site for other reasons.) I just so happened to have the malt ingredients around for what I was intending to be version 2 of my Herdy Terper, but that plan got thrown out the window. A bit of research and reconfiguring resulted in the Tasman Sea, a double IPA combining Australian Galaxy and New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin. I was tempted to create an all-Galaxy beer like Shlafly’s Tasmanian IPA or a beer I had from local favorite Brewmaster Jack that used to be a part of the Hop Essence series but has now morphed into “Hoppiness is a Warm Pun,” but in the end I went with a combination for maximum punch.
12 pounds Thomas Fawcett Pearl
1 pound Rahr White Wheat
1 pound Breiss Cara/Crystal 40
1 oz Galaxy – 60 minutes
1 oz Nelson Sauvin – 60 minutes
.5 oz Galaxy – 30 minutes
.5 oz Nelson Sauvin – 30 minutes
1 oz Galaxy – 1 minute
1 oz Nelson Sauvin – 1 minute
I mashed this at 155° because I am a giant idiot. I was planning my Millie’s Russian Imperial Stout (version 3) while waiting for the water to heat up, so when I used a mash calculator to figure out the target strike temp for this beer, I had stout on the brain and entered 155° instead of 150°. Oh well. I’ve made meaty IPAs before and they were fine, just not what I was intending today.
This was a very efficient brew-day, considering all the hurry-up-and-wait, busy-work, and mess involved in all-grain home brewing. I hit most of my target numbers (original gravity 1.074), the wort tasted great before and after hops, and now we wait.
I have not planned the dry-hopping yet, I’ll just wait and see what this smells like after primary fermentation, and wing it from there. The two hops used are different enough, we’ll just have to see if one dominates the other as brewed (since both were used in equal quantity) and adjust. My guess is that I’ll be primarily dry-hopping with Galaxy.
UPDATE 8/28: Smells and tastes great, gravity of 1.015. Almost there, fermentation wise, going to get down to 1.011 or so. Dry-hopped with 2oz Galaxy and 2oz Nelson. Needed some extra dank to it and my Nelson is danky.