Add A Comment August 9th, 2012

Single Hop Series:
Simcoe India Pale Ale

Posted by Kyle

Simcoe IPA

I wanted to explore the nuances between hop varieties, so I stole an idea from Mikkeller and started a series of single hop IPAs. Simcoe was the first.

I brew one-gallon batches. It’s a little weird, I know, but I have a really small kitchen and I like to experiment, so it makes sense for me. Once I find something I like — and can make consistently — I usually scale up to three- or five-gallon batches.

This was my first attempt on an electric stove, and it went about as well as could have been expected. When you’re only brewing a gallon, you don’t use a mash tun like in bigger batches, you just keep the pot on the heat and control the temperature. This proved to be a tiny bit difficult on the electric range, but after some fiddling I figured out how to maintain the 153° mash for most of the 60 minutes.

I’m planning on keeping the hop additions very simple for the whole series, mainly to see how specific timing affects bittering and aroma. Once I sample the final product, I’ll post a follow up with tasting notes and full review. Until then, here’s the recipe.


  • 1.8 lb. Belgian Pilsner Malt
  • 0.4 lb. Caramel 20 Malt
  • 0.3 lb. Munich Malt


  • 0.25 oz. Simcoe (60 min.)
  • 0.25 oz. Simcoe (30 min.)
  • 0.25 oz. Simcoe (00 min.)


  • White Labs California Ale (WLP001)


  • 60 min. Mash
  • 60 min. Boil
  • 2 weeks fermentation
  • 2 weeks bottle conditioning

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