Recipe: Annie’s Red Planet IPA

Old-school malt layers, New World hop flavors, and that beautiful red-amber color... Love live the red IPA.

Annie Johnson Nov 18, 2022 - 3 min read

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Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
OG: 1.061
FG: 1.012
IBUs: 62
ABV: 6.5%

5.25 lb (2.4 kg) extra-light dry malt extract (DME)
2 lb (907 g) Weyermann CaraAmber
8 oz (227 g) crystal/caramel 60L
8 oz (227 g) crystal/caramel 120L

1 oz (28 g) Magnum at 45 minutes [27 IBUs]
1 oz (28 g) each Citra, Motueka, Southern Cross at flameout/whirlpool [35 IBUs]
1 oz (28 g) each Mosaic, Motueka, Southern Cross at dry hop

Chico, Nottingham, or similar clean-fermenting, high-flocculation ale strain

Mill the grains and steep in 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of 152°F (67°C) water for 30 minutes, then raise to 168°F (76°C). Rinse steeping bag, add 6 gallons (23 liters) of water, and bring to a boil. Switch off the heat and add the malt extract in batches, stirring frequently to dissolve and avoid scorching. Boil for 55 minutes, adding hops according to the schedule. After the boil, do a whirlpool step: Stir for 5 minutes to create a vortex, add the whirlpool hops, and steep for 30 minutes. Chill the wort to 65°F (18°C), aerate well, and pitch the yeast. Ferment at about 68°F (20°C). On Day 4 of fermentation, add the dry hops. Allow the beer to ferment for 6 more days, or until fermentation is complete and gravity has stabilized. Crash, package, carbonate, and enjoy.

In place of the DME, substitute 8.8 lb (4 kg) two-row pale malt. Mill the grains and mash at 152°F (67°C) for 60 minutes. Recirculate until the runnings are clear, then run off into the kettle. Sparge and top up as necessary to get about 6 gallons (23 liters) of wort. Boil for 60 minutes, continuing as above.

Annie Johnson is an experienced R&D brewer, IT specialist, and national beer judge. Her awards include 2013 American Homebrewer of the Year honors.