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Updated: Dec 8, 2021

Recipe No. 71

Recipe by Jaco de Waal

Indian Pale Ale (IPA) was founded for the sweat-soaked khakis of first British Indian Army who endured the equatorial heat. The soldiers pined for a beer from home, a good English Pale Ale. Their calls were answered and a beefed-up version of the Pale Ale was created in Britain, a beer which could withstand the long, tedious journey on board ship with no refrigeration. Using more hops and having a higher ABV, with assertive bitterness and an interesting flavour-interaction between hop and malt. it was the best ‘thirst quencher’ among the British Troops stationed in India.

The IPA had a higher alcohol percentage which helped the Troops forget they were posted far from home and allowed them to become more intoxicated much faster, on less Beer! So the name Indian Pale Ale was born from keeping British Troops ‘Happy’ and by the country it was consumed in.

IPA is enjoyed worldwide and we all agree; the love of the game is as passionate as the love for the Beer itself. So brew up an IPA before the cricket, football or rugby season, it will be memorable!

Additional Information:

OG – Original Gravity

A gravity reading taken just prior to yeast being added, or pitched, is referred to as the original gravity (OG). The OG will provide the brewer with a good idea of the potential alcohol percentage for that particular beer.

SG – Specific Gravity

The Specific Gravity is a key measurement in determining when your beer or cider has completed the fermentation process and ready for bottling. The most commonly used tool to measure this is a Hydrometer.

FG – Final Gravity

If the fermentation is finished, the specific gravity is called the final gravity. For example, for a typical strength beer, original gravity (abbreviated OG) could be 1.050 and FG could be 1.010.

IBU – International Bitterness Units

International Bitterness Units are a chemical/instrumental measurement of the number of bittering compounds, specifically isomerized and oxidized alpha acids, polyphenols and a few other select bittering chemicals, that make your beer taste bitter.

EBC – European Brewery Convention

EBC Colour Units is the method established by the European Brewery Convention for assessing the colour of wort or beer.

ABV – Alcohol by volume

ABV is the standard measurement to assess the strength of a particular beer. The higher the ABV, the more alcohol that beer contains. Lighter beers range from 4-4.5% ABV, with percentages getting higher with heavier styles of beer.

PPG – Points per Pound per Gallon.

PPG relates the amount of gravity points, contributed by one pound in one gallon of water. It refers to the overall yield obtained from the mash in terms of the amount of wort collected.

AA – Alpha Acids

Alpha Acids are a compound in hops that add bitterness to a beer. This measurement tells you how much bitterness will be attributed to the beer by a particular hop strain. The AA is typically given as a percentage and can vary based on hop strain and crop year.



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