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After a year of test brewing, we have finally made a Double IPA good enough to release as a William’s Kit. After trying different malts and hop combinations, we settled on a light European pilsner malt base accented with American Cascade and Simcoe® hops, and fermented with perishable “Chico” style liquid ale yeast (also known as Wyeast 1056). The idea behind the light pilsner malt base was to produce a dry, non obtrusive background for the balanced citrus/pine hop load to come through without distraction from caramelized flavors. We leave it to you to judge the final outcome. Alcohol: 7.5%, IBU’s 75.
Includes 10 pounds of blended European pilsner malt and beet sugar, 3 hop additions, perishable ‘Chico’ ale yeast (this beer must be made within 12 days of receiving), and carbonating sugar. Makes 5 gallons with a starting gravity of at least 1.074. Ease of Brewing: Intermediate.
Note: Due to the instability of the liquid “Chico” ale yeast strain included (the pack will arrive swollen), you must brew this kit within 12 days of receiving. If you cannot brew this within 12 days of receiving, please delay ordering until you have time to brew. You can also make a yeast starter if you want to revive the yeast after 12 days.
Click to download the instructions in pdf format.
This is a photo of our American IPA when it was in the bottle for 11 days.
This is a very good DIPA. Follow the instructions and if you can, let it sit in the bottle or keg a month if you can as it will clear and smooth out. I love this double IPA-be careful, it sneaks up on you. Brew it, drink it, love it!
I have brewed many Williams kits. Most all very good. This one was a disappointment. Followed directions to a tee, yet results were poor. Either yeast was bad or ingredients expired. Everything I had was double sanitized and climate controlled. Probably won't try this one again.
Not as heavy or as aggressively hoppy as some of the style, still a terrific beer.
The William's description is spot on. Drink it fresh.
This is a good IPA. It is not as strong as most double IPAs, but still pleasantly hoppy.
The instructions were thorough and easy to follow.
Despite the warnings, I had no problem with the yeast. The package was not swollen when it arrived. Once activated, the package swelled quickly, and the yeast fermented vigorously once added to the wort.
I had to wait longer than the recommended time after bottling. Bottles opened after 1-2 weeks were flat and sweet. After 4-5 weeks, they were great, with normal carbonation.
William's instructions warn you to drink this quickly. My bottles were fine for a few months, but one bottle sat around for about 9 months and lost its flavor.
Overall, a good kit, and a nice small step beyond a beginner recipe.
Thoroughly enjoyed brewing this beer. My family and friends who aren't huge on IPA's liked it. As one who fancies IPA's, this wasn't quite bitter enough for me, but it certainly can be tweaked for the future. The pilsner base was a good choice to bring out the flavors.
I found it needed considerable time in the bottle to condition properly. After about 5 weeks it reached its peak; prior to that the hop character had not come through to its fullest.
I will brew this one again, maybe throw in a few Columbus hops for my tastes =)