Cooking with Beer: Chocolate Stout Cake

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Citra Double IPA Label

Fermentation is pretty much complete. I tried a sample and it is quite tasty. Citra is really a very interesting hop and there's really nothing quite like it. The passion fruit character is unlike anything I've had elsewhere, along with hints of melon, papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit. It has just enough malt backbone to balance it out a little bit but not so much as to make it sweet and its still pretty dry.

For a more powerful aroma, I'm going to be dry hopping it with 2 oz of even MORE Citra hops. I've never dry hopped before so I've been looking at different dry hopping methods. I think I'm just going to let the hops loose in the carboy until I bottle.

And speaking of bottling, I worked up a simple label for this beer. Basically just a quick and easy filter of a image of hops and text added in Photoshop. Let me know what you think!

EDIT: Transferred the beer onto 2 oz of Citra hops for some dry hopping action. After reading a bit about dry hopping, I decided just to do the hops directly into the beer so I don't have to worry about sterilizing my hop bag.

But on a sad note, 4 oz of dry pellet hops led to a serious about of trub at the bottom. Holy moly!

That's about 1 gallon of unusable stuff. That's the price you pay for high IBUs. Cheers!

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