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East Coast IPA homebrew recipe (Gipsy Hill Drifter!) | The Craft Beer Channel

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Ask and you shall receive. We had so many requests for the recipe of Drifter, our collab with Gipsy Hill that we decided we should just do a video about it. So we present the UK's best East Coast IPA recipe – all mango, orange juice and cloudy dreaminess. For the full recipe (and you'll need it) go to OUR NEW WEBSITE: http://thecraftbeerchannel.com/gipsy-hill-drifter-east-coast-ipa-recipe/ ----------------- Check out our partners at http://www.beermerchants.com Twitter – @beerchannel Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/thecraftbeerchannel Instagram – @jonnygarrett @mrbradevans Remember to drink responsibly(ish) and not be that guy...
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daryl stoker (8 hours ago)
thanks for the vid guys, just a note about the video itself, the volume balance is way out of whack, can barely hear the talking then the music cuts in and its deafening!
I personally refuse to get into home brewing. The reason being that if I started, I would never stop. Cheers, -J.O.
Bakismannen (1 month ago)
You really should get the new Connect controller to the Grainfather. Totally worth the money
The Craft Beer Channel (1 month ago)
We're looking into upgrading right now thanks to our Patreon subs!
Bryan Spence (6 months ago)
arggggggg - another brew with no follow up taste test
The Craft Beer Channel (6 months ago)
There was one! PROMISE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XS2V5wYQZI
beer man (7 months ago)
I brewed this yesterday and its currently in my SS brewbucket ferm controlled fridge. I did however need to dial in the recipe using beersmith and make a few changes to the ingredients to both the grain amounts and hops (based on age and alphas). one example i needed to change for example which may be incorrect is your recipe asks for 10.1kg but the max for GF is 9kg . i got around this by adding all the grain as recommended and changed the OG to 1.068 and it reduced the required amounts in ratio. I have high HOPS for this one and will report back in due course
Vidar Bentestuen (9 months ago)
Hi. Where is the recipe for this beer available? Couldn't find it on your website. Do l need to take a better look at the website?
The Craft Beer Channel (9 months ago)
+Vidar Bentestuen you do! It is under news and features on thecraftbeerchannel.com we swear!
Kelly Merrill (10 months ago)
I like how east coast IPA is just using more NW hops.
james reece (1 year ago)
brewed this today, had a stuck sparge! ended up filtering the wort from the grains by poring the it through an old brew in a bag mesh i had,wort was very grey and milky looking but once it boiled looked like a hop swamp =]
haha yeah it's a tough recipe! Perhaps some rice shells or something would help it. Ours stuck too, but we had some gravity to play with so liquored back a bit.
PT (1 year ago)
Now is that towel wrapped around the carboy because you're trying to chill it with moisture or are you keeping light out?
Keeping the light out - it was at a happy 23 degrees.
Moski Homebrew (1 year ago)
nice video fellas! Cheers!
thanks!
Nick Levy (1 year ago)
Cellarmaker in SF, fieldwork in Berkeley and beer craft tap room in rohnert park. Also henhouse and cooperage in SR.
Ron Balch (1 year ago)
Wow, a Rohnert Park mention! I LOVE Beercraft. GravSouth in Cotati is really good as well.
Nick Levy (1 year ago)
Cloudwater V11 at beercraft ...pretty cool. Cooperage brews to style but makes some of the best hoppy beers in NorCal, henhouse brew some amazing saisons and PAs. Hope y'all enjoy now!
+Nick Levy def hoping to make it to fieldwork Cellarmaker is for certain!
Widdly Vandal Scuds (1 year ago)
what is up with that 80's background tune?
it was the decade of musical legends! Ahem.
Tolmaten (1 year ago)
Updates soon? I'm really curious
we didn't do one, but it came out great! We're brewing a second batch with some tweaks (essentially better temperature control on the ferment and a longer cold crash) in the new year. We might do a video then.
jeff (2 years ago)
I would love to try that beer the color is amazing!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
It seems to shine like a golden chalice!
Mike Dent (2 years ago)
Hi guys? Have you done a follow up or tasting video to this?
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
haha - it did! A bit too yeasty compared to the Gipsy Hill version but I don't think I cold crashed long enough. Otherwise it was delicious and LOADED with hop and yeast aroma.
Mike Dent (2 years ago)
The Craft Beer Channel that's a shame. But I assume it turned out well then?
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Of the homebrew? Sadly not. We had a party and drank a few and the bottles I'd saved for the video...well...they didn't make it through the night.
NewToHomeBrew Tom (2 years ago)
cracking video fellas!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
+NewToHomeBrew Tom cheers! Given how drunk we were by the end it came out OK!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
+NewToHomeBrew Tom cheers! Given how drunk we were by the end it came out OK!
K N (2 years ago)
Whats the name of the device you are using to brew the beer?
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
it's a grainfather.
Mafanwe (2 years ago)
we need a follow up video on secondary and botteling. i feel like that fermentor is 25% hops!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
it wasn't far off that! The recipe on our website helps a lot, but we could do a vid if people are struggling.
Brian Morton (2 years ago)
Awesome recipe. I'm curious, how do you keep the vegetal taste from occurring when using this many hops in the standard recipe? If I were to develop my own recipe I'd be lost as to how many hops are actually ok to add without it being "too much" if there is such a thing lol.
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
+Brian Morton well the final bottle had a little veg to it but to be honest the power of the fruit just obliterates it. The key is to nail fermentation so it's in the tank for as little time as possible.
Wine Jam (2 years ago)
we just had a Crafty Lozza Show with this ale in!! great to see it !! on here
Mike Wescott (2 years ago)
Would eliminating the golden syrup and treacle reduce the ABV without affecting the body much? For me, a juicy East Coast IPA that's slightly more sessionable is the holy grail.
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Shouldn't affect it too much so long as you get a similar final gravity. All the sugar is eaten anyway to colour aside it's like it was never there.
SLM3573 (2 years ago)
got my hops shipped from UK as in Germany I cant get Azacca, El Dorado will be brewing this next Sat. I have question about oats. Every time I put them in my grain bill I get a real acidic off flavour like putting your tongue on a battery makes the beer undrinkable. Were the oats used malted? Simon mentioned using supermarket ones without raisins so I am assuming not but as I said every time they go in my recipes I get this issue. any ideas??
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
that's very unusual! I can't think why oats would do this. I can only think the oats you have used aren't up to scratch... have you tried different suppliers? Did some quick reading and some homebrewers have associated oats with a lower pH in the mash but nothing that would cause an acidic off flavour. Bit stumped! I'll ask Simon from the brewery!
Sam Jory (2 years ago)
Just to say, if you mash higher you decrease your fermentables leave more dextrins, which give more body and mouthfeel. Mash lower to increase fermentability. Nice video!
Ireland1984 (2 years ago)
Highly hopped beers are great, but when will you start to focus on well balanced British style beers like Bitters or ESB's?
Ireland1984 (2 years ago)
+The Craft Beer Channel oh really? That's interesting to hear, very daft (on the breweries' part). Great to hear you have stuff lined up though!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
We have plans but unfortunately those kind of breweries in the UK aren't as interested in what we do so arranging things are trickier. We do have a few things lined up though.
Jesse Ojava (2 years ago)
I'd brew it if it weren't for the wheat as it has alot of gluten content. Myself, I like some maltyness in my IPAs. What would you think of replacing the wheat with some Vienna and maybe carapils for the head retention? :)This beer seems interesting!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Well the oats & wheat are a huge part of what makes this beer an east coast IPA – we're looking for a really velvety mouthfeel which you can't get from malt alone. That said, if you made it with all malt you'll still get that massive hop aroma. I'd keep the malts really light though.
Jon (2 years ago)
Awesome stuff; may give this a go if I can get my hands on all the ingredients! Some interesting techniques in there too
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
+jonnyrmoore hope they work out for you+
TheJocker113 (2 years ago)
What hops do you recommend to use to replace el dorado, azzaca and equinox, because I only have access to pilgrim?
Maxim Sultakov (2 years ago)
+The Craft Beer Channel hm, does this calculation include whirlpool charge or just boil hops? Given the amount of WP hops I would expect the number to be higher, although late additions' IBUs are perceived softer comparing to early ones.
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
35 IBU, hence the tiny amount of bittering hops!
TheJocker113 (2 years ago)
how much IBU's did you aim for?
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Tricky one! A lot of the beer's character comes from those hops. You could try mosaic, citra and galaxy if you can get those.
Sean (2 years ago)
How did you create your whirlpool with the grainfather? Was it just you stirring vigorously before adding your hops at flameout?
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
We let the hops steep for 30 mins so did a hand made whirlpool afterwards then sent to the fermenter. Given the amount of sediment it's more in the cold crash to clarify hops - the rest makes it into the glass
Matthew Harris (2 years ago)
Did you sieve the boil hops out before going into the fermenter or just send the whole lot in? I've never used pellet in the boil before. Great you finally did a homebrew video too! Your welcome at my place anytime but my AG kit is a bit more cowboy.
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
yeah we kept all the hoppy sludge out of the fermenter+
Graham Budd (2 years ago)
Nice video! As a homebrewer its great to see you doing some smaller scale stuff with professional brewers. Would be a great series in itself.
Graham Budd (2 years ago)
Ace! I look forward to it! :)
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
We've thought of that! In fact we have an AMAZING idea for it, so amazing I don't dare write it down in case someone steals it. But might be a big new project coming at the end of the year.
the porbeagle (2 years ago)
great video! would love it if you guys did more home brewing videos :)
brittany brinker (2 years ago)
Agreed. This was awesome
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
then we shall!
Homebrew Griffo (2 years ago)
Wow thats some hoppage! haha. Fancy giving this one a go soon thanks for the details and the video - I'll order some more hop socks for my Grainfather :-) Cheers
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
haha, probably for the best!
dihydrogenmonoxide (2 years ago)
MORE of this sort of thing please! interesting recipe, so much dry hops! I wonder if you'd get a similar outcome with only one kind of wheat...
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
with two definitely similar, like we said in the video those bits are small tweaks to plug all the gaps in the mouthfeel and improve head retention. in homebrew malted and unsalted wheat will do.
Wow that's a lot of hop additions. Guess I'll give it a try.
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Have faith in hops.
w1l122 (2 years ago)
Sounds great Have to have a go at brewing this one, interesting to see dry hopping during primary fermentation, and at the different stages of fermentation, never tried anything like that before
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
not many people have but we've seen it work amazingly in commercial brews. Hoping it does the same for homebrew. Issue is the temp of fermentation...
3sAcrowd Brewing (2 years ago)
Great video guys. Great to see those commercial lot showing off their back to roots (homebrew) talents hehe😜 looks like you had great fun, which is what it's really about 👍🏻 cheers Chris.
3sAcrowd Brewing (2 years ago)
+The Craft Beer Channel haha happy days🍺
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
we sure did. it all got a bit too much fun afterwards too...
tom priestley (2 years ago)
Good stuff can't wait for V2! Do you know for sure that Treehouse/ Alchemist and the likes first hop in the FV? I know they keep their lips sealed when it comes to their hopping techniques. I've been researching how to make beers like theirs for a while now and have never come across that! Cheers.
tom priestley (2 years ago)
Cheers that would be great if you could!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
I'll ask the Gipsy Hill guys where the technique comes from but I can't say for sure that those NE guys do it. I did film at Treehouse and had a tour...I'll trawl through that footage and see what they say too.
Happy Beer Time (2 years ago)
This is the less important information but I have the same fermentation bucket! ah ah
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Indeed you can, any light but especially direct light so I always cover mine. Need to get a cooling jacket really.
Happy Beer Time (2 years ago)
You mean, for the lightstruck? I leave it in my flat, can you get this issue inside?
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
haha, wrapped in a towel it can't be beat!
tomber220 (2 years ago)
I think I'll give this a shot next time I brew
tomber220 (2 years ago)
Aye aye captain!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Let us know how it goes!
8:55 you put hops in the fermenter before pitching yeast too? I thought dry hopping for such a long time leads to grassy, vegetal flavours?
__________ (2 years ago)
Seems to be hit and miss with the vegetal flavours. What I have heard though is that dry hopping during fermentation leads to massive loss of aroma because of the co2 being pushed out of your FV. Need some proper testing though.
Ok, thanks for the reply, might be trying that technique in my next brew.
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
not according to Si, but once the beer is finished we'll find out! It's currently conditioning in bottle. They do this in the commercial brew and it has turned out absolutely stunning and loaded with fruit, no veg at all.
fufi (2 years ago)
Nice video, finally some home brewing here ;) From what I read, dry hopping before the vital part of the fermentation is quite a waste of hops since a lot of aroma gets driven out by the CO2. Also the longer you keep the hops in the fermenter the more it tends to give of green or grassy flavors (with optimum dry hopping durations ranging about 3 to 5 days before becoming grassy). Any thoughts on that?
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Oh we will! Been a great response!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
cheers! Hoping to do another homebrew vid for our 3rd birthday and have a keg party. Will be a fun vid!
fufi (2 years ago)
I bet, it's gonna be amazing anyways ;) (or maybe because of it, who knows) Have fun and bring some more home brewing to this amazing channel =)
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
I have to say this is the first time I've dry hopped for more than a few days so this I'll have more to say on the matter once the beer is ready (currently conditioning in bottle) so I'll report back. This is the same regime as they use on the commercial size brew though, and there is not a blade of grass to be smelled – all tropical, all juice. The jury is still out and I think it depends on hop quality, temp control and of course how often you hop after those initial additions!
Tim Broadhead (2 years ago)
Woah, I just made my first all grain IPA this morning! Love your videos, I was in camden yesterday and got to try a Live Dead pony club, it was awesome!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Glad you like the vids! We've heard good things about Live Dead Pony, need to try it to pass judgement though – might do a video on it soon.
Mark Winters (2 years ago)
Excellent video. It's like you guys can read my mind or something. Just got my hands on some Trillium and have been wanting to add a NE style IPA/APA to my brew list. It is great to get a professional recipe to work off of. I seriously underestimated the amount of hops I needed for just dry hopping alone...Also, any help on the water profile? There are plenty of IPA profiles out there but they tend to focus on amplifying bitterness.
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Yeah you'll want to dial the bitterness back if anything. I am by no means a water expert but I guess low sulfate and perhaps higher sodium and chloride?
William Machin (2 years ago)
Surprised you didn't talk more about the yeast. Thought it was a pretty vital component to this style and quite a tricky bugger to work with.
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
We kind of accepted most people won't be able to have the yeast so suggested a British ale yeast if you can't have it. We found the hardest thing with the right yeast as getting hold of it, otherwise it was a hungry bugger at 22C...
DANNYsosick (2 years ago)
Love the video the recipe looks well good. I've just got a grainfather myself. Based on reading that I have done I think it is recommended to use a nylon bag if using hop pellets.
MiggyManMike (2 years ago)
I've considering one (Since I can't afford a braumaster :D) but the brewcrafter25 is looking temping but that's so new no one's really used it!
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
Yeah I have to say the only real issue we have found across four 4-5 brews is the filter. Otherwise an awesome bit of kit.
MiggyManMike (2 years ago)
Time4another (rip) did a review and had a major issue with blockages due to hop particles, but they do now make a hop spider for the grainfather as well.
The Craft Beer Channel (2 years ago)
well then that will explain the blockage! Thanks for letting us know. Let us know if you give the recipe a go.

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