After enjoying Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA immensely and not being able to locate it here in Colorado, I decided to try and make my own version of a White IPA.
What I am aiming for is a smooth wheat beer complimented by the citrus, especially grapefruit notes, from the hops, as well as the overwhelmingly awesome hop aroma.
I brewed early a.m. on May 19th before I had to go to the Colorado State Bowling Tournament. I chose a malt bill for flavor and smoothness which consisted of Rahr Red Wheat Malt, Rahr White Wheat Malt, Weyermann Vienna Malt, and Weyermann Pilsner Malt.
I chose the hops, based on flavor characteristics, for what I am aiming for. I chose CTZ, Chinook, Centennial, and Challenger for the boil, opting for late hop additions to tame the bitter bite, but still have the gusto of an IPA. I will dry hop with Cluster, Citra, and Cascade to finish it out.
I also added some ground coriander, ground ginger, and fresh grapefruit zest to draw on the grapefruit/citrus flavor and a little spiciness.
I used Fermentis Safebrew T-58 yeast for it's spiciness and phenolics which would be great for a wheat beer. (I love this yeast by the way.)
Brew stats: 5 gallons, IBU 51, OG at primary 1.060. Already fermenting nicely and the basement smells of delicious hops, citrusy, and floral. AWESOME!
Thanks for reading! I'll keep you posted!