One of my all time favourite beers is Sgt. Major India Pale Ale from Scotch-Irish Brewing Co. It has a golden/copper colour and sits at the lower end of the alcohol spectrum for an IPA at 5.5%. The hops are very dominating and are the focus of the beer. I just love the smell every time I crack the cap open and give it a pour.
Unfortunately, this delicious brew has ceased being made! Scotch-Irish Brewing Co. was bought out by Kichesippi Beer Co. and they have, in turn, stopped brewing it. I’m pissed because it is such a tasty beer. Looks like I’ll just have to figure out how to brew it myself!
I tried to track down some information on what they use to make it, but there isn’t much out there. I did come across one article on “A Good Beer Blog” that quotes the original website as “using a lot of English pale ale malt and crystal malt, with a very small amount of chocolate malt.” The use of “lots of Chinook hops impart a tasty white-grapefruit/spice/resin flavour and aroma”. (See full article here) I love it, let’s get brewing!
After talking with fellow homebrewers on forums like ‘Are you an SOB?‘ and ‘Members of Barleyment‘, I was pointed to a recipe called Sister Star of the Sun. I’m not 100% sure about this, but I think someone had said that this was the original recipe for this this beer from the brewer that went on to brewing it at Scotch-Irish Brewing Co. If someone knows the proper story, please enlighten us!
Sister Star of the Sun has the following:
- 13 lbs English Pale Malt
- 1/4 lb crystal 135L
- 1/4 lb wheat malt
- 3 oz Chinook hops @ 60mins (whole flower)
- 2 oz East Kent Goldings @ 15mins
- 2 oz Fuggles @ 0 mins
- 1/4 oz Fuggles – Dry Hop
- Wyeast 1028 (London Ale)
- O.G. – 1.060-65
- F.G. – 1.012
- Mash in a single infusion at 151F for 60 minutes. Ferment in a controlled environment at 65F for two weeks.
When I entered that information into my BeerSmith program, it gave me some crazy numbers. My system works at about 78% at the moment, so I was getting estimates of:
- O.G. – 1.069
- F.G. – 1.014
- IBU – 156.5 (!!!)
- Est ABV – 7.2%
- Bitterness Ratio – 2.277 (which is CRAZY!!!!)
So taking all of that into consideration, I’ve gone and really kind of butchered this recipe into more of an American Style Pale Ale /I.P.A., but it’s what I have in stock at the moment…
Carbonation and Storage
|Sgt. Major IPA (Revised recipe)
|Type: All Grain||Brewer: Hoptomology|
|Equipment: 7.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Pot + 5 Gallon Coleman Cooler Mash Tun|
|Est Original Gravity: 1.052 SG||Measured Original Gravity:|
|Est Final Gravity: 1.010 SG||Measured Final Gravity:|
|Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.5 %||Actual Alcohol by Vol:|
|Bitterness: 38.0 IBUs||Bitterness Ratio: 0.732|
|Est Color: 9.6 SRM||Calories: 0.0 kcal/12oz|
|Total Grains Used: 9 lbs 11.0 oz||Total Hops Used: 2.833 oz|
|Mash Style: Single Infusion, Medium Body|
|Brewhouse Efficiency: 78.00 %|
|Sparging: Fly sparge with 3.44 gal water at 168.0 F to achieve 7.00 gal|
|Boil Size: 7.00 gal||Boil Time: 60 min|
|End of Boil Volume: 6.00 gal||Estimated pre-boil gravity: 1.043 SG|
|Batch Size (into fermenter): 5.50 gal||Measured pre-boil Gravity:|
|Final Bottling Volume: 5.25 gal|
|Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage|
|Primary Fermentation: 10.00 days at 65.0 F|
|Secondary Fermentation: 7.00 days at 68.0 F|
|Carbonation and Storage|
|Carbonation Type: Keg||Volumes of CO2: 2.0|
|Pressure/Weight: 6.84 PSI||Age Beer for: 4.00 days|
|Keg/Bottling Temperature: 40.0 F||Storage Temperature: 40.0 F|
|Taste Rating: 0.0 / 50|
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I brewed it up last night and hit the target Original Gravity of 1.052. My basement is sitting at a perfect 68°F, so it should ferment nicely. Here’s how it looked after I aerated it with my new wine de-gasser:
Check out the review of the original recipe here.