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Belgian Hop Topper IPA Beer Kit

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Your Label Peelers Belgian Hop Topper IPA Original Beer Kit never sits on a shelf. Your grains are crushed to order. Your ingredients are packed fresh and you don't pay for a flashy box. It's all about providing you with the freshest ingredients for you to make your best beer.

Dive into the world of craft beer with our Belgian Hop Topper IPA kit. This isn't just any IPA - it's a fusion of two major yeast strain choices, a harmonious blend of American audacity and Belgian tradition.

Imagine the bold, "in your face" hops that are the hallmark of American IPAs. Now, picture that intensity mellowed and deepened by the fruity esters and complexity of a time-tested Belgian yeast strain. That's the Belgian Hop Topper IPA, a craft beer that's as unique as you are.

Your brewing journey begins with 6 lbs. of Extra Light Dry Malt Extract, the backbone of your brew. This malt extract lays the foundation for a beer that's light in color but heavy on flavor.

Next, you'll add 12 oz. of Caramel Malt 20L. This malt adds a touch of sweetness to your brew, balancing out the bitterness of the hops. It's like the yin to the hop's yang, creating a beer that's perfectly balanced and incredibly drinkable.

Then, you'll stir in 1 lb. of Victory Malt. This malt is the secret ingredient that gives your beer its toasty, biscuity flavor. It's like a warm, comforting hug in every sip.

To boost the body and mouthfeel of your beer, you'll add 1 lb. of Brewer’s Crystals. These crystals are like the fairy dust of the brewing world, magically transforming your brew into a beer that's full-bodied and satisfying.

Now, it's time for the hops. You'll start with 1 oz. of Magnum Hops, known for their clean bitterness and floral aroma. Then, you'll add 1 oz. of Perle Hops, which contribute a hint of spice and fruit to your brew. Finally, you'll finish with 3 oz. of Centennial Hops, the grand finale that adds a burst of citrus and floral notes to your beer.

The result? A Belgian Hop Topper IPA that's as complex as it is refreshing. It's a beer that will leave you wishing you had more in the fridge. So why wait? Start your brewing adventure today with the Belgian Hop Topper IPA kit. Your taste buds will thank you.

ABV: 6.5% - 6.9%
IBU: 71
SG: 1.068
FG: 1.017
SRM: 8

INGREDIENTS    

- 6 lbs. Extra Light Dry Malt Extract
- 12. oz. Caramel Malt 20L
- 1 lb. Victory Malt
- 1 lb. Brewer’s Crystals
- 1 oz. Magnum Hops
- 1 oz. Perle Hops
- 3 oz. Centennial Hops
- Yeast Energizer / Irish Moss Combo Packet
- 1 Packet of Dry Yeast (SafAle T-58)

HOPS SCHEDULE 

- 60 minutes: 1 oz. Magnum Hops (Bittering)
- 30 Minutes: 2 oz. Perle (Flavoring)
- 10 minutes: 1 oz. Centennial Hops (Aroma)
- 0 minutes: 2 oz. Centennial Hops (Aroma)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat 2-3 gallons of water to 155°F.
2. Place grains in a grain bag and steep in the hot water for 30 minutes.
3. Remove the grain bag and discard.
4. Stir in dry malt extracts and Brewer’s Crystals then mix until evenly dissolved.
5. Bring wort to a rolling boil.
6. Add the hops according to the hop schedule.
7. Boil for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. At 15 minutes add Yeast Energizer / Irish Moss Combo Packet.
9. Terminate boil and cool the wort to 70°F.
10. Transfer the wort to a fermenter and top off with cold water to 5 gallons.
11. Pitch the yeast and seal the fermenter.
12. Ferment at 60-65°F for 14-21 days. (Or until fermentation is complete)
13. Transfer to a bottling bucket and stir in 5 oz. priming sugar. Mix until evenly distributed and bottle your beer.
14. Once bottled, allow 2 weeks for carbonation in a cool, dark room. Enjoy!

 
OTHER PRODUCTS YOU MIGHT NEED
 

If you are making a beer kit for the first time, an equipment kit is a great and low-stress way to get all the equipment you need to make your Belgian Hop Topper IPA

This Brewer's Best Equipment Kit is top of the line and comes complete for a beginner brewer.

  • Equipment kit includes: 
  • 6.5 Gallon "Ale Pail" Primary Fermenter with Grommeted Lid 
  • 6.5 Gallon "Ale Pail" Bottling Bucket with Spigot 
  • Easy Clean No-Rinse Cleanser 
  • Auto-Siphon 
  • 5 Gallon Glass Carboy 
  • Plastic Paddle
  • Carboy Brush
  • Hydrometer
  • Liquid Crystal Thermometer
  • Bottle Brush
  • Black Beauty Capper
  • Econolock
  • Drilled Bung
  • Lab Thermometer
  • Bottle Filler
  • Siphon Hose with Shut-off Clamp
  • IO-Star
  • 20 qt. Brew Pot
  • Equipment Instructions

star sanSanitizer and Spray Bottle

Good sanitation practices are absolutely fundamental to good beer making. Five Star San is the premier sanitizer you will need to make your Belgian Hop Topper IPA beer kit. A great practice for extra protection is to have a spray bottle filled with sanitizing solution so you can re-sanitize everything that touches or goes near your beer. Sanitation is much more difficult with beer than wine because beer has a higher pH. Wine's high acidity makes bacterial infection less likely but with beer, one small mishap can cost you your batch. 

amber beer bottleBottles

When your Belgian Hop Topper IPA is done, you will need bottles. This standard 12 ounce bottle is a good choice. You will need 54 for a 5 gallon batch. Bottles do not come with caps.

5 gallon glass carboy

Carboys   

The 5 gallon carboy pictured here is the standard size for any beer kit. If you have never worked with a carboy, it is important to know they should not be moved full without a carboy handle or a carrier. 

brew-pot.pngBrew Pots

The pot pictured is an 8 gallon pot that is perfect for any beer kit or a standard 5 gallon batch. 

wart-chiller.pngWort Chillers and Thermometers

Wort Chillers and Thermometers are long term investments. It is important to chill your Belgian Hop Topper IPA wort quickly. The quicker you chill it the stronger the cold break will be. You also need a good thermometer that reads fast temperature fluctuations.  

SiphonsSiphons

Auto-siphons are a great luxury item to have in your brew equipment. Once you have one you will never go without it again. Don't forget to use a heavy duty sanitizer to clean it since you don't want to replace it as often as hoses. A good sanitizer for that job is Five Star San. 

FermenterFermenters

The fermenter pictured here is standard for a 5 gallon beer kit.

minijet-tubing-34987-97929.jpgHoses

 Many people reuse their hoses for far too long. Replacing your hoses often or even using as single use items is highly recommended with beer making. Hoses are very hard to clean and beer is very susceptible to bacterial infection. You do not want to risk losing your  Belgian Hop Topper IPA over a few feet of unsanitary hose. 

4708-anti-splash-funnel-95307-32839.jpgFunnels

Pouring your wort into a carboy can be tricky. Use a big funnel made just for the job. They even have different mesh screens to remove particles. 

AirlocksAirlocks

It is recommended to replace airlocks often. Because they never physically touch the beer, the sanitation risk is too often overlooked. Bacteria can spread without physical contact in a closed environment and plastic stubbornly harbors bacteria.   

6.5 stopperStoppers and Bungs 

Bungs and stoppers should also be periodically replaced. They can dry out and harbor bacteria. 

 carboy brushCarboy Brush

Keeping your carboy clean before and after use is key to avoid bacterial infection in your beer. A carboy brush is a great tool to get into those nooks and crannies. 

bottle-washer.pngStainless Steel Carboy and Bottle Washer

Stainless Steel Carboy and Bottle Washer is a convenient way of cleaning your bottles and/or carboys.  This high quality tool will come in handy.  Hooks up straight to your faucet with the bottle washer adapter (#4804) and puts out plenty of pressure to clean those stubborn stains from beer bottles that have been sitting around. 

bottle capperCapper

When you bottle your Belgian Hop Topper IPA, you will need to cap your bottles. This capper is inexpensive, easy to use and does not require attaching to a counter. It has a magnet to hold the cap in place.  

 

 

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 DID YOU KNOW

Today, hop varieties are no longer identifying exclusively by their place of origin, but instead often by their aroma and flavor profile. Popular varieties include Cascade, Simcoe, and Centenniel, which are all known for their intense aromas and flavor contributions.