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Peter Cooke of Bridgewater, New Jersey, a member of the Garden State Home Brewers, won a silver medal in Category 18: Hazy IPA in the 2023 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego. Cooke’s hazy IPA was chosen second out of 168 entries in the category.
Peter shares the following of his award-winning recipe:
Inspired by a visit to a new, local craft brewery called Oakflower in Millington, New Jersey, this beer started life as an experiment to see what a 100% Citra-hopped hazy IPA would be like. Two iterations later it medaled in the National Homebrew Competition!
The key parts about brewing this beer are:
- Boil the mash water and then cool before mashing.
- Start the first dry hop no sooner than day 7
- Lower the hopping temperature for both the first and second dry hop.
It goes without saying that oxygen is not your friend when it comes to heavily hopped beers, so closed transfer is essential when kegging. One final piece that I have recently found to be successful: dissolve 5 grams of Ascorbic Acid in 50 milliliters of distilled water and inject it through the gas quick disconnect prior to carbonating and conditioning.