Fearless John’s Order of the Hop

A 15 Minute American Ale.

Fearless John’s Order of the Hop was a Chivalic Order or Knights. It seems he basically created it to have a drinking club for his friends. No better person to create a drinking club.  John the Fearless Duke of Burgundy is supposedly the  man who invented hopped beer. I created this beer for three reasons. I wanted to try the 15 minute APA that the guys at Basic Brewing Video came up with, I wanted to do a 1 gallon “6 pack” batch, and I wanted to try the relatively new (2007) Citra Hop.

15 Minute Pale Ale

It is a very straight forward process.  You basically throw the specialty grains in the water and take them out when the water reaches 170 deg. F. Then add the DME. Once the water is boiling, throw twice as many hops in as you would with a regular boil. This is because, as the name implies, you are only going to boil 15 minutes.  Twice as many hops you ask? 15 minutes isn’t half of 60 minutes. You are correct, but alpha acid isomerization isn’t linear. Approximately half the isomirization occurs in the first 15 minutes.

1 gallon batch

The most common batch is a 5 gallon batch. Sometimes a smaller batch is useful. It takes less time to boil 1 gallon of water. You can easily do a full boil. You can experiment, and if the experiment fails, you only waste a gallon of beer instead of 5.

Citra Hop

The Citra Hop is a relatively new variety of hop. It was released in 2007, and at an Alpha Acid of around 12-14% you can consider it as both an aroma hop and a bittering hop. It has an interesting aroma and flavor of citrus and tropical fruits.

Here is my particular recipe:

Target OG: 1.054
Measure OG: 1.055
Target IBU:

1 lb 2.5 Extra Light DME
3.2 oz Crystal Malt 60L
0.50 oz Citra Hop at 15 Minutes
0.40 oz Citra Hop at 5 Minutes
0.50 oz Citra Hop at Flame Out

I underestimated the boil off you can get with only a 15 minute boil, so I ended with an original gravity of 1.068. I used Beersmith to figure out how much water to add, and diluted it down to 1.055. I threw it in a 1 gallon jug and put it in my closet. The hops should really showcase in this beer, and I hope it lives up to its namesake.

I should have used a blow off tube.

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6 thoughts on “Fearless John’s Order of the Hop

  1. I love Citra hops. They have a grapefruit/mango/passion fruit aroma and taste. I don’t know why I don’t use them all the time.

    As for blow-off tubes, I use them at the beginning of all my fermentations.

  2. This did smell great. I can definitely see using them again. I keep thinking I should use a blow-off tube, and then I keep rolling the dice on an airlock. I once heard an interview with some guy from white labs yeast, and he claimed that you really only needed some aluminium foil during the initial active fermentation, and then you can put on an airlock. Maybe I should try that, of course that wouldn’t stop a mess any better than an airlock. At least the blow off tube would keep it contained.

  3. John the Fearless Duke of Burgundy is supposedly the man who invented hopped beer. The above statement I think might be wrong as Pepin III the father of Emperor Charlemagne, left in his will a hop garden. I therefore think that Hops were around the year 800 grown in the northern part of France and probably what we now call Belgium as an agricultural crop for brewing of beer.

    Cheers<
    Gerard

  4. Pingback: Fearless John’s Order of the Hop Take Two | Helper Monkey Brews

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