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HMS Challenger

256 calories 16.5 g 12 oz
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Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Imperial IPA
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.062 (recipe based estimate)
Post Boil Gravity: 1.079 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 78% (brew house)
Source: Fiftyohm
Calories: 256 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 16.5 g (Per 12oz)
Created Tuesday October 25th 2016
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
14 lb United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale14 lb Maris Otter Pale 38 3.75 94.9%
0.50 lb American - Caramel / Crystal 60L0.5 lb Caramel / Crystal 60L 34 60 3.4%
0.25 lb American - Wheat0.25 lb Wheat 38 1.8 1.7%
14.75 lbs / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
2 oz Challenger2 oz Challenger Hops Pellet 8.5 Boil 60 min 52.63 40%
1 oz Challenger1 oz Challenger Hops Pellet 8.5 Boil 15 min 13.06 20%
1 oz Challenger1 oz Challenger Hops Pellet 8.5 Boil 10 min 9.54 20%
1 oz Challenger1 oz Challenger Hops Pellet 8.5 Boil 5 min 5.25 20%
5 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
18 qt Two stage batch Sparge 150 °F 60 min
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast
1 Each
Attenuation (custom):
Optimum Temp:
57 - 70 °F
Fermentation Temp:
70 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P) 139 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Method: dextrose       Amount: 4.5 oz       Temp: 68 °F       CO2 Level: 2.25 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Balanced Profile
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

This is a single-hopped double IPA. (It's pretty much a SMASH ale.) I love single-hopped IPAs where you can really get the character of the hop - and Challenger is an excellent dual-purpose hop. It's a big beer, obviously, and after many, many brews and experimentation now, it's become a neighborhood favorite.

I cask-condition it, and serve it through an Angram engine at about 55 degrees F cellar temp.

The HMS Challenger is one of my best beers. (And when my buds come by expecting to quaff four or five 20 oz. pints, they only try once!)

All the malt carries the bitterness very well. There is some residual sweetness on the palate, with a creamy mouth-feel from service through the beer engine. Only a relatively small amount of crystal is used, (it is an IPA after all), with just a touch of wheat for head retention.

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