Hop Slam IPA (NZ - Riwaka)
Who needs to visit their local watering hole when you can make something as magical as the Hop Slam IPA? Showing off the unique personality of the Riwaka hop, this IPA is as stunning as the famous rock pools that surround the New Zealand town from which it takes its name. The beer’s medium bodied malt backbone is brought to life by a bunch of colourful characters that roll across the tongue like a summer breeze. As you dive into its beautiful copper and amber hues, expect a blend of tropical passionfruit, grapefruit, and citrus aromas as well as that signature IPA bitterness.
- 1 x 1.7kg Thomas Coopers Brew A IPA
- 3 x 500g Coopers Light Dry Malt
- 2 x 25g Riwaka Hop Pellets
- 1 x 11.5g Safale US-05 Dry Yeast
- 1 x 250g Coopers Carbonation Drops
- Colour: Copper/Amber
- Body: Medium/High
- Bitterness: High
- Approx. Alcohol Level: 5.6% ABV
- Naturally Carbonated: Natural
STEP 1: Mix
Place Coopers Light Dry Malt into a drained sanitised Fermenting Vessel (FV) and add 3 litres of cold water.
Immediately pick the FV up and swirl the contents until dissolved (approx 30 secs) - this method minimises clumping but don’t be concerned if lumps remain.
Add the Thomas Coopers Brew A IPA and stir to dissolve.
Top up with cool water to 20 litres and stir thoroughly.
Check the brew temperature and top up to 23 litres with warm or cold water (refrigerated if necessary) to get as close as possible to 20C.
Sprinkle both the US-05 and brew can yeast then fit the lid.
STEP 2: Brew
Place the FV in a location out of direct sunlight and try to ferment as close to 20C as possible.
Fermentation should take around 7 to 10 days.
Once the foam has subsided (usually around day 6 or 7 when fermenting with US-05) add the Riwaka Hops (we recommend wrapping them in a mesh cleaning cloth, pulled straight from the wrapper).
On day 10 check the specific gravity (SG).
Check the SG again the following day and so on.
STEP 3: Bottle
The brew is ready once the SG has stabilised over a couple of days, expect about 1008 to 1012.
Gently fill clean PET bottles to about 3cm from the top.
Add 2 carbonation drops per bottle and secure the caps.
Store the bottles upright in a location out of direct sunlight at or above 18C.
STEP 4: Enjoy!
After at least two weeks, check for sufficient carbonation by squeezing the PET bottles.
Bottles kept unrefrigerated should improve with age.
When ready to drink, chill the bottles upright.
The chilled beer may be poured into clean glassware, leaving the sediment behind.
Expect the alcohol content to be approximately 5.6% ABV.