Can You MAKE HEADY TOPPER AT HOME?? | How to Brew an INCREDIBLE Double IPA | Do EXTREME IBUs Matter?

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Heady Topper is an absolute craft beer legend, as it pioneered the juicy, hazy IPA trend. It’s an amazing beer, and has proven to be very difficult to clone on the homebrew scale. Can it be done? Join me as I take a crack at cloning this incredible beer!

The clone recipe that inspired this brew: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/threads/heady-topper-can-you-clone-it.390082/page-90#post-7331823
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Recipe for 5 gallons, your efficiency may vary:

“Heavy Hopper”

8.0% ABV 126 IBU

13 lb Thomas Fawcett Pearl Malt (85.2%)
0.75 lb Muntons Caramalt 15L (4.9%)
0.75 lb White Wheat (4.9%)
0.75 lb Dextrose (4.9%)

Single Infusion Mash at 152 F (67 C)

Water (ppm): Ca: 171, Mg: 10, Na: 26, SO4: 71, Cl: 407, HCO3: 0
Add 20g Gypsum, 3g Epsom, 2g NaCl, and 2g CaCl to 8 gal (30 L) of distilled water.
Adjust mash pH to 5.2-5.5 with lactic acid if needed.

90 minute boil
Add 18 mL HopShot (55.4% AA) at 90 min
20 min Whirlpool at 180 F (82 C) with:
-2.5 oz (70g) Simcoe (13.7% AA)
-1 oz (28g) Centennial (8% AA)
-0.75 oz (21g) Amarillo (8.2% AA)
-0.75 oz Apollo (18% AA)
-0.75 oz Columbus (12.2% AA)
Dry Hop for 5 days on Day 5 with:
-1.5 oz (42g) Centennial
-1.5 oz Simcoe
-1 oz Amarillo
-1 oz Columbus
-0.75 oz Apollo

OG: 1.070

Yeast: Imperial A04 “Barbarian”

Ferment at 63 F (17 C) for 5 days, then add dry hops on days 5-10. Remove dry hops from the beer, then raise to 68 F (20 C) for 2-3 weeks, then package and cold condition for 1-2 more weeks.

FG: 1.010
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0:00 Intro and Welcome
1:08 Style Description and Approach
3:34 Heady Topper Tasting Notes
5:36 Recipe
14:13 Mash
15:16 Boil, Whirlpool and Yeast Pitch
17:50 Fermentation Plan and Dry Hop
22:01 Fermentation Follow-Up
23:57 Pour and Tasting Notes
30:19 Potential Improvements
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