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and IPA called James

Tonight there is very little on TV. It kinda sucks. Supernatural has finished for its current season and it seems Monday night isnt a focus for the TV guru’s. Right now its a toss-up between old Top Gear episodes, and the Iron Man cartoon. Like I said its a tough call.

To add to the ambiance my apartment is very smokey, like a 1970’s pub, thanks to me having a steak for dinner. I must add it was a fucking excellent steak, part due to me being excellent at cooking steaks, but mostly due to the good people a Costco having the sense to use all MSA graded beef. Excellent.

Now to the IPA called James. As previously blogged I brewed a batch of Cosmic Tex on the weekend that started out as a US IPA but due to a hiccup or two and a few more hops it ended up as an Imperial IPA. All things are more or less the same on the malt % and the hop profile but it is now 1074 OG and 132 IBU. Now that is calculated! not actual. I have no doubt if I was to measure the IBU’s properly it would go nowhere near that. Also I have no idea of the hop utilisation through the hop rocket. All I do know is that my car smelt really good driving the wort back to Yarraville. When all the dry hopping is done there will be over 450 grams of hops in a 22 litre batch. That’s a lot, over 21 grams per litre. That’s a lot.

Now back onto an IPA called James. This beer is an English IPA. I have an English uncle. It makes sense that they have the same name. This beer is about 1070 and about 40 IBU’s so kind of mild in relation to Cosmic Tex but it had a wonderful spicy hoppy aroma. I am still uncertain if I’ll dry hop it. Probably. Will see later on this week.

Anyway its a good thing having a couple of IPA’s fermenting away in your spare room. I recommend it to everyone. Also as there are now 2 IPA’s I am extending the idea of sending me in ideas of tap handles or bottle labels to James the IPA as well as Cosmic Tex. Havent been overrun by entries yet. I guess the lack of a prize may be a factor? hmm…

As far as my Brand Power lady impersonation for today “If you like home brewing beer and really want to shove a gutload of hops in your beer try new Hop Rocket from Blichmann Engineering. Its wonderful all stainless construction and simpleton proof construction make it ideal for even the most stupid home brewer. Get yours today” A really good product that worked first time, no stuffing around straight out of the box. And it lets you play with wonderful resiny whole flower hops. And it acts as a kind of filter for all the crap that otherwise would end up in my plate chiller.

Anyway there is something nice about being opulent and inefficient. Cosmic Tex is both these things. I have decided that the unit of hops added to this beer is a metric opulence. It’s also nice to invent your own unit of measurement. So much so that I looked for a picture that says opulence. Using Google the seem to think that means pictures of ladies in their underware. Fair enough but insetad I went for the below picture.

Cheers D



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naming rights – Cosmic Tex Rebooted

2 Foot Tex IPA was named after a mates kid. His real name (the kid) is Archer, but Tex is one of the middle names, and he gets called that a bit. The name came from a drunken agreement made between myself and Stu, Tex’s dad at Meredith Music Festival about 4 years ago. Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins were playing on the Sunday, at about midday. It was bloody hot and dusty, we were both several UDL cans of varying flavor into the day. I recall that about the only way we’d found to keep cool was put ice down our underwear. Not such a good idea.

Anyway myself and Stu both have man crushes on both Tex and Tim. Somehow we ended up agreeing that if Stu had a kid he’d call it Tex (well he got it in as a middle name) and if I end up with a kid the name Tim is on the list.

Whose better half? Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins

So that’s the history to the beer name 2 Foot Tex IPA. This year the recipe has been morphed a little and Tex is a bit taller so the name needs to change. Stu has hit on the idea of the addition of the Galaxy hop making the beer cosmic. This leads us to the new name Cosmic Tex Rebooted. I added the rebooted bit, cos its a rebooted recipe. It’s also fitting that the cosmic word gets in there as the Galaxy hops are being added through a rocket. That’s all pretty cool.

So brewing this beer on Saturday, and another IPA, more of an English one. It’ll be a long brew day, still the worst day brewing it 10 times better than your best day in the office. Boo to the office!

Well there you go Stu comment on that! I know you want me to design a label and a tap handle but I really can’t be arsed. Anybody with some art like skills please feel free to go for it. I think something combining Tex Perkins, something to do with space, maybe Saturn, and lots of hops as there is a metric shit tonne of hops in this beer. 

Anyway send in any tap handle or label designs and I’ll post them.

Cheers D

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