Wow, can it really be July already? It has been a while since I brewed a batch of beer, and I’ve really been looking forward to using one of our warm Bonny Doon summer afternoons to do so. An added bonus is that this summer will be incredibly busy for me, which makes waiting for beer to ferment much easier. In order to get in the brewing mood, I thought I’d post about some beers I’ve made.

The first beer I brewed came without a real recipe. I walked into our local homebrew store and they employee helped me just throw together what he thought would be a good hoppy IPA. It came out less hoppy than planned, with less alcohol than a typical IPA from the States, resembling a traditional pale ale moreso than an IPA. I decided this hybrid style should be called an “American Indian” Pale Ale, and named it Ishi, after the Yahi Indian who lived at UC Berkeley in the early 1900s. The label and recipe are below. (Ishi was featured on Santa Cruz’s finest photo blog!)

Ishi Label

ISHI American Indian Pale Ale


  1. Heat 5 gallons water to ~160ºF (Not over 180ºF)
  2. Steep grains for 15-20 mins (did closer to 20 minutes)
  3. Remove grains, bring to a boil (took 15-20 min); kill heat
  4. Add malt extract and dissolve completely (took ~15 min)
  5. Bring back to a boil (10-15 min)
  6. Once boiling, start countdown and begin adding hops according to boiling schedule (Add coil along with hops and moss with 20 min remaining.)
  7. Cool to 65-75ºF (30-45 min)
  8. Transfer to primary fermenter (~10 min)
  9. Add yeast, aerate, and add final (dry) hops.

Initial gravity: 1.056 at 70-72ºF Final gravity: 1.010 at 70ºF

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