BrewBlog: Bolt ActionIPA
General Information
Method: All Grain

This beer is dedicated to my dog Bolt who passed away recently. He was my duck hunting partner and will be missed. To quote Neil Young - "we found things to do in stormy weather, long may you run".

Over the past year I've taken the Northern Brewer Tongue Splitter recipe and modified the hop schedule to a single hop variety - Simcoe - my personal favorite hop. I've also tried to imitate Surly brewing Furious a time or two and used Amarillo hops in the process. I've also made the NB Three Hearted Ale which has a higher malt bill than the Tongue Splitter or the Furious.

This beer is a blend of all three. A malt bill similar to the Three Hearted and a blend of the hops that are used in all three. I used fresh hop cones ordered on-line from They smell so good you can taste them!

I design my beers using BeerSmith software. According to the beer style, this one's a bit higher on the IBU's than the style guide but I'm OK with that!


11/29/09 - Day 8 and I've racked this brew into a glass carbouy for a week to let it settle prior to putting into the keg with the dry hops. It smelled good and looks good. Did not taste or measure specific gravity.

12/10/09 - took a sample today. Specific gravity measured out at 1.008. It's got the golden hue I was shooting for and it tastes quite good pre-dry hopping. At this point it seems very well balanced - maybe a bit leaning towards maltyness so the dry hop should round that out nicely. It's not heavy on the tongue and has a nice bitter finish. Based on the flavor of this sample I decided to transfer to keg and dry hop with 1.5 ounce of Simcoe. It is also quite clear and bright for this stage of the game.


12/13/2009 - put in the fridge and applied CO2. It smells so dang good!

Scale Recipe
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Malts and Grains
Total Boil Time: 60 minutes
Name: Pacific Ale
Manufacturer: White Labs
Product ID: WLP041
Type: Ale
Flocculation: High
Attenuation: 67%
Temperature Range: 65–68°F
Amount: 1000 ml
Equipment Profile

8 Gallon/28 Liter Kettle and 10 Gallon/38 Liter Cooler Mash Tun

Batch Size: 5.00 gallons Boil Volume: 6.50 gallons
Evaporation Rate: 11.00% per hour Mash Tun Dead Space: 0.25 gallons
Efficiency: 72% Mash Tun Weight: 9.00 pounds
Hop Utilization: 100% Mash Tun Volume: 10.00 gallons
Loss: 0.50 gallons Mash Tun Specific Heat: 0.30 Cal/gram per °C
Mash Profile

Single Infusion Mash, Medium Bodied Beer

Grain Temperature: 72°F Tun Temperature: 72°F
Sparge Temperature: 168°F PH: 5.4
PPG: 28.6 Efficiency: 84.9%

Mash profile for most well-modified malts.


# Name Type Time Temp. Description
1 Mash In Infusion 60 min. 154°F

Add 70% of mash water at 166° F / 74° C

2 Mash Out Infusion 10 min. 168°F

Add 30% of mash water at 197° F / 92° C


Mash in 13 qts water at 168

Hold mash at 154 for 60 minutes

Mash out - 7.8 quarts water at 196

Holt mash at 168 for 10 minutes

Vorlauf and Drain Mash Tun

Batch Sparge 3.33 gallons water at 168. Stir well and then let sit for 15 minutes. Vorlauf and Drain Mash Tun.

Add water to achieve 6.4 gals boil volume

1.5 oz magnum - 60 minutes

1 oz Amarillo - 20 minutes

2 oz Simcoe - 5 minutes

1 oz Simcoe - dry hop in keg.

Special Procedures

Batch Sparge is the only thing 

Tasting Reviews
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Mouthfeel: / 5
Overall Impression: / 10
Cumulative Score: 0 / 50 Problematic
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Appearance: / 3
Flavor: / 20
Mouthfeel: / 5
Overall Impression: / 10
Cumulative Score: 0 / 50 Problematic
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