How to make an amazing IPA in an evening

Want to make a strong New England IPA on a stove... in a couple of hours? Here’s how

In our new range of homebrew kit, we have a fantastic range of small batch homebrew starter kits pulled together by our highly-respected US partners Northern Brewer. Here’s a guide to the Off The Topper kit.

Off The Topper, you may have guessed, is a clone of the classic New England IPA: Alchemist’s Heady Topper. It is low on bitterness and high on fruity hops. In fact, we’ve never seen so many hops go in one gallon (4.5l) brew.


The box itself comes with everything you need: all the ingredients (handily weighed out), and even a muslin bag for steeping the hops in, plus a demi-john, syphon, bottle caps, bottle capper, sanitising solution, tubing and a bottle filler. All you need to dig out is a large pot (to take seven litres) and some bottles (start saving them).

How to make an amazing IPA in an evening

Want to make a strong New England IPA on a stove... in a couple of hours? Here’s how

In our new range of homebrew kit, we have a fantastic range of small batch homebrew starter kits pulled together by our highly-respected US partners Northern Brewer. Here’s a guide to the Off The Topper kit.

Off The Topper, you may have guessed, is a clone of the classic New England IPA: Alchemist’s Heady Topper. It is low on bitterness and high on fruity hops. In fact, we’ve never seen so many hops go in one gallon (4.5l) brew.


The box itself comes with everything you need: all the ingredients (handily weighed out), and even a muslin bag for steeping the hops in, plus a demi-john, syphon, bottle caps, bottle capper, sanitising solution, tubing and a bottle filler. All you need to dig out is a large pot (to take seven litres) and some bottles (start saving them).


Best of all, however, is this can be made in an evening, and still have time to cook dinner.

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STEP BY STEP

1. Check off the ingredients, read the simple instructions, marvel at the amount of hops.

2. Heat seven litres of water to around 65ºC, and steep the speciality malts.

3. In three bowls, distribute out the hops for each addition.

4. Discard the malts after 15 minutes, bring water to boil and add liquid and dried malt extract.

5. Add in the bittering hops, and and boil for 45 minutes.

6. Keep an eye on the boiling liquid so it doesn’t boil over.

7. Sanitise the fermenting vessel, airlock, syphon, screw cap, yeast packet and scissors.

8. Once the wort has cooled down to 15ºC-20ºC, syphon the wort into the fermenter and slosh about a bit. Add half the packet of yeast.

9. Seal the fermenter and fill the airlock with water. Have a beer.