We set out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to brew an all Citra Pale Ale. Our inspiration was Three Floyds Brewing Co.’s Zombie Dust, which has been described as a medium bodied single hop beer showcasing Citra hops from the Yakima Valley.
The inspiration for the recipe is simple; it’s hard, if not virtually impossible, to get Zombie Dust on the West Coast. It’s brewed by Three Floyd’s Brewing Co. out of Munster, Indiana and maintains an impressive 100 out of 100 on Beer Advocate. While the Zombie Dust recipe is not posted by the brewer, it is rumored to contain 100% Citra hops from the Yakima Valley.
We started out our brew day with the lofty goal of mirroring Zombie Dust. We began by scouring the web for a recipe. Not surprisingly, we found no shortage of homebrewers developing clones for this brew. After reading hundreds of blog entries, we settled in on a base recipe posted in www.homebrewtalk.com under “Multiple – Three Floyds Zombie Dust Clone.”
We followed this recipe by the letter with some minor exceptions. First, this was no ordinary brew day. For starters, all the equipment was new and untested. The new 1550 Tippy Dump Brew Sculpture from MoreBeer was purchased about a month ago and the conical fermenter about the same time. As luck would have it, a fitting was missing on one of the connectors of the Tippy, and we were unable to recirculate our wort. Consequently, we had to adjust our original recipe in Beer Smith. Second, we adjusted the grain bill for a lower SRM to take into account some blog commentators stating that the original recipe created a beer with a higher SRM than the real Zombie Dust.
Aside from the inability to recirculate our wort, everything else about the day was perfect. The weather was gorgeous; we had smoked a pork shoulder that came out excellent; Dave Prillwitz hooked us up with at least 12 rare beers and we all had a blast.
CITRA BOMB PALE ALE
Type: All Grain
Batch Size (Gallons): 10.00
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage
Equipment: B3 1550
22lbs Pale Malt 2 Row Grain
1 lb 1 oz Munich Malt – 10L (Grain
13.8 oz Carafoam (2.0 SRM) Grain
12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt – 60L Grain
10.8 oz Melanoiden Malt Grain
1.50 oz Citra (First Wort Hop)
1.00 oz Citra Boil (30.0 min)
1.00 oz Citra Boil (15 min)
2.00 oz Citra Boil (10 min)
2.00 oz Citra Boil (5 min)
2.00 oz Citra Boil (1.0 min)
2 pkg SafAle English Ale (#S-04)
5.00 oz Citra (Dry Hop 10 days)
Original Gravity: 1.059
Final Gravity: 1.010
Color: 6.8 SRM
Mash Temp: 156 F
Mash Out: 168 F
Primary Fermentation: 10 days
Secondary Fermentation: 10 days