A few weeks ago I made a 5 gallon batch of an India Pale Ale that came from a brewers best kit. These are great kits to follow for novice beer makers. I followed the recipe, but then dry hopped the beer with Amarillo Hops. They call it dry hopping, but it’s actually just dumping in a bunch of fresh hops after the beer has fermented.
Back when the sun never set on the British Empire, beer had a long journey getting to India. In order to ensure that the beer didn’t spoil or get scurvy, they started adding a bunch of hops. This slightly fruity taste addition paired well with the oppresive heat of India. So the India Pale was born.
I fermented for 8 days, then dry hopped for 2 weeks. It tastes delicious and I’m very happy with how it turned out.