Sorta-Stone-Faced IPA - 5 Gallon (Extract or All-Grain) Ingredient Kit

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The recipe for this ingredient kit comes to us from the American Homebrewers Association.  The original recipe was named for the Medusa strain of hops it used, we built this kit up on the Sabro variety - a close relative. thus the "Sorta-Stone-Faced." 

The kit includes:

  • Liquid malt extract / Base grain (for all-grain version)
  • Specialty malts (pre-milled)
  • Disposable grain bag
  • All hops (Sabro and Magnum)
  • Safale-05 yeast
  • Priming sugar

Recipe information:

  • Yield: 5 gallons
  • Original Gravity: 1.063
  • Final Gravity: 1.012
  • ABV: 6.70%
  • IBU: 52
  • SRM: 7


Here is the link to the recipe on the AHA site, and the description from the AHA site:

The following beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2017 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Access this issue along with the archives with Zymurgy Online!

Most of the hops we use for brewing are of the variety Humulus lupulus var. lupulus, but strains of H. lupulus var. neomexicanus, Medusa, has appeared in at least two commercial beers: Sierra Nevada's Harvest Wild Hop IPA and Crazy Mountain Brewing Company's Neomexicanus Native Pale Ale. And the experimental variety HBC 438, now known as Sabro, was made available to homebrewers in 2014.

Stone-Faced IPA is built around Medusa, but any variety of neomexicanus should work just as well and may be easier to source, Sabro in particular. The monks of the Benedictine Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico grow five other varieties—Chama, Latir, Tierra, Amalia, and Mintras—which have sold out quickly in the past, but more and more farms are devoting acreage to these uniquely North American varieties.