Bjorn Kveik IPA            

When I was ordering Ubbe yeast, I took also different Kveik strain for my next IPA.  I have chosen Bjorn Kveik because I had tried a sample from a test batch of pale ale in Hope Brewery fermented by them and they did a fantastic job.
Also, I would test some idea which I found in a post on one of my favorite blogs. All post is about replacing expensive hops by cheaper rich in geraniol and linalool which should convert during fermentation into citronellol and mimic hops like Citra. 
It wasn’t my goal to reduplicate this experiment, but I found some tip how to choose which hops are better to use for a whirlpool and which for dry hopping. Michael suggests using at end of the boil rich linalool and geraniol hops and 4-SMP hops use for early dry hoping.
So let’s try…


Batch size: 25L (6.5 gal)
Mash water: 21L RO filtered water + 8g Gypsum + 4g Calcium Chloride + 2ml Phosphoric Acid 75%
Sparge water: 15L RO filtered water
Pre-boil gravity: 1.054 (13.3 BLG)
Boil time: 60 min
OG: 1.060 (14.7 BLG)
FG: 1.006 (1.5 BLG)
IBU*=76 EBC*=6.7 SRM=3.4 ABV=7.2%
BH Efficienty*=79% Est Mash Eff*=86.4%
* – EST by Beer Smith3


5 kgCrisp Extra Pale Ale Malt79.4%
0.30 kgCara-Pils 4.8%
0.50 kgFlaked Oats7.9%
0.50 kgFlaked Wheat7.9%


60 minChinook20g13%BoilPellet
20 minChinook30g13%BoilPellet
30 minChinook50g13%WhirpoolPellet
30 minCascade40g6%WhirpoolPellet
7 DaysEquinox50g15%Dry HopPellet
7 DaysCentennial50g10%Dry HopPellet
4 DaysEquinox50g15%Dry HopPellet
4 DaysCentennial50g10%Dry HopPellet


WHC Lab – BJORN Kveik


67°C (152°F)Mash Step75 min
76°C (168°F)Mash Out15 min

BREW DAY– 27.08.2019

Fermentation from 26°C to 33°C on the last day. Then I removed first hops addition, added second and start cooling to 16°C for next 4 days

No raking to secondary fermentation

09.09.2019 Bottling

Fermentation finished with FG: 1.006. I have bottled with addition 147g glucose to get carbonation approximately 2.5 vol. I get 40 bottles.

29.09.2019 Tasting

Well… again. The beer differs completely from what I expect. It results from my zero experience with kveik yeast. I planned to get final gravity around 1.010-1.012 so more full, sweet with less alcohol. Also, dry hopping during the primary fermentation with kveik looks to be a bad idea because of the high fermentation temperature. Beer is grassy with low hop aroma and high alcohol. Probably in this recipe, the best idea is to use different yeasts or skip primary fermentation hops addition, mash in higher temperature and make primary fermentation in higher temperature to get more esters from yeasts.
Lucky my garage temperature back to normal so, for now, I can get back to my casual brewing and leave kveik experiments for next summer.

2 thoughts on “Bjorn Kveik IPA            

  1. Thanks for the details. I’m experimenting with Kveik yeast for a wet-hopped NEIPA shortly (when my hops are ready). I’m not sure which Kveik strain I’ll be using, it depends on which ones the store has available. Now I’m a little reluctant to add hops to the early fermentation. And I’ll assume a bit lower FG in my grain bill calc. I get headaches from alcohol so I try to keep my recipes on the light end of the scale.

    1. Since using grainfather I had lower attenuation than expected and higher alcohol. The problem I solved by heating the water to 72 ° C (161 ° F) before adding the malts. After adding grains, I turn on the recirculation for 2-3 minutes and when the temperature stabilizes around 67-68 ° C (152-154 ° F) I run the recipe saved on the phone. For the next beer on kveik, I will go this way, because this beer was too dry for this strength.

      Last time I have been doing dry hopping in two steps, first half of the hops during active fermentation, then transferring to the bottling fermenter and there another portion of hops in the dry hop filter and after 3-4 days filling bottles directly from this fermentor. This works better for me than one step dry hopping.

      Soon 3 more beers on kveik, kveik gose, another kveik lager and probably kveik IPA. I just need to complete the outstanding posts.

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