So I'm starting at 6.75 gallons of water, waiting for it to boil. This strikes me as an excellent opportunity to post the recipe I've whipped up!
The theme for this beer is fairly simple. It's a American/English hybrid oak aged IIPA. I'll do doing a 90 minute boil with continuous hopping using;
Fermentables are as follows;
preboiled with 1lb British Amber Malt
6 lbs Amber DME
3.3 lbs Amber LME
1lb Turbinado sugar (10 minutes remaining)
1/2 tsp yeast nutrient, dissolved in warm water (10 mins)
1 tsp irish moss, rehydrated (10 mins)
1/2 oz Amarillo (end of boil)
Whirlpool for 2 minutes and add Amarillo hops, cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
Cool with wort chiller, transfer to carboy and top up to 5 gallons if necessary.
pitch 2 11.5g satchets of Fermentis S-04 English Ale yeast, rehydrated.
Oxygenate and ferment. Once primary fermentation is complete transfer to secondary and dry hop with;
1oz Perle (german, I know. I may change this.)
1/2oz UK First Gold
Add 6oz Medium toast oak cubes and keep in secondary for 2 weeks.