New England Brewing Co  |  Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA

New England Brewing Co | Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA

New England Brewing Company is a small craft brewery located in Woodbridge CT right on the border of New Haven and is proud to be brewing carefully crafted beers for local consumption. NEBCO is one of the pioneers of putting quality craft beer in cans and has an ever growing line up of beers that offer both traditional ales & lagers as well as more unique takes on existing styles. The brewing team brings passion for flavor & quality into the brewery in order to produce craft beers that they hope will be among the first choice of craft beer enthusiasts and new comers alike. 

At NEBCO, they started brewing beer with one guiding force; passion (Okay, two forces. They also wanted to see if they could actually make beer that they wanted to drink). That initial, passionate drive is still deeply rooted in each one of them today. And it will stick around as they continue to brew their beer, hopefully growing into one of the best and most respected craft breweries in New England. They strive for the highest quality beer experience by following some basic, simple, core values.  Quality, Integrity, Staff, Community and Industry.  

Go to their website @ New England Brewing Co. and follow them on social media with tag @newenglandbrewing.  The website offers everything from the beers available to photos of the entire NEBCO Team.  More importantly, you get to scroll thru their amazing artwork.  Not only is their beer outstanding but the branding is in a whole other tier!  The artwork is like a good movie... Make you laugh one minute and then scare the sh*t out of you another minute.  Working with their brand was a pleasure and forever grateful they trusted me with it.

Now scroll down so you can learn how to brew their beer!  Drink it! Its good!

New England Brewing Co. currently has two beers, Fuzzy Baby Ducks & Locust Reign, listed under Top Rated Beers by Beer Advocate.  Members were lucky to receive two beer recipes from NEBCO, Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA & G-Bot Double IPA.  Since Fuzzy Baby Ducks is one of the highest rated beers on Beer Advocate figured the readers would appreciate that recipe! 

In the day and age of the Haze Craze, its nice to have an American clean, dry, hop assertive IPA.  It is a single hop, Citra, IPA giving it a big, mango, papaya, and citrus taste.  Before you learn how to brew this baby beast lets drop some knowledge on the American IPA.  Below is the BJCP overall impression of an American IPA...   

BJCP American IPA Overall Impression: A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American pale ale, showcasing modern American or New World hop varieties. The balance is hop forward, with a clean fermentation profile, dryish finish, and clean, supporting malt allowing a creative range of hop character to shine through.

That sounds like Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA to me!  Use your knowledge wisely and get to brewing!  Cheers!

New England Brewing Co., Fuzzy Baby Ducks American IPA (5 Gallons)

-Malt Bill and Mashing:
  • 60 min Mash (@152 Degrees)
  • 9 lbs 11 oz Pilsner Malt (2 Row)
  • 10.6 oz Carafoam
  • 5.3 oz Caramunich (56 SRM)
  • 5.3 oz Munich Malt 10L (10 SRM)
  • Sparge (@168 Degrees)
- Boil and Hops Schedule
  • Boil 60 Minutes (75 Min for Pilsner Malt)
  • 0.5 oz Citra (12% AA), 60 Min
  • 1 oz Citra (12% AA), 20 Min
  • 1 oz Citra (12% AA), 10 Min
  • 2.5 oz Citra (12% AA), 0 Min
  • 3 oz Citra (12% AA), Dry Hop Secondary

    - Yeast and Fermentation
    • California Ale Yeast (White Labs #WLP001)
    • Primary Ferment @ 68F for 7 days
    • Secondary Ferment @ 70F for 7 days
    • Keg/Bottle Age Till 2.5 Volume of CO2
    Analytical Targets
    OG 1.059
    FG 1.013
    ABV – 6.1%
    IBU - 62
    SRM- 4.9
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