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Pink October - RED IPA Recipe

Pink October

RED IPA – 5.5 Gal - OG 1.053 – FG 1.011– ABV 5.5% - IBU 50 – SRM 13

Pink October is a Red IPA made with a couple of very unique ingredients. First the grain, Red X is a special malt made by Bestmalz in Germany. This is both a base malt and a specialty malt. The super cool thing about this grain is that it can make up 100% of the grist, and if it does it delivers a beautiful red colour. It can be really tough to nail a red colour in beer, it’s so easy to have a beer go amber, or brown in colour – Red X practically guarantees a red beer. We love using it.

Next, the hops. Pink Boots is an annually made hop blend by the Pink Boots Society, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to women in the brewing profession. 2019s blend is a delicious combination of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine. Ideal for a semi malt forward West Coast IPA.  We’ve been using these hops all year in our personal brews and thought it was high time we got it in a Beer of the Month.

The finished beer has a strong malt forward profile from the Red X, balanced out with the strong tropical fruit and pine flavours from the hops. The Hornindal Kveik yeasts enhances the fruit profile to boot. All in all, this is a great all-around IPA for everyone.

Why is October the perfect month for this beer? Well it happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We will be donating all the net proceeds from the sale of this month’s beer to Canadian Cancer Society.

Full Description and Instructions Here!



  • RED X - 11LBs


  • Columbus (15% A.A.) x 0.5oz @ 30
  • Pink Boots (12.4% A.A.) - 2.0 oz @ FLAMEOUT - 10 minutes, do NOT cool
  • Pink Boots (12.4% A.A.) - 2.0oz @ 10 minutes at 165°F/74°C
  • Pink Boots (12.4% A.A.) - 4.0oz DRY HOP -> Final 2 days before bottling.  


  • Hornindal Kveik

Extras (Must be purchased separately)

  • Gypsum - add 3/4 tsp at mash in, enhances the hop bitterness and aroma. 
  • Irish Moss - add 1 tsp at final fifteen minutes for improved clarity
  • DME/Dextrose - 150g at bottling for priming

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