Recipe

Root Down Brewing Co.’s Bine clone

(5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)
OG = 1.062 FG = 1.012
IBU = 60 SRM = 5 ABV = 6.5%

Ingredients
5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg) 2-row pale malt
4.5 lbs. (2.04 kg) Pilsner malt
2 lbs. (0.91 kg) Vienna malt
0.5 lb. (0.23 kg) corn sugar (20 min.)
12.75 AAU Warrior® hops (75 min.) (0.75 oz./21 g at 17% alpha acids)
5.0 AAU Centennial hops (7 min.) (0.5 oz./14 g at 10% alpha acids)
2.75 AAU Mosaic® hops (7 min.) (0.25 oz./7 g at 11% alpha acids)
3.25 AAU Citra® hops (7 min.) (0.25 oz./7 g at 13% alpha acids)
5.0 AAU Centennial hops (0 min.) (0.5 oz./14 g at 10% alpha acids)
8.25 AAU Mosaic® hops (0 min.) (0.75 oz./21 g at 11% alpha acids)
9.75 AAU Citra® hops (0 min.) (0.75 oz./21 g at 13% alpha acids)
7.2 AAU Amarillo® hops (hopstand) (0.8 oz./22 g at 9% alpha acids)
13.75 AAU Mosaic® hops (hopstand) (1.25 oz./35 g at 11% alpha acids)
18.2 AAU Citra® hops (hopstand) (1.4 oz./ 40 g at 13% alpha acids)
SafAle US-05 or Wyeast 1056 (American Ale) or White Labs WLP001 (California Ale) yeast
¾ cup corn sugar (if priming)

Step by Step
Mill the grains, then mix with 3.75 gallons (14.2 L) of 169 °F (76 °C) strike water to achieve a single infusion rest temperature of 154 °F (68 °C). Hold at this temperature for 40 minutes. Mashout to 170 °F (77 °C) if desired.

Vorlauf until your runnings are clear before directing them to your boil kettle. Batch or fly sparge the mash with enough water to obtain 6.5 gallons (25 L) of wort. Boil for 90 minutes, adding hops at the times left in the boil indicated above. At 20 minutes left in boil, add the dextrose first and then at 10 minutes left, you should add a kettle fining agent such as Irish moss or Whirlfloc.

After the boil, add the flameout hops indicated and whirlpool for 20 minutes. Chill to 180 °F (82 °C), then add the hopstand hops and whirlpool another 20 minutes before rapidly chilling the wort to 64 °F (18 °C). Pitch yeast. Maintain fermentation temperature of 68 °F (20 °C) for this beer.

Once primary fermentation is complete, and the beer has settled, bottle or keg the beer and carbonate to approximately 2.5 volumes. A fermenter fining agent would be recommended to get the beer bright if the yeast is taking its time falling. Biofine, PVPP, or gelatin would be recommended here.

Root Down Brewing Co.’s Bine clone

(5 gallons/19 L, extract only)
OG = 1.063 FG = 1.012
IBU = 60 SRM = 6 ABV = 6.6%

Ingredients
3 lbs. (1.36 kg) extra light dried malt extract
2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg) Pilsen dried malt extract
1 lb. (0.45 kg) Vienna dried malt extract
0.5 lb (0.23 kg) corn sugar (20 min.)
8.5 AAU Warrior® hops (75 min.) (0.75 oz./21 g at 17% alpha acids)
5.0 AAU Centennial hops (7 min.) (0.5 oz./14 g at 10% alpha acids)
2.75 AAU Mosaic® hops (7 min.) (0.25 oz./7 g at 11% alpha acids)
3.25 AAU Citra® hops (7 min.) (0.25 oz./7 g at 13% alpha acids)
5.0 AAU Centennial hops (0 min.) (0.5 oz./14 g at 10% alpha acids)
8.25 AAU Mosaic® hops (0 min.) (0.75 oz./21 g at 11% alpha acids)
9.75 AAU Citra® hops (0 min.) (0.75 oz./21 g at 13% alpha acids)
7.2 AAU Amarillo® hops (hopstand) (0.8 oz./22 g at 9% alpha acids)
13.75 AAU Mosaic® hops (hopstand) (1.25 oz./35 g at 11% alpha acids)
18.2 AAU Citra® hops (hopstand) (1.4 oz./ 40 g at 13% alpha acids)
SafAle US-05 or Wyeast 1056 (American Ale) or White Labs WLP001 (California Ale)
¾ cup corn sugar (if priming)

Step by Step
Bring 6.25 gallons (24 L) of water to roughly 150 °F (66 °C). Add all the extracts, with stirring, before heating to a boil. Boil for 75 minutes, adding hops at the indicated times left in the boil. At 20 minutes left in boil, add the dextrose first and then at 10 minutes left, you should add a kettle fining agent such as Irish moss or Whirlfloc.

After the boil, add the flameout hops indicated and whirlpool for 20 minutes. Chill to 180 °F (82 °C), then add the hopstand hops and whirlpool another 20 minutes before rapidly chilling the wort to 64 °F (18 °C). Pitch yeast. Maintain fermentation temperature of 68 °F (20 °C) for this beer.
Follow the all-grain instructions for the packaging steps.

Tips for Success:
For a West Coast American IPA you should be shooting for water that contains more sulfates than chlorides in roughly a 1.5:1 ratio. I’ve found that increasing this ratio past 2:1 can result in harsher hop bitterness that contains a flinty edge. Root Down uses a quality municipal water source that’s fairly neutral; all that’s required for them is a slow filtration through a carbon filter to remove chloramines and then the addition of gypsum to their brewing liquor at a rate of 1 kg per 15-BBL batch (~2.2 grams/5 gallons). As this is a hop-forward beer, try to use the freshest hops possible. Significant degradation will hold this beer back from being the bright hop palate that it should be.

Bine should be near brilliant clarity and a burnished golden color with moderate high carbonation. The hop aroma and flavor are intense and feature passion fruit, papaya, grapefruit, lemon rind, pine, and resin. The strong hop bitterness is firm but not abrasive while the dry finish keeps you coming back for more.