The Transfiguration IPA

I am excited about this one. Several years ago, a guy on HBT (who is also somewhat religious) got it into his head to create an IPA series known as The 12 Hopostles. There are 12 beers and each one is a single hop IPA. The hop is based on one of the 12 apostles with the characteristics of the hops being somewhat in line with the characteristics of the apostles.  When I read this I thought, “brilliant!”

Then I thought, what if I made a beer based on the Transfiguration of Jesus, using the 3 hops representing the 3 disciples who went with Jesus up the mountain? The one of the two guys who ended up making the 12 hopostles was kind enough to help me formulate the hop schedule.

I had to change my recipe the day of brewing because I used all of my brown rice syrup and forgot to tell myself that important fact. So I substituted the brown rice syrup with honey. This should be okay, maybe even an improvement. From past experiences, I have found honey goes well with Columbus hops.

The Transfiguration IPA

5 Gallon Batch

8oz of wet toasted oats steeped for approximately 30 minutes prior to boil


  1. 3lbs sorghum syrup—start of boil
  2. 1lb of honey–middle of boil (probably should have been flameout)
  3. 2lb D-45 Candi Syrup—flameout (per manufacturer’s suggestion)
  4. 8oz maltodextrine—start of boil


  1. 60 min 1/2  oz Vanguard
  2. 60 min ½ oz Zeus
  3. 30 min ½ oz Zeus
  4. 25 min ½ oz Vanguard
  5. 20 min ½ oz Cascade
  6. 5 min ½ oz Cascade
  7. 1 min ½ oz Vanguard

After 7 days, I will rack this to my bottling bucket and at that time I will dry hop for another 7 days with:

  • .5 oz Vanguard
  • .5 oz Zeus
  • .5 oz Cascade

It seems only appropriate to end with the story of the Transfiguration from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 9.28-36:

“Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.  And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.”

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