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21B2a. Specialty IPA - Black

252 calories 24.5 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Specialty IPA: Black IPA
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 6 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.052 (recipe based estimate)
Post Boil Gravity: 1.065 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: WAWooldridge
Calories: 252 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 24.5 g (Per 12oz)
Created Wednesday August 30th 2017
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
14 lb American - Pale 2-Row14 lb Pale 2-Row 37 1.8 76.2%
7 oz Belgian - De-Bittered Black7 oz De-Bittered Black - (late boil kettle addition) 34 566 2.4%
7 oz American - Chocolate7 oz Chocolate - (late boil kettle addition) 29 350 2.4%
7 oz American - Roasted Barley7 oz Roasted Barley - (late boil kettle addition) 33 300 2.4%
3.06 lb Rice Hulls3.06 lb Rice Hulls 0 0 16.7%
293.96 oz / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1 oz El Dorado1 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Boil 60 min 53.38 50%
0.25 oz El Dorado0.25 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Boil 30 min 10.26 12.5%
0.25 oz El Dorado0.25 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Boil 20 min 8.08 12.5%
0.25 oz El Dorado0.25 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Boil 10 min 4.84 12.5%
0.25 oz El Dorado0.25 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Boil 5 min 2.66 12.5%
2 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Start Temp Target Temp Time
5.74 gal Single Infusion Infusion -- 152 °F 90 min
3.93 gal Batch Sparge Sparge -- 170 °F 5 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
1 tsp Irish Moss Fining Boil 15 min.
8.10 g Gypsum Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
5.91 ml Phosphoric acid Water Agt Sparge 1 hr.
1.07 g Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
0.62 g Magnesium Chloride Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
68 - 73 °F
Fermentation Temp:
70 °F
Pitch Rate:
1.25 (M cells / ml / ° P) 480 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
CO2 Level: 2.5 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Light colored and hoppy
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
75 5 10 50 150 0
Rice Hulls:
Add 1lb for every 5lbs malt to help with heat distribution.

De-Bittered Black Malt:
Add after mash-out, during vorlauf.

Chocolate Malt:
Add after mash-out, during vorlauf.

Roasted Barley:
Add after mash-out, during vorlauf.

Condition at least 4 weeks.

70◦F until kraeusen falls through (about 9 days). Transfer to secondary fermentor. Add dry hops and ferment for about another 7 days.
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

Overall Impression:
A beer with the dryness, hop-forward balance, and flavor characteristics of an American IPA, only darker in color – but without strongly roasted or burnt flavors. The flavor of darker malts is gentle and supportive, not a major flavor component. Drinkability is a key characteristic.

A moderate to high hop aroma, often with a stone fruit, tropical, citrusy, resinous, piney, berry, or melon character. If dry hopped, can have an additional floral, herbal, or grassy aroma, although this is not required. Very low to moderate dark malt aroma, which can optionally include light chocolate, coffee, or toast notes. Some clean or lightly caramelly malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness, either from esters or from hops, may also be detected in some versions, although a neutral fermentation character is also acceptable.

Color ranges from dark brown to black. Should be clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions may be a bit hazy; if opaque, should not be murky. Good head stand with light tan to tan color should persist.

Medium-low to high hop flavor with tropical, stone fruit, melon, citrusy, berry, piney or resinous aspects. Medium-high to very high hop bitterness, although dark malts may contribute to the perceived bitterness. The base malt flavor is generally clean and of low to medium intensity, and can optionally have low caramel or toffee flavors. Dark malt flavors are low to medium-low; restrained chocolate or coffee flavors may be present, but the roasted notes should not be intense, ashy, or burnt, and should not clash with the hops. Low to moderate fruitiness (from yeast or hops) is acceptable but not required. Dry to slightly off-dry finish. The finish may include a light roast character that contributes to perceived dryness, although this is not required. The bitterness may linger into the aftertaste but should not be harsh. Some clean alcohol flavor can be noted in stronger versions.

Smooth, medium-light to medium-bodied mouthfeel without significant hop- or (especially) roasted malt-derived astringency. Dry-hopped versions may be a bit resiny. Medium carbonation. A bit of creaminess may be present but is not required. Some smooth alcohol warming can and should be sensed in stronger (but not all) versions.

Most examples are standard strength. Strong examples can sometimes seem like big, hoppy porters if made too extreme, which hurts their drinkability. The hops and malt can combine to produce interesting interactions.

A variation of the American IPA style first commercially produced by Greg Noonan as Blackwatch IPA around 1990. Popularized in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California of the US starting in the early-mid 2000s. This style is sometimes known as Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA), mainly in the Pacific Northwest.

Characteristic Ingredients:
Debittered roast malts for color and some flavor without harshness and burnt qualities; American or New World hop varieties that don’t clash with roasted malts. Hop characteristics cited are typical of these type of hops; others characteristics are possible, particularly if derived from newer varietals.

Style Comparison:
Balance and overall impression of an American or Double IPA with restrained roast like the type found in Schwarzbiers. Not as roasty-burnt as American stouts and porters, and with less body and increased smoothness and drinkability.

Vital Statistics:
OG: 1.050 – 1.085
FG: 1.010 – 1.018
IBUs: 50 – 90
SRM: 25 – 40
ABV: 5.5 – 9.0%

Commercial Examples:
21st Amendment Back in Black (standard), Deschutes Hop in the Dark CDA (standard), Rogue Dad’s Little Helper (standard), Southern Tier Iniquity (double), Widmer Pitch Black IPA (standard)

high-strength, dark-color, top-fermented, north-America, craft-style, ipa-family, specialty-family, bitter, hoppy

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