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Black Forest Cake Stout clone

307.1 calories 36.68 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Imperial Stout
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 6 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.073 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 70% (brew house)
Source: Imprint Beer Co
Calories: (Per 12oz)
Carbs: (Per 12oz)
Created Thursday September 5th 2019
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
15.50 lb American - Pale 2-Row15.5 lb Pale 2-Row 37 1.8 71.3%
1.50 lb American - Munich - 60L1.5 lb Munich - 60L 33 60 6.9%
1 lb German - CaraFoam1 lb CaraFoam 37 1.8 4.6%
1 lb American - Chocolate1 lb Chocolate 29 350 4.6%
1 lb United Kingdom - Crystal 60L1 lb Crystal 60L 34 60 4.6%
1 lb American - Roasted Barley1 lb Roasted Barley 33 300 4.6%
12 oz German - Carafa III12 oz Carafa III 32 535 3.4%
21.75 lb / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1 oz Magnum1 oz Magnum Hops Pellet 16 Boil 90 min 37.5 100%
1 oz / 0.00
White Labs - English Ale Yeast WLP002
2 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Very High
Optimum Temp:
65 - 68 °F
Fermentation Temp:
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P) 144 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
CO2 Level: 2.75 Volumes
Target Water Profile
American Barleywine
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

Imprint Beer Co.’s Black Forest Cake Stout clone

(5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)
OG = 1.100 FG = 1.028
IBU = 65 SRM = 69 ABV = 9.6%

15.5 lbs. (7 kg) American 2-row pale malt
1.5 lbs. (0.68 kg) Munich malt
1 lb. (0.45 kg) Carafoam® malt
1 lb. (0.45 kg) British chocolate malt (350 °L)
1 lb. (0.45 kg) British crystal malt (65 °L)
1 lb. (0.45 kg) roasted barley
12 oz. (0.34 kg) Carafa® Special III
3 lb. (1.4 kg) Vintner’s Harvest sweet cherry puree
16 AAU Magnum hops (90 min.) (1 oz./28 g at 16% alpha acids)
1.5 lbs. (0.68 kg) Cholaca liquid cacao (original flavor) or 12 oz. (0.34 kg) toasted Ecuadorian cacao nibs
5 Madagascar vanilla beans
Wyeast 1968 (London ESB) or White Labs WLP002 (English Ale) or Lallemand London ESB English-Style Ale yeast
2⁄3 cup corn sugar (if priming)

Step by step
Several days before brewday, scrape open and cut the 5 vanilla beans into 1-inch (2.5-cm) segments and soak in vodka or Bourbon until ready to add to the secondary.

Mill the grains and mix with 6.8 gallons (25.7 L) of 167 °F (75 °C) strike water to reach a mash temperature of 155 °F (68 °C). Hold this temperature for 60 minutes. If you have soft water, you may want to hold off on adding the roasted grains and British crystal malts until the final 15 minutes of the mash. Vorlauf until your runnings are clear. Sparge the grains with enough water to obtain 7 gallons (26.5 L) of wort. At this point, you may want to test the wort’s gravity. The goal should be to have 7 gallons (26.5 L) of 1.072 SG wort at the start of the boil. You can add dried malt extract (DME) at this point if the SG is low or you may want to wait until the beer is in the fermenter. If you wait to add the DME, be sure to add it after fermentation begins to calm down.

Boil the wort for 90 minutes or more, adding hops according to the ingredient list. After the boil, turn off heat and chill the wort to slightly below fermentation temperature, about 65 °F (18 °C). Aerate the wort with pure oxygen or filtered air and pitch yeast. There should be 5 gallons (19 L) of cooled wort in the fermenter. Be sure to have room in your fermenter for the cherry puree.

Ferment at 66 °F (19 °C) for 10 days (adding the fruit puree on day 6), then raise the temperature to 70 °F (21 °C) for 3–4 days. Carefully rack into a secondary vessel containing Cholaca/cacao nibs and vanilla extract, and age to desired taste. Crash the beer to 35 °F (2 °C) for 48 hours. Bottle or keg the beer and carbonate to approximately 2.25 volumes.

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