Dark Embrace_Bitter End-American Black Ale
It's been exactly a month since my last brew day which is probably the longest I've gone between brew sessions in almost 2 years. If you've seen my blog lately it consists mostly of gangster rap, which is all good because that's where my roots are growing up in P-town in the 90's. Nothing screams gangsta like a bunch a white boys in suburbia with bumps in the trunk. But, I'd like to bring it back up to where this blog should be which is brewing beer.
Late last year, 2010, my homebrew club, Northeast Homebrew Club, decided to do a Single Hops IPA experiment. We'll be tasting the five IPA's on the 15th and I'm really pumped for that. Since I'm on an experimental IPA kick, I decided that I might as well do a Black IPA, or CDA, or whatever you wanna call it. I'm getting all crazy with the hops in this one with a goal of mixing Piney, and Citrus hops successfully with the flavor being more Citrus, and the Aroma being more Piney. Hopefully this hop bill will create this effect. I think that the aroma of piney and roasted malts will play together nicely, and then a backbone of burned Citrus(Centennial hops?) will really make for a nice Black IPA. I think I'll add the Carafa III in the last 20 minutes of the mash to reduce the roasted flavors typically derived from a full pound of this specialty grain.
Here's what I'm looking at!
% LB OZ Malt ppg °L
60% 9 0 American Two-row Pale (organic) 37 1
20% 3 0 Vienna Malt 36 3
7% 1 0 Carafa III (added last 20 minutes) 32 525
7% 1 0 Flaked Oats 33 2
3% 0 8 American Crystal 60L 34 60
3% 0 8 American Dextrin (Cara-Pils) 33 1
39° SRM / 76° EBC
hops oz variety aa
first wort 60+ mins 1.0 Columbus 15.4
first wort 60+ mins 1.0 Chinook 13.0
boil 60 mins 0.5 Magnum 14
boil 20 mins 1.0 Centennial 10.0
boil 15 mins 0.25 Columbus 15.4
boil 15 mins 0.25 Centennial 10.0
boil 10 mins 0.25 Centennial 10.0
boil 10 mins 0.25 Columbus 15.4
boil 1 min 0.5 Columbus 15.4
boil 1 min 0.5 Centennial 10.0
boil 1 min 1.0 Chinook 13.0
dry hop 0.5 Centennial 10.0
dry hop 1.0 Simcoe 13.0
dry hop 1.0 Chinook 13.0
Brew day shall be, whenever I get the time in the next week! Today, tomorrow, we shall see. I'll update with actual OG, and brew day notes.
1.15.11 - Brew day went pretty dang smooth. Crushed the grains. Mashed in at 153 held for 60 minutes. After 40 minutes I added in my 1 lb. of Carafa III. After 60 minutes temp of mash had come down to 149. Might turn out to be a lighter mouth-feel then I wanted, but should be fine. Sparged at 166 for 20 minutes. Boiled for 60 minutes and added a whole bunch of C hops! Cooled in 10 minutes. Gotta love that MN winter tap water at 45 degrees! Fermenting vigorously after 12 hours at 62 degrees! Came out extremely dark, and will probably be dark brown to black with a slight reddish, amber hue when held up to the light. Roasted aroma and flavor were very subdued and almost non existent. We shall see.
3.14.11 - Steve's tasting notes. Very Black-Opaque. Little foam. Subtle Aroma-Matly?, Heavy mouthfeel. Bitter and Tasty and Fruity. Lingering dry finish. He said he'd give it a 11.5 on a 1-10 scale. I guess he liked it, and commented that he liked it better then Odell's Double Black IPA. (I was actually inspired by this Odell beer because I thought it was way too sweet, and way too roasty and was trying to create something similar but less sweet, and less roasty.)