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Your inner cynic says: "Wait, wait ... isn't this just an Imperial Stout?" Well, let's answer your inner cynic's question with another question: "Isn't a Dunkelweizen just a darker, maltier Hefeweizen?" The answer is both yes and no. There you go, inner cynic.
Incubated in West Coast craft breweries and brewpubs (the same folks who brought you American Pale Ale, American Amber Ale, and Imperial IPA – they weren't always established styles, either!), these hefty concoctions throw all pretense at subtlety right out the window. An ebony pint with a beige head is surrounded by an aromatic citrus-and-pine force field, backed by a smooth roastiness redolent of cocoa and French roast coffee. Full-bodied, hop-bitter, and boozy, this beer is compelling enough to both fuel and quash the argument of its stylistic integrity, and it goes great with a blue-cheese stuffed sirloin burger or steak.
Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click here for Black IPA All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1075 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.8 / 5.064 ReviewsFantastic Example of StyleThis recipe is really, really good. I used White Labs WLP060 American Ale Blend and it provided tons of depth to this already complex flavored brew. The combination of ale and lager yeast gave a richness that I haven't experienced yet in my homebrew. I threw 1oz of oak cubes on for only a week while I dry hopped and there is a very slight oak presence. When I brew this again I will use oak cubes for about a month. I highly recommend this kit.March 22, 2011AWESOME!this turned out to be one of the best beers I have ever made. Nice and hoppy, roasty. Very nice. Do this recipe if you like or want to try a black IPA (CDA) recipe. You will NOT be disapointed.September 8, 2011Very bright hop flavorThis was exactly what I was hoping for. I get a very bright pine flavor from the chinook in mine with a little bit of roasted malt mixed in. The chinook definitely took center stage though. I ordered an extra oz of chinook, and may make a small hop tea if the flavor starts to fade. Right now it's perfect though!December 3, 2013Very Smooth and RichThis was my first attempt at an all-grain and what a good one it was. This IPA is awesome. It is very rich and smooth with a nice hoppy kick to it at the end. So good im brewing another.CheersMarch 13, 2013Everybody loves it!Took one of the suggestions from an earlier review and doubled the hops! Turned out great!May 5, 2013you got to try thisvery well balanced, big body, nicely hopped used two packs of so5 highly recommend this kit!!!March 7, 2012Dark and DeliciousDark with some robust coffee notes. Finishes with a somewhat sharp hop note. Drink 2 of these and slur your way to victory.February 23, 2016Excellent Black IPABrewed the extract version of this as my very first non Mr. Beer kit and loved it. The AG version is even better. This is just about a perfect Black IPA, which is one of my favorite styles. If you like Black IPA, pick this kit up, you won't be disappointed.December 1, 2015Easily one of the Best!I brewed this recipe earlier this year and loved it. It strikes a surprising balance between the hop bitterness and the roasted notes of the Carafa III and the Chocolate Malt. When I brewed it, I had never tried a commercial Black IPA. Now, having tried several, I actually like this one better!I can't wait to brew it again. I'll probably increase the dry hops, but otherwise, it is good as is.December 17, 2013Excellent IPA NoirThis is surprisingly smooth considering the hop schedule. Maybe more like an Imperial Stout than a Black IPA, but who cares. Its just damn good. I added an oz of Simcoe to the dry hops. Might try Columbus or Chinook in the dry hops next time.June 14, 2016
Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 5 answersFirst time all grain brew for me. So far so good. Just a question on the dry hop portion of the recipe. What is the safest method of adding those hops a week into the second fermenter? I don't want to just pour them in and have more sediment in the bottle. Do I put them in a meshbag, and how shall I sanitize the bag?BEST ANSWER: You can put the hops right in the fermenter, and they should sink to the bottom over time. You can also put them in a hop bag http://www.northernbrewer.com/nylon-hop-bag-8-x-9-1-4 or a muslin bag http://www.northernbrewer.com/muslin-mesh-bag. To sanitize the bag, simply place it in a Star San solution for a minute or so and you'll be good to go!I was looking at this buy three kits sale, but I couldn't find the bitterness units for any of them. I thought it would be nice to see what they were for your kits. I don't care much for 80-90's so I'm reluctant to buy kits and don't have enough experience to tell how bitter a beer might be by looking at the hops schedule. I pretty much copy recipes that I have tasted before I make them. Just wondering why you don't post the likely alcohol % and bitterness in the information column.BEST ANSWER: Hi Dennis,
If you'd like to know the IBU's, I'd suggest a good IBU calculator (Google always turns up a few). One reason why don't list the IBU's for the kits is that the alpha acids in hops can vary from crop to crop, which can have an influence on the IBU's. If you have specific kits in mind, let me know and I can get some ballpark figures for you.
As for the ABV, this is easier to estimate, but the exact figure will depend upon fermentation conditions, which we cannot really predict in every case. However, a good rule of thumb is that the ABV of a beer is basically the same as the OG. So a beer with an OG of 1.065 will be in the neighborhood of 6.5% ABV. It's not exact, and it will vary slightly with style, but it is a good rough and read way to get a realistic expectation.
I hope that helps! Let me know if there's anything else I can help with.
CharlesI just want to verify that this recipe uses Carafa and not Carafa Special. Wouldn't Carafa Special be the correct Carafa to use in a Black IPA to not get that astringent taste from Carafa? Just wanted to check with this before I bought the kit so I know what I'm getting and what to expect in the final product.BEST ANSWER: This recipe includes Dehusked Carafa III, which is the same as Carafa Special III