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Black IPA All-Grain Kit


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Our Black IPA beer kit yields an ebony pint with a beige head, surrounded by an aromatic citrus-and-pine force field, backed by a smooth roastiness redolent of cocoa and French roast coffee.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Black IPA All-Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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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.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick here for Black IPA All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1075
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
65 Reviews
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I've long since moved past brewing kits and usually make my own recipes, but I still get this kit sometimes because it's pretty much perfect. I haven't found a Black IPA (commercial or homebrewed) anywhere that I like better than this one.

Note: I tend to move all the hops to flameout/hopstand and add 2 oz each of Cascade and Centennial to the dry hop. This brings bitterness down and amplifies the magnificent aroma.
March 16, 2018
2 months ago
Amazing beer
Easy to brew top 5 favorite
June 20, 2016
Excellent IPA Noir
This 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
Good Beer
To much of a roasted taste for a Black IPA.
March 9, 2016
Smooth, but not what I expected.
I brewed this beer over a month ago and bottled. My OG was a tad bit under but nothing that alarmed me. After two weeks in the bottle I cracked open a few and was a little disappointed. Though the roasted flavor was balanced well, I was expecting a much stronger hop presence seeing as 6 oz of hops went into this thing. Oh well, it's nice, but I don't think I'll be brewing this again.
March 5, 2016
Good beer good price
NN had a deal for three all grain kits at $20 each. I've made two so far and they are great! Can hardly wait to make the Black IPA this weekend!
February 24, 2016
Dark and Delicious
Dark with some robust coffee notes. Finishes with a somewhat sharp hop note. Drink 2 of these and slur your way to victory.
February 23, 2016
Black IPA
Great tasting beer
February 19, 2016
Always on tap!
This is one of my house beers! Always on tap! One of my favorite kits that Northern Brewer sells.
February 19, 2016
Black IPA - Great kit!!!!
The batch is in secondary right now. Really looking forward to drinking in about 3 weeks.
February 18, 2016
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First 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?
Ryan P on Mar 28, 2016
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.
Dennis K on Jan 14, 2016

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.


Is the yeast started needed with dry yeast ?
A shopper on Jun 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You do not usually need a starter with dry yeast as there are more grams of yeast in a dry packet vs. a liquid yeast (as long as your gravity is about 1.065 or less). However, you should rehydrate it before pitching with some of the water you prepare for the brew day. Look up rehydrating dry yeast and you'll find what you need. Rehydrating it ensures that more yeast cells are viable at pitch. There's a bunch of science behind it but you just need to know that rehydrating them is worth it! :) Cheers-Paul
I 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.
Brett G on Apr 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This recipe includes Dehusked Carafa III, which is the same as Carafa Special III

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