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Black IPA Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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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 Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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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 Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1075
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
166 Reviews
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I love it . The recipe is so simple to make. And the beer came out awy
April 8, 2018
2 months ago
Great tasting beer. Finished at 1.018 and an ABV of 7% using a 50/50 mix of US-05 and Wyeast 1272. Will definitely make again, maybe adding a little vanilla to it
April 1, 2018
2 months ago
Awesome black IPA - add more dry hops
This is the second time I've brewed this kit and am likely to purchase again. Great for brewing inside during cold Midwest winters when I don't want to be outside. This is also a great way to make a batch of great beer faster than my typical all grain brew days. Couple of important points- 1) expect an FG of 1.020, 2) increase dry hops to 5 oz (I used Chinook, cascade, and centennial), & 3) do your ibu calculations, the bittering hops supplied had very low alpha acid content for the type, luckily I had extra Magnum on hand. Overall, the kit is a great base to work from- much better than many commercial examples.
March 4, 2018
5 months ago
Black Ipa
My favorite beer from northern brewer so far 2 weeks Primary 2 weeks secondary and two weeks in bottle and it was ready to drink. I will be making this recipe a few times a year!
January 25, 2018
6 months ago
Really delicious. Long finish with a creamy texture. Outstanding on nitro.
December 7, 2017
6 months ago
In a blind taste test of Black IPA, Ace of Spades, and Pirate's Plunder - with the participants given the descriptions of the tastes but ignorant of which brew was which....the order of preference was Black, Ace, and Plunder. Most really couldn't positively identify which description went with which brew but successfully guessed Black because of a tan head. {2 participants, so the 'N' factor is not overwhelming). This is my third batch of black and it won't be the last.
August 7, 2017
9 months ago
My Go-To
Brewed this one probably 6 times now.
September 19, 2016
Very good Beer
Wow! This is a really great beer! This is the first black IPA i've brewed and I'me ready to keep one on tap at all times. I did the extract kit, but I want to do another one all-grain. I ended up with an OG of 1.070 and finished with a FG of 1.016 using the 1272. I would highly recommend this to any level of brewer.
September 2, 2016
So far so good
I only brewed two weeks ago so I haven't gotten to try the beer yet. However the kit was well organized and it smells fantastic!!! cant wait to try it.
April 22, 2016
Awesome brew
This is in my keezer rotation. Always keep it on hand because, its just good !! Current kegs sitting about 7.61 %
April 7, 2016
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I tried this in a one gallon batch and loved it, however there wasn't any secondary time or dry hopping with the smaller batch. Could I just do 2 or 3 weeks primary and bottle with the 5 gallon recipe, or will there be a drastic difference?
Joshua T on Mar 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 5 gallon batch comes with dry hops. Why would you skip it? I think it would be a mistake. Dry hops are what makes a good IPA. Get the kit, follow the instructions, dry hop it at the appropriate time.
What are people getting for the final gravity on this kit?
W I on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This kit ought to get down around 1.013-1.015, if the US-05 yeast were used. This would give an ABV close to 7.8 % . -Mike W, Northern Brewer
My plan is to brew a black vanilla IPA for my girlfriends birthday . I like this kit...except for the French roast coffee flavors. any thoughts as to what we could alter in this kit... Or another kit... To lessen the coffee notes?
H E on Feb 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Our only other black IPA is roastier. I would try adding some CaCl to the steeping grains to accentuate the malt flavors and smooth out the roast. You could also add like 4 ounces of lactose to increase sweetness which will balance out roast. Extra time in the bottle before enjoying can also mellow it out. I hope this helps!
I dry hopped on Sunday with the intension to bottle Friday afternoon but had to go out of town for work for 1 1/2 weeks at the last minute. It is currently in secondary fermentation. I will be back Thursday and won't be able to bottle until the weekend which would be 2 weeks since I dry hopped. Should I dry hop again when I get back and then bottle after another 5 days? Any recommendations would be helpful. Thanks.
J J on Jan 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I dry hopped this one 7 days before bottling and it turned out perfect. In fact the hop flavors and aromas are the strong side... it was my most "hoppy" IPA I've brewed. However, it still has to be in my top 2 brews - the aroma and taste balance came out perfect. Of course I love strong IPAs, but I would suggest just letting the brew go for the 2 weeks then bottling - it's not that much longer than the recommended 1 week. The effects of the hops would still come through in the final product. You're also more likely to risk contamination and/or off flavors if you dry-hop again (the more you open the carboy and add ingredients, the more likely you are to contaminate it).

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