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- CDA or Black IPA? Doesn’t matter to Mr. Keeler. This recipe was an attempt to capture all the things Jake likes about the contested style: roasty overtones brace a malty backbone, a quiet bitterness from Palisades to keep it legit, and a resinous yet citrus-tinged hop aroma to bring it out of the dark. The effort was a success, and now the recipe that marked Jake’s 3 gallon BIAB epiphany can now be a game-changer for you too.
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Beer Kit Yield 3 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Jake's Cascadian Dark Ale BIAB All Grain Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1060 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
- 4.8 / 5.016 ReviewsGreat Beer!Great beer! Do listen to others when they say start with less water. I came out with 3 quarts of extra wort even after a 75 minute boil. Other than that it's a great beer and in the three gallon kit it's just the right amount!January 9, 2018Purchased
5 months agoStart with less water than the instructions recommendLike another reviewer here, I ended up low on gravity points at 1.050 vs. the 1.060 the kit indicates and with about .6 gallons more wort, in spite of a 15 minute longer boil to reduce the final volume and doing the optional mash out. If you don't know your boil off rate (mine was about 1 gallon/hour) I'd recommend starting at ~4.7 gallons of water to end up with 3 gallons going into the fermenter, not the 5.5 gallons NB recommends. Still hoping this turns out OK in the end, if a bit thinner than planned.June 16, 2017Purchased
10 months agoMy Best Brew YetSo just some background - I've brewed about 7 extract kits, and this is now my 3rd BIAB kit from NB. I've since moved to full all grain because I like the whole process and have the equipment now.
Anyways back to the beer. This ended up coming in a little lighter as I had about a half gallon extra wort, so I know it could better. That being said, this is still the best beer I've made. It has this crazy thick head, almost porter or stout-like. The flavor is quite the mix, it has this solid malt backbone, that dark bitterness with some IPA hoppiness.
I wouldn't call this a black IPA, because I think it has a stronger malt character than that, but it is truly complex and everyone who has had it has been blown away. Nice work NB!This beer had sat for a bit while I was brewing, I did have a nice thick head initially.January 25, 2017Will brew againThis was my first BIAB, and even though I ended up with 4 gallons instead of 3 it turned out great. Will brew again at full strength.March 3, 2016High expectationsAfter reading reviews about this recipe I had very high expectations that this would be an epic brew. I wasn't disappointed, it really is that good...December 5, 2015WOW ! ! !I brewed this kit. After 8 days in bottle conditioning I tried one. WOW ! ! ! For the record, I am very new to brewing and even newer to BIAB and all-grain brewing. I didn't hop this recipe as per the directions. I only did a single hop addition at 60 minutes. This beer is WONDERFUL ! ! ! ! This kit will be converted to a 5 gallon batch and brewed on a regular basis. This stuff isn't "dark". Mine came out BLACK as night. So if you like your beers dark with abundant flavors, brew this one now ! ! !November 22, 2015Even better with ageAn update of my 11/26/12 review. I always save a few to see how they age. As good as it was a year ago, it is outstanding now. Great job NB! Hope you come up with some more kits...the 1 gallon guys/gals get so many choices...how about us 3 gallon guys/gals?January 17, 2014Outstanding Beer!I had a few of these over the last few days after two weeks of bottle conditioning and it is SUPERB. I can't wait to see how it tastes after some more time in bottle. Side note: I am not a big fan of uber-hoppy beers, so I called NB and asked if they would suggest adjusting the ingredients. The very helpful brewmaster suggested I reduce the next-to-last hop addition from one ounce to one-half ounce (for a total of five ounces vs. five and one-half ounces of hops). The result is the best beer I have made yet! I almost passed on buying this kit, but since there are only four 3-gallon kits offered, I figured I'd give it a try. Boy, am I glad I did!January 17, 2014Man oh man, this is good!Excellent beer, but let it sit in the bottle for at least a month before trying it. I admit that I added to the grain bill a bit with the Nocturnal grain blend. What I have is probably closer to a stout than a CDA, but it's truly the best of both worlds.October 26, 2013Awesome CDAThis is the best beer I have ever brewed. Definately consider it a CDA as I personally would consider an IPA dark or not, hoppier. I love BIAB brewing. However I am going to try 5gal batches because I love this beer so much it disapears to fast.April 18, 2013
- Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 9 answersThis kit is way overpriced compared to the other 3-gal. BIABs. What gives?BEST ANSWER: I don?t care, for $20.00 it was a great beer and will buy again when the pipeline gets low. It?s not as good as the Bourbon Barrel Porter I made last July with oak chips soaked in Walkers Bourbon and 5 oz?s of Bourbon added at bottling.
It is true, God wants us to be happy. I won?t share this brew with anyone.Og too high 1.190 and don’t know why ? 2 weeks in primary and a week in secondary and the fg is still 1.120 . Too sweet to drink ,will be dumping out and moving on to my next brewBEST ANSWER: Jake's CDA has a target OG of 1.060. 1.190 is way overshooting the gravity, into the barleywine++ category. So, (1) that degree of overshooting is next to impossible with the kit, unless you have added something. Check your hydrometer/refractometer. You would need a wine hydrometer to measure 1.190. Likely it is off, and remember you cannot use a refractometer to check FG without correcting for alcohol. (2) if the OG is indeed 1.190 you need staggered yeast additions of very high titer to ferment that out. Complete with BIG starters, yeast nutrient, and aeration of wort.What is the target for the FG? How much of the priming sugar should be used for bottling a 3 gallon brew?BEST ANSWER: Hello,
(sorry, I accidentally hit "send" before I was done!)
As for the target FG, the normal range for this style is 1.010 1.018.
As for priming sugar, I would refer you to our priming sugar calculator. 2.4 volumes is pretty much the level you want, but you can adjust it to taste as well. That would be about 35 cups.
Here's the calculator if you'd like to see how it is done:
Let me know if there's anything else I can do!
CharlesIt doesn't look like the kit comes with enough grain to hit a target OG of 1060. Has anyone hit the target volume and gravity?BEST ANSWER: I've rarely hit NB's kit OG numbers and always wondered why and changed several things in my operation trying to achieve listed OG.Should all of the priming sugar be added. When I brew 5 gallon batches of beer I usually use 5oz of priming sugar. I do not want to over carbonate.
TYBEST ANSWER: We have a priming sugar calculator that will help calculate the right amount of sugar to add. It would be less than 5 ounces - more like
ounces. I would refer to the priming sugar calculator though to see what the correct amount to add actually is. Cheers! James J.