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Jake's Cascadian Dark Ale BIAB All Grain Kit


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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.

All kits yield 3 gallons and include blended grain malts, hops, yeast, and complete instructions. All-grain kits use malted grain as the base for the finished beer; in addition to familiarity with basic brewing techniques and the equipment for fermenting, siphoning, and bottling, you will also need equipment for brew-in-a-bag all-grain brewing.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary Cold Ice Packs with all liquid yeasts. However, it is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip, given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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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.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield3 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Jake's Cascadian Dark Ale BIAB All Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1060
Total Time to Make4 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
15 Reviews
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WOW ! ! !
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, 2015
Even better with age
An 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, 2014
Great Intro to All Grain
This was my first all-grain batch after 5 years of extract brewing, and it turned out better than expected. The head retention and lacing are amazing compared to my extract brews. The beer has a floral hop aroma, and a good amount of bitterness to pair with the dark malt. I deducted a star as the wort came in about 1.050 for o.g. instead of the advertised 1.060. I did get the grains pre-crushed, so maybe a double crush or finer crush will help in that regard.
November 8, 2012
Man 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, 2013
Outstanding 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, 2014
Roasty Hoppy Paradise
I'm primarily an extract guy but this is my third BIAB and the first time I've felt compelled to write a review. This beer is perfectly balanced, has a beautiful hop/roasty aroma, and is incredibly smooth. The third week in the bottle is when this beer really develops. Hats off to you Jake, I will add this to the regular rotation.
January 23, 2013
Best BIAB to date!
I've brewed the Oatmeal Cookie and now the Jakes from the Nothern BIAB collection and the Jakes CDA is perfection in a box. The 3 gal keg was kicked in less than a month- I loved it!!! I asked a few of my brewing buddies to sample and each were impressed with this beer. One went as far as saying "brew-pub" quality! This beer will be brewed again very- very soon!!!
March 13, 2013
Excellent Result
My first 'All Grain' batch and it's almost certainly the best beer I've made to date. Loved the Brew in the Bag method. The hop aroma is tremendous. I would like to try letting the Mash go for another 15 minutes (90 instead of 75) to get a little better efficiency, but otherwise I couldn't be happier with it. It won't last long.
November 17, 2012
Seconded on first all grain and best beer so far. Assertive roastiness and pungent hop aroma, but it's not at all unbalanced. Good, slightly dry mouthfeel despite the final gravity coming out a bit higher than I was expecting. There will be a lot of batches of this in my future.
November 29, 2012
Awesome CDA
This 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
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This kit is way overpriced compared to the other 3-gal. BIABs. What gives?
Paula W on Oct 29, 2015
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.
What is the target for the FG? How much of the priming sugar should be used for bottling a 3 gallon brew?
M I on Dec 29, 2015

(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!


It 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?
A shopper on Oct 10, 2017
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.
M I on Nov 19, 2015
BEST 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.

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