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Old 08-31-2008, 10:57 PM   #1
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So, I want to make my stout recipe an imperial stout. I am making this batch to be oaked with some bourbon soaked chips for a winter brew. I love the basic taste of the regular recipe, and don't want to change that too much.

My question is: Do I just add base malt (2-row) to increase the gravity, or should I increase all the grains equally? I worry a bit about increasing the roast and black malts too much, as I don't want a roasty bomb...but maybe the increased alcohol and body will balance that?

My current stout has an OG of 1.062 I want to get to 1.085

Any help/opinions/wisdom would be great!

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Old 09-01-2008, 02:14 AM   #2
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you could probably just add base grain for alcohol, but may want to slightly increase your other malts. let's take a look at your current recipe and go from there.

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ZYMURGY has an article on this exact subject (New Issue). Let me read it and post back.

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I overshot the piss out of my gravity for my APA recipe, and luckily I added more hops to the boil, and it ended up being very well balanced. It's 9% abv, but very smooth. I dubbed it my "Imperial Pale Ale" after reading the Zymurgy article. How serendipitous.

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also dont forget to increase your hops in the same ratio as the malt in order to maintain the balance of your original recipe

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also dont forget to increase your hops in the same ratio as the malt in order to maintain the balance of your original recipe
Actually, you need to add at a slightly higher ratio. The higher gravity of the boil will be less efficient at extracting the goods from the hops, so a small amount more is needed....YOU NEED SOFTWARE! Beer smith helps a bunch at this.
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Thanks guys, I will go get the Zymurgy Issue and go from there. By the way this is the recipe-its somewhere between a robust porter and an American stout. It is awesome everytime!

75 % efficiency
40-45 IBU
SRM 41
OG 1067
FG 1016
ABV 6.6%

11 lb 2 row
14 oz crystal 60l
10 oz black patent 500l
8oz British Chocolate 400L
4 oz Light Chocolate 170-200L
8 oz Caramunich 75L

.8 oz Simcoe 13.2% 60 min
.5 oz Mt Hood 5.8% 30 min
.5 oz Mt Hood 5.8% 15 min
.5 oz Ahtanum 5.3% 5 min

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