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Old 04-10-2014, 12:03 AM   #11
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I use 5% carafa I for my BIPA. It colors it nicely but it is just light enough that you can barely see light through it. I use 6% crystal blend for a little malt character and then load it up with chinook and simcoe.

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Old 04-10-2014, 12:48 AM   #12
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Take a look at Midnight Wheat or Black Prinz...

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Old 04-10-2014, 01:22 AM   #13
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I made a fantastic CDA, BIPA, whatever you want to call it. This is a 3.5 gallon batch.

Pale Ale 8.5 #
Crystal 40 0.5 #
Midnight Wheat 0.5 #
Brown Malt 0.25 #
Chocolate 0.25 #

I used a bunch of different hops.

Magnum 0.5 @90
Centennial 0.25@ 60
Cascade 1.0@ 30
Centennial 1.0@ 10
Cascade 0.75 @ 5

Dry hops:
Amarillo 0.5, 7 days
Citra 0.5, 7 days
U.S. Golding 0.5 ,7 days

This was an amazing BIPA, I was trying to clone Alaska Brewing Black IPA. I don't know how close it really was, but SWMBO loved it.

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Old 04-10-2014, 09:39 AM   #14
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Ive been doing a lot of research on Black IPAs recently.... I did a black IPA last summer from a NB kit, soon as I tasted it I knew it feel very short of the mark. It was a hoppy porter....

The Grain bill consisted of
0.25 lbs Weyermann Carafa III
0.25 lbs Chocolate Malt
0.5 lbs Briess Caramel 80

I think the Chocolate malt really through it off.... Everything I read says Debittered Black Malt or Carafa and throw in some Crystal to make a true Black IPA, anything else seems like a Hoppy stout or porter.

The recipe I am putting together now is only Debittered Black malt, Crystal 75, and 2 row. Debating on putting in brown sugar to make it something different but not sure if it will take to much away from the show case of hops and very very slight roast.

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Old 04-10-2014, 11:42 AM   #15
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I used a pound of debittered black in a 5 gallon batch on my house ipa recipe, and it changed the flavor profile dramatically. It tastes like a hoppy stout more than an CDA. Not bad, but way too much debittered black for what I was going for. Next time I'll go with 4-8 oz. and see where that takes me.

On paper it says it's 42srm.

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Old 04-10-2014, 12:00 PM   #16
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Dehusked Carafa-III works well if you're primarily looking for color..

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Old 04-10-2014, 12:14 PM   #17
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it really depends on what you want to produce. Most bipas are hoppy porters. Use carafa iii and only about 8-12 ounces. Black patent will make it too roasted flavored, which is fine if you want it to be a hoppy stout. I used 2oz of chocolate wheat and 8oz of carafa iii in mine for a 6 gallon batch.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:41 PM   #18
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I agree with Poobah. I've been using blackprinz a lot. Tons of color but very mild flavor contribution.

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