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Old 04-14-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default What can I add to this IPA in order to turn it into a CDA?

I have a decent IPA kit I've made, but I want to modify it into a CDA. What recommendations do you guys have? Here is the recipe:

8.5lbs Light DME
1.5lbs Crystal Malt 120L
1oz Columbus (60 min)
.5oz Columbus (15 min)
1oz Columbus (dry hop)

Any and all info will be appreciated and thanks in advance.

BTW, I will not get into a debate over Cascadian Dark Ale vs. Black IPA, so please don't even try.

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Old 04-14-2011, 01:22 PM   #2
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If you are wanting to follow the style guide, then you want it to look dark, but taste exactly like it does already. No roasted flavor, just dark color.

Maybe just a touch of black patent for color without flavor?

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Old 04-14-2011, 01:34 PM   #3
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carafa III or carafa special. It's dehusked and they say it will add color without a lot of roasted flavors.

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Oh yeah i forgot it's a black IPA

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Old 04-14-2011, 02:00 PM   #5
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I would grind up black patent or carafa in a coffee bean grinder and add it to the last 5 min of the mash. That way you're minimizing the flavors and getting the most color you can. I've done it and it works well with around 6 oz of 500L malts in a 5.5 gal batch.

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Old 04-14-2011, 02:44 PM   #6
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Am I the only person here who thinks it's retarded to color a beer black but not change the flavor?? What's the point of that?

Plus, I thought the style guidelines called for small amount of roasted flavor.

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Nope. I think it's kind of stupid, too. I put enough chocolate in the one I made so that I could taste it.

I have not read the "official" guidelines... just the BYO article that was written last year. I remember that article saying that you shouldn't be able to tell a CDA from an IPA if you were blindfolded. So... that sounds to me like "color but not flavor".

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or this

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The classic philosophical riddle :

If you drink a Black IPA in a dark room did you really drink a Black IPA?

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