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Kjm06 01-26-2013 11:29 PM

I tried making a black IPA and I think I may have used a little too much crystal malt and it isn't black it's more of a brown color. Is this a thing or is it just a hoppy brown ale?
6lb DME
1lb corn sugar
8oz midnight wheat
14oz crystal 80
4oz Columbus hops

Thanks

AWNbrewer 01-27-2013 02:59 AM

unless your entering it into a competition, close your eyes and imagine it being a black ipa, now take a sip. Does it taste black? Are you using a kit or is this a recipe you made? May I reccomend if you do not have it try beersmith 2.0. It has a 30 day trial for free. I love how it shows you everything from ibu to srm to alcohol content. It could help you decide what ingredients to use next round.

sweed 01-27-2013 04:50 AM

What and how much did you use to get it black? Also how many gallons did you brew? I just did a 3 gallon black ipa, and 8oz. of debittered black was all it needed to get it black. I was worried it was going to be a very dark brown, and that worried me because I did want it black, like my stouts, lol. Brown ipas are fine, Lagunitas brown sugga is amazing.

Kjm06 01-28-2013 03:07 PM

I used 8oz of midnight wheat for a 5 gallon batch and close to a lb of crystal 80.

duboman 01-28-2013 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kjm06 (Post 4835582)
I used 8oz of midnight wheat for a 5 gallon batch and close to a lb of crystal 80.

IMO that is a lot of crystal, I like to use about 5% or so, 4-8oz and yes, it sounds like you made more of a brown IPA.

edb 01-28-2013 03:13 PM

It could be how long you steeped the grains.

I just brewed a BIPA as well if you were to look at the grain bill you'd say I made a stout. I was shooting for something along the lines of New Glarus Black Top, which uses chocolate malt and molasses.

Kjm06 01-28-2013 03:21 PM

I steeped the grains for about 20min . I thought 12% of crystal was a lot

Jayhem 01-28-2013 03:24 PM

You need midnight wheat or debittered black malt (Carafa III) for a black IPA since these malts give you darkness without too much roast or malty taste.

I do enjoy a bit of Munich of Crystal in my IPA's though for some body and malt presence.

Hopper5000 01-28-2013 03:25 PM

recipe?

Kjm06 01-28-2013 03:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hopper5000
recipe?

6lb DME
1lb corn sugar
8oz midnight wheat
14oz crystal 80
4oz Columbus hops


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