~ Fiend's Manna ~
This wicked brew started as an effort to clone Double Bastard. Not content with the recipe, I decided to put my own spin on things.
For those that want to do a straight Double Bastard clone, make the following substitutions:
2-row for Maris Otter; 150L for 120L; Chinook for Nugget; Centennial for Cascade.
*Recipe based upon ~80% mash efficiency. Adjust as necessary.*
Boil Volume: 6.5 gallons
Final Volume (before trub/transfer loss): 5.25 gallons
10 lb Maris Otter
4 lb, 4 oz Briess Light DME (43 ppg)
1.5 lb Crystal 120L
.5 lb CaraPils
All hops are whole/leaf. Cascade at 6% AA, Nugget at 12% AA.
1.25 oz Cascade @ 60 min
2 oz Nugget @ 60 min
1 oz Cascade @ 5 min
.75 oz Nugget @ 5 min
1 oz Cascade (dry hop)
.5 oz Nugget (dry hop)
1 Whirlfloc tab @ 10 min
1/2 tsp Wyeast nutrient @ 10 min
Mash at 154*F for 60 minutes. 3 weeks in the primary, followed by a 5-7 day dry hop.
With ultra-OG brews, I've gotten into the habit of gently rousing the bottles once a week for the first three weeks, to ensure the yeast fulfill their yeasty duties. This may or may not be of any practical benefit, so I'll leave this one up to you.
4 weeks in bottles minimum
A stir plate is more or less mandatory for a brew of this nature. A 1 liter on the plate will just
get you the cell counts you need, but a 2 liter certainly won't hurt. WLP007 is a vigorous and forgiving strain, so no need to go nuts.
**Blow-off tube also mandatory.
Cost to brew is about $50. After loses, you're looking at two cases, give or take a six pack. Above average price tag by homebrew standards, but far and away better than any $25/case commercial offering. Certainly much more forgiving when compared to paying $150+ for the equivalent in Double Bastard.
Stay tuned for a full taste review...