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Old 09-06-2010, 08:44 PM   #1
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Has anyone picked any of this up yet and used it? I got 3lbs from my LHBS, and I'm pretty excited to give it a try. We're probably going to make a black IPA with it first, then just try out some cool things with it. A little bit should go a long way, so I'll probably be able to get a few batches out of this 3 lbs.

Info about it is here: http://www.brewingwithbriess.com/Pro...lMalts.htm#Jul


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I've used chocolate wheat, which sounds like the same thing. Since the wheat doesn't have a husk it is close in character to carafa special, it doesn't have the harsh bite of black patent or roasted barley. Black IPA is certainly a good plan, or how about a black hefe?


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Black hefe is definitely something I was considering, and was also throwing around the idea of a similar thing in a wit. I think the guy who owns my LHBS mentioned trying a porter with it, which is also a nice idea, but I'd rather not do. I'd rather take a lighter style with the midnight wheat to help showcase it a bit better.
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I picked up a couple pounds of the Midnight Wheat and will be brewing up a black IPA on Wednesday. I'm going to use a pound of it and am curious to see what flavor it gives. I like the idea of a "black wit" too. That sounds pretty tasty.
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I picked up a couple pounds of the Midnight Wheat and will be brewing up a black IPA on Wednesday. I'm going to use a pound of it and am curious to see what flavor it gives. I like the idea of a "black wit" too. That sounds pretty tasty.
Did you get around to the black IPA? How did it go, if you did? I still have the 3lb of midnight wheat.. I've been distracted with other things and haven't gotten a chance to use it yet.
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It's been awhile, so does anyone have any results from using the Midnight Wheat? I was thinking about replacing the pound of Carafa III in my black IPA recipe with this malt.
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I don't like it. It has an odd dull roasty character, like really old roasted barley that has lost that fresh, vibrant quality. Also the color is a yellow brown, not a red brown...yes, it can make a black beer with small flavor impact, but I didn't like what it added.
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A lb is way too much. I used 4-6 oz I think in my black IPA. I find it adds only color.

With my addition, in a beer glass, the beer was black with a slight red tint if held up to the light.

I would not use any more then 6 oz.

I really like it.
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A lb is way too much. I used 4-6 oz I think in my black IPA. I find it adds only color.

With my addition, in a beer glass, the beer was black with a slight red tint if held up to the light.

I would not use any more then 6 oz.

I really like it.
I probably should have given a grain bill percentage, not weight, since its a double black ipa recipe. My normal recipe is 16lb 2-row, 1lb carafaIII, 1 lb crystal60. This means that even though I use a full pound of carafa, it only makes up 5% of the grain bill. With that in mind, are you saying that the midnight wheat has a stonger flavor and can't be used at the same volume as the carafa?
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I do not notice a flavor.


A little goes a long way for color. If you want it completely black, I would say 1/2 lb is plenty. run it through a SRM calculator to confirm.

Just checked. I used 4 oz in my black IPA.


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