My first high gravity beer - Imperial India Black Ale
So this is the third beer that I've made and I decided to strike out and write my own recipe with assistance from BeerSmith 2. Here goes:
Boil Size: 4 gal.
Boil Time: 60 min.
8 oz. Black Malt (500 SRM)
8 oz. Carafa II (412 SRM)
4 oz. Cara-Pils (2 SRM)
- Grains steeped in 2 gal. of water for 28 minutes at 155 degrees.
3.5 lbs Light DME (mixed into 2 gallons water and added after steeping)
6.6 lbs Light LME (late addition at 15 minutes to go in the boil)
1 oz Magnum (13.10% alpha) - 60 min.
1.5 oz Magnum (13.10% alpha) - 30 min.
1 oz Chinook (11.80% alpha) - 5 min.
1 oz Chinook (11.80% alpha) - 1 min.
1 oz Willamette (5.50% alpha) - 0 min (flameout)
.5 oz Kent Goldings (5.8% alpha) - 0 min (flameout)
Yeast: White Labs WLP550 Belgian Ale - 2 vials proofed for 30 mins at room temp
Est OG: 1.079
Est FG: 1.015
Est ABV: 8.6%
Brewed it up last night, originally wanted to use Citra hops instead of Chinook, but my LHBS didn't have any in stock. The Kent Goldings I had leftover from a batch two weeks ago so I threw them in. Can't wait to see how it tastes!
Probably should have made a starter for this batch, but brewing was pretty last minute so I didn't have time, hence two vials of yeast instead of 1.