Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: SafAle US-05 or other clean ale yeast
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.070
Final Gravity: 1.017
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 33.4 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 @ 64°F
Tasting Notes: Balanced IPA with a hint of roastiness
1# Caramel/Crystal 60L
1# German Carafa Special II
Mash at 153 for 60 minutes.
1.75 oz Chinook 10.5% 60 Minutes
0.50 oz Simcoe 13.0% 15 Minutes
1.0 oz Amarillo 7.5% 1 Minute
1.0 oz Simcoe 13.0% 1 Minute
1.0 oz Amarillo 7.5% Dry
1.0 oz Simcoe 13.0% Dry
As the tasting notes say, I went for a balanced IPA with just a little bit of roast to it. 2 oz of dry hop is a good place to start, but you could put more - maybe 3oz - if that suits you. I did try a variation with Carafa Special III, but felt it added too much roast and the beer wasn't as enjoyable (though still quite good). The difference between this recipe and some of the other Black IPA / CDAs out there is that the roasted grain goes into the whole mash, not just steeped at the end. You can do this with the Carafa Special grains because they are debittered (aka dehusked). I'm not as familiar with using roasted grains, so I can't give you a good sub if you need one.
As for yeast, I went with US-05 because that's what I have on hand, and I like it. Otherwise I'd go with White Labs WLP001.
Enjoy this beer. It's one I will likely keep coming back to on a regular basis.