I finally had a black IPA while in Austin. Awesome! So now it's time to make a recipe for next month's order...
I've only looked at one BIPA on the recipe section, and found Darth Vader BIPA
by Scooby Brew. Sounds great to me, although I've slightly modified it. It's listed as having a 38 SRM, and it comes out as 32 on hopville so I added 4 oz of Briess chocolate 350 to bring it up to 36, and dropped a pound of LME for a pound of Bavarian wheat DME. I'd also use WLP 001 in place of US-05 (same?).
But I'm also looking at changing up the hops schedule as I'm uncertain about a roasty taste with citrusy hops. I currently have some Columbus and Warrior on hand, but order from MoreBeer.
I've never tried to steep so many grains, and am considering how I'd go about that as I typically use a 4-5 qt pot for steeping and dump it in my 5 gal brew pot. It can't handle much more than ~ 1 1/2 lbs of grains at once. Maybe do it in portions?
I also have a 2 gal water jug I've tried to do a mini mash in (unsuccessfully, though it ought to work for 30 mins instead of 60).
I could just steep it in my brew pot I suppose...
I love a roasty taste, but want the hops to be noticed. The only IPA's I haven't cared for are the ones light in hop taste or Big Sky's version. I also love a deep dark black color (it scares most away!).
Would adding the 4 oz of chocolate disrupt what I'm hoping will be a nice roasty taste (5 1/2 gal)?
Here's my 5 1/2 gal version so far:
7 lbs Briess pilsen LME
1 lb Briess Bavarian wheat DME
1 lb crystal 10
1 lb Carafa II Special (dehusked)
1/2 lb Special Roast
1/4 lb Briess chocolate 350
1/4 lb Briess extra light DME (starter)