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Old 01-27-2013, 12:29 AM   #1
Kjm06
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I tried making a black IPA and I think I may have used a little too much crystal malt and it isn't black it's more of a brown color. Is this a thing or is it just a hoppy brown ale?
6lb DME
1lb corn sugar
8oz midnight wheat
14oz crystal 80
4oz Columbus hops

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Old 01-27-2013, 03:59 AM   #2
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unless your entering it into a competition, close your eyes and imagine it being a black ipa, now take a sip. Does it taste black? Are you using a kit or is this a recipe you made? May I reccomend if you do not have it try beersmith 2.0. It has a 30 day trial for free. I love how it shows you everything from ibu to srm to alcohol content. It could help you decide what ingredients to use next round.


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Old 01-27-2013, 05:50 AM   #3
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What and how much did you use to get it black? Also how many gallons did you brew? I just did a 3 gallon black ipa, and 8oz. of debittered black was all it needed to get it black. I was worried it was going to be a very dark brown, and that worried me because I did want it black, like my stouts, lol. Brown ipas are fine, Lagunitas brown sugga is amazing.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:07 PM   #4
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I used 8oz of midnight wheat for a 5 gallon batch and close to a lb of crystal 80.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:11 PM   #5
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I used 8oz of midnight wheat for a 5 gallon batch and close to a lb of crystal 80.
IMO that is a lot of crystal, I like to use about 5% or so, 4-8oz and yes, it sounds like you made more of a brown IPA.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:13 PM   #6
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It could be how long you steeped the grains.

I just brewed a BIPA as well if you were to look at the grain bill you'd say I made a stout. I was shooting for something along the lines of New Glarus Black Top, which uses chocolate malt and molasses.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:21 PM   #7
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I steeped the grains for about 20min . I thought 12% of crystal was a lot

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:24 PM   #8
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You need midnight wheat or debittered black malt (Carafa III) for a black IPA since these malts give you darkness without too much roast or malty taste.

I do enjoy a bit of Munich of Crystal in my IPA's though for some body and malt presence.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:25 PM   #9
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:31 PM   #10
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recipe?
6lb DME
1lb corn sugar
8oz midnight wheat
14oz crystal 80
4oz Columbus hops



 
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