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I’ve brewed this s couple of times using 1098 with great success. If you cannot get it I’d go with 1318
OK, thanks for your recommendation.

I have an oat pale in the 3rd day of fermenting with 1318 so I'll guess I'll open 'er up tomorrow night and harvest some off the krausen.
Also have an Ommegang BPA clone on the go so will do the same with that. :mug:
 

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Hi all. I've been looking fora for a good black ipa recipe for a while and I think this could be the holy grail, I'm so excited to brew this. I'm trying to get all ingredients together and can get everything except midnight wheat. Nowhere in my country sells It (Ireland) and can't get it from the uk either so trying to come up with alternatives.
I can get Weyermann Chocolate wheat. Not sure if this will be suitable as I'm worried about it giving off bitterness but will get the color.

I can get carafa Special III, so could I just double the amount of it and scrap the midnight wheat and maybe just add some regular wheat for mouthfeel.

Or third option would be replace midnight wheat with Carafa special II, which is closer in color and again add some regular wheat.

I hate not being able to get the correct ingredients so just going to have to make the best attempt at it. Would love some feedback on how to get this recipe as close as possible.
 

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Hi all. I've been looking fora for a good black ipa recipe for a while and I think this could be the holy grail, I'm so excited to brew this. I'm trying to get all ingredients together and can get everything except midnight wheat. Nowhere in my country sells It (Ireland) and can't get it from the uk either so trying to come up with alternatives.
I can get Weyermann Chocolate wheat. Not sure if this will be suitable as I'm worried about it giving off bitterness but will get the color.

I can get carafa Special III, so could I just double the amount of it and scrap the midnight wheat and maybe just add some regular wheat for mouthfeel.

Or third option would be replace midnight wheat with Carafa special II, which is closer in color and again add some regular wheat.

I hate not being able to get the correct ingredients so just going to have to make the best attempt at it. Would love some feedback on how to get this recipe as close as possible.
I think you'll be fine if you substitute one of the other darker malts as you're thinking currently.

My advice would be to to just keep the same ratio for whatever you substitute the midnight for so you still get the same base. The color may be slightly lighter depending on what you can get your hands on if not as dark as the midnight.

The hops in this beer really shine too and I think that will help balance out any difference from the midnight wheat. I have brewed this multiple times and everything something's gone awry and the beer always turns out delicious.
 

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I'm from Ireland too and also have this on my too brew list. What a coincidence :p

Joking aside I'm just going to go for the Weyermann chocolate/roasted wheat. I don't have a real Wookie to compare it to so a slight difference won't be a problem. I would also think it would come closer than any of the carafa specials which are barley not wheat. The fact that I have 1.5 kg of it waiting to be used is another good reason to use it rather than buying more malt. Now I just have to decide what to do with the rest of my chocolate rye malt o_O
 

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Thanks to both of you for your replies. Good to know samandbekah that no matter what options I go with the beer should still come out good.

Im like you Shenanigans, I've never tried Wookie but love black ipas and had a Kinnegar Black Rye ipa recently and it was excellent, the rye takes it to the next level so this is why it's next on my brew list. Hopefully ordering the grains in the next week with a view to brewing by the end of the month.

I've never used chocolate wheat so worried about it adding additional bitterness as to me black ipas should be smooth which is why I was leaning to carafa II with a bit of additional wheat. Have you used chocolate wheat before? What is its flavor profile like?

Also going to use Pearl malt as the base as I can't get American 2 Row here. Would this be OK as the base? What are you using for you base Shenanigans?
 

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@aaronm13 - another thing you can consider if you're worried about the bitterness - is mash the substitute malt you choose in cold water separately a day or two ahead of time and then add the extract back in to your regular mash come brew day. This would be similar to making cold brew coffee, you're taking the bitter/harshness out of the malt(s) and keeping the roasty darker flavors you want.

Sorry to hear you've never tried the real wookie... It's such an amazing beer I was so sad when Firestone Walker retired it!
 

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Thanks to both of you for your replies. Good to know samandbekah that no matter what options I go with the beer should still come out good.

Im like you Shenanigans, I've never tried Wookie but love black ipas and had a Kinnegar Black Rye ipa recently and it was excellent, the rye takes it to the next level so this is why it's next on my brew list. Hopefully ordering the grains in the next week with a view to brewing by the end of the month.

I've never used chocolate wheat so worried about it adding additional bitterness as to me black ipas should be smooth which is why I was leaning to carafa II with a bit of additional wheat. Have you used chocolate wheat before? What is its flavor profile like?

Also going to use Pearl malt as the base as I can't get American 2 Row here. Would this be OK as the base? What are you using for you base Shenanigans?
I know I used the chocolate wheat before because I have 500g less than I bought a few years ago.
I need to look up my old recipes in beersmith because I cant remember exactly what I used it for.:oops:
I'll be using Dingemans pale ale myself. I'm from Ireland but I live in Germany near the Dutch and Belgian borders so I buy from different online shops in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. I've used Best, weyermann, Castle, Schwan and Dingemans pale ale for dark beers before.
Dingemans just happens to be what I have at the moment. The English ones like pearl and MO would be fine too but are a bit more expensive over here and I think the extra flavours they impart would be lost with all the special malts. So I save them for lighter styles but if it's hat you have go for it. Pearl is probably comparably cheaper in Ireland than continental pale ale malt anyway and I think the color comes closer to American 2-row too.
I'm planning this in for if sometime around the start of November so that it's ready for Christmas :mug:
 
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I've never used chocolate wheat so worried about it adding additional bitterness as to me black ipas should be smooth which is why I was leaning to carafa II with a bit of additional wheat. Have you used chocolate wheat before? What is its flavor profile like?
Jumping in because Wookey Jack was a favorite beer for me...
Midnight Wheat in my experience adds no bitterness. It's actually my favorite dark malt and I sometimes sub it for Carafa. I think you can do the reverse - substitute Carafa (the darkest you can get, as Midnight Wheat is 500L) and add some wheat malt, should get you close. If you sub Chocolate Wheat and add some Carafa for color you should be fine.
 

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Thanks all for your advice.

@samandbekah: that's a great tip about cold steeping the grains. I've seem mentions of that while looking for black ipa recepies so I'll definitely look into it more.

@Shenanigans: think the Pearl malt is probably overkill but I had to buy 25kg for a Heady Topper clone I did so have around 19kg still left so will probably just use them to keep the cost down on this. Think the equivalent in Pale Malt would cost me around 14 euro so will help a bit with cost. Hoping to have this ready and in peak condition for Christmas too.
 

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Well I brewed this 10 days ago, got an OG of 1.079 and pitched WY 1098 British Ale yeast.
I took a reading on Sunday and it was already down to 1.019.
I'm going to leave it for 3 weeks in total before kegging because I brewed a Belgian blonde on the same day with WY 3787 and want to be sure it's done before I bottle it and will package everything on the same day.
I will dry hop in a few days, a week to 10 days before kegging.
I have two more beers that will be ready to package on that day too.

Can hardly wait!
 

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Well I brewed this 10 days ago, got an OG of 1.079 and pitched WY 1098 British Ale yeast.
I took a reading on Sunday and it was already down to 1.019.
I'm going to leave it for 3 weeks in total before kegging because I brewed a Belgian blonde on the same day with WY 3787 and want to be sure it's done before I bottle it and will package everything on the same day.
I will dry hop in a few days, a week to 10 days before kegging.
I have two more beers that will be ready to package on that day too.

Can hardly wait!
It's the best!! I haven't brewed it in two years but I'm making this my next brew... Enjoy!
 

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Brewing the Wook this weekend with a slight twist to the hops and yeast... So pumped, one of my favorite beers to make!
 

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Well I brewed this 10 days ago, got an OG of 1.079 and pitched WY 1098 British Ale yeast.
I took a reading on Sunday and it was already down to 1.019.
I'm going to leave it for 3 weeks in total before kegging because I brewed a Belgian blonde on the same day with WY 3787 and want to be sure it's done before I bottle it and will package everything on the same day.
I will dry hop in a few days, a week to 10 days before kegging.
I have two more beers that will be ready to package on that day too.

Can hardly wait!

Well mine turned out very good.

It was the first beer I packaged in a keg so I was constantly drawing off a few samples to see how the carbonation was going. I managed to finish it off with the other keg on my own within 3 weeks. :oops:

I have to learn to use smaller glasses because when pouring I always ended up filling the glass to the top.:rolleyes:

Anyway next time hopefully it lasts longer and I can give it a chance to mature for a few months. I think it will only get better.:)
 

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So awesome looking back at old threads. I have always been and will always be a HUGE fan of Black IPA. The sucky thing is the style is pretty much dead. I haven’t been able to find anything on the shelf forever!!!

My fave Black IPA was always NightTime from Lagunitas but I could never find a clone recipe for that one. I’ve decided to brew Wookie this weekend and want to thank everyone for the info they contributed to this thread. I also wanted to add that I was quite surprised FW said they only used 5% Rye in the original Wookie recipe and are doing the same in Wookus.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/fire...us-imperial-black-ipa-part-leo-v-ursus-series

Wookus also has Mosaic in it now. I’ve always liked Mosaic in Black IPAs because the combination of that (berry) hop with the dark malt gives a dark fruit flavor.

Thanks again!
 
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Bought a 21st Amendment variety pack last month, and damn, that Back in Black was good. So the style is still available, though limited. Also had a draft black IPA at a local brewery in Mt Pleasant, SC last night. It was OK, but too roasted in my mind, a fault of many of the lesser versions of this style.
 

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Bought a 21st Amendment variety pack last month, and damn, that Back in Black was good. So the style is still available, though limited. Also had a draft black IPA at a local brewery in Mt Pleasant, SC last night. It was OK, but too roasted in my mind, a fault of many of the lesser versions of this style.
I would actually settle for Back in Black right now but it’s not the same level as Wookie or NightTime IMO. Unfortunately, I can’t even find BIB.
 

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IMO there's nothing close to Wookey Jack... Such an epic beer, I still struggle with the fact that FW retired it... I just brewed it this weekend and replaced Citra and Amarillo with Simcoe and Mosaic... Can't wait to try it!
 

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My two favs of the style were (and still are) wookey and sublimely self righteous.
Nice... Never tried Sublimely Self Righteous... Where is it from? I'm in the North East and we get a lot of stuff from across the country here but obviously only if they distribute.
 

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Nice... Never tried Sublimely Self Righteous... Where is it from? I'm in the North East and we get a lot of stuff from across the country here but obviously only if they distribute.
Sadly it is gone. Was a Stone product that started out as their 7th anniversary ale and lasted about 9 years. Mitch Steele put a homebrew recipe for it in his book...this purports to be that recipe...I had more luck duplicating Wookey than SSR but not sure I tried this exact recipe.

https://www.brewersfriend.com/homeb...stone-sublimely-self-righteous-ale-black-ipa-
 

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I brewed this at the end of last year and loved it. The only problem is that it's very strong and you can only have about 2 pints of it.o_O
Anyone every try brew a more sessionable version of it; or would it end up being too thin and lose too much character?
I was thinking of shooting for something between 5 and 6% abv. but with that great mouthfeel. Maybe reduce the grain bill and hops by about 1/3 but mash a little higher to try and get the right balance. :mug:
 

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I brewed this at the end of last year and loved it. The only problem is that it's very strong and you can only have about 2 pints of it.o_O
Anyone every try brew a more sessionable version of it; or would it end up being too thin and lose too much character?
I was thinking of shooting for something between 5 and 6% abv. but with that great mouthfeel. Maybe reduce the grain bill and hops by about 1/3 but mash a little higher to try and get the right balance. :mug:
*Bump* I just brewed this recipe again and for a couple reasons, it came out at 5.9% without any changes to the grain bill or hops. I've only had one pour so far but it tasted awesome to me. I haven't brewed in awhile and so the base malt was easily 3 years old and I don't have a mill (normally mill it at my LHBS when I buy the other grain) so I did it in a food processor and so I think that's why my efficiency and ABV were low.

Anyway, love this beer so much. It's great to be able to brew since they don't make it anymore (don't distro to Ohio anyway) and can't really get any black IPA's anymore anyway.
 

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I brewed this on Friday and pitched 2 rehydrated packets of us04. Saturday midday I was glad I had a blowoff rig attached. Really looking forward to this beer. Thanks!
 
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