Widmer Bro's Pitch Black IPA Clone (Look about right?)

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Per Widmer Bros. website, these are their specs:
OG - 1.064 / IBU - 65 / Alc - 6.5% / Hops - Alchemy (their own blend) and Cascade / Grains - 2- ROW PALE, 2-ROW CARAMEL, 2-ROW CARAPILS, SPECIAL ROAST, CARAFA SPECIAL II
From what I was able to find, "Alchemy" is a blend of Millenium and Warrior. With that, I will attempt my own blend starting out 50/50 and will go from there. Below is the recipe that is still a work in progress. Anywhere it says millenium or warrior, they will be combined. Anything obvious or out of place? Thanks guys!:mug:

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 7.48 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.068 SG
Estimated Color: 34.5 SRM
Estimated IBU: 67.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 75.3 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10 lbs Pale Ale (2-row) (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 70.1 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Caramel Malt - 60L 2-Row (Cargill) 60.0 Grain 2 8.8 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Carapils (Briess) (1.5 SRM) Grain 3 8.8 %
1 lbs Carafa II (Weyermann) (415.0 SRM) Grain 4 7.0 %
12.2 oz Special Roast (Briess) (50.0 SRM) Grain 5 5.4 %
1.3 oz Millenium/Warrior Blend [14.625 %] - Boil 75.0 min Hop 6 64.6 IBUs
1 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 2.0 min Hop 8 0.4 1.5 IBUs
0.50 oz Millenium/Warrior Blend [14.25 %] - Boil 2.0 min Hop 9 2.0 IBUs
2.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) Yeast 11 -
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Dry Hop 14.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Millenium/Warrior Blend [14.625 %] - Dry Hop 14.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs
 
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Good point. Was trying to keep it between 15-20% but miscalculated. How would you recommend splitting the difference? Add another lb pale ale and lower....?
 

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I've never had Widmer Brothers Black IPA. That's why I questioned.

Just from a Black IPA standpoint, I'd go 5% on the Carafa and 5% on the Caramel (but not go higher than 40L) and dump the Carapils.

And I don't see any place for the Special Roast. I assume you're using the dehusked Carafa (are you?) to cut back on the toasted character, so why add it back with the Special Roast?
 
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Correct on dehusked Carafa. Only reason I'm using the Special Roast is that it's one of the grains they listed in their recipe...just don't know how much of what but read somewhere they used 15-20% Crystal. Don't know if that is true however.
 
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