Brewday: Improvising a Black IPA

September 19, 2010

So I was going to brew another batch of my dark mild ale today, but I wasn’t able to find the any British yeast locally. Given the Rye IPA that was done fermenting, I had some American yeast that was plentiful so I decided to just make up a Black IPA recipe. I got to open up my pound of Columbus hops for this one. 🙂

Black IPA

Boil Volume: 7 gallons

Batch Volume: 5.5 gallons

Starting Gravity: 1.069


  • 10.5 lb Pale malt
  • 1.o0 lb Munich
  • 1.00 lb CaraMunich
  • 0.50 lb Carafa II Special
  • 0.50 lb Carafa III Special


  • 0.50 oz Simcoe (First Wort Hops, 12.2% Alpha Acid)
  • 0.50 oz Columbus (First Wort Hops, 13.2% Alpha Acid)
  • 0.50 oz Cascade (Boil for 20 minutes, 5.4% Alpha Acid)
  • 0.50 oz Simcoe (Boil for 20 minutes)
  • 0.50 oz Columbus (Boil for 20 minutes)
  • 1.00 oz Cascade (Boil for 10 minutes)
  • 1.00 oz Columbus (End of boil)
  • 1.00 oz Simcoe (End of boil)
  • 1.00 oz Cascade (End of boil)
  • 2.00 oz Columbus (Dry hops)
  • 2.00 oz Simcoe (Dry hops)
  • 2.00 oz Cascade (Dry hops)


  • Mash with 17 qt of water at 150F for 75 minutes.
  • Sparge to collect 7 gallons with 170F water.


Wyeast 1056 American yeast cake from a previous batch

Water Additions:

  • 2 gm Chalk
  • 4 gm Gypsum
  • 2 gm Calcium Chloride

One Response to “Brewday: Improvising a Black IPA”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: