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Brew Day: Black Betty (Bam-ba-lam) – Black IPA

Posted by Jeff on June 7, 2011

Well, I vowed not to brew again until I completed my new brewing rig… and for the most part, I completed it.  Sort of.

Sunday was to be the day.  A quick water tight test of the HLT unfortunately failed.  My thermometer and valve were both leaking.  Given that this is an electric HLT, any leak is a huge issue.  So, no HLT would be used today.  I decided to use the boil kettle as my HLT and just pump the hot water into the Mash Tun. (Side note: I learned that you will lose 8-10 degrees of temperature that way.)

So, as alluded to, my mash temperature was low.  I was shooting for 152ºF but ended up at 148ºF.  So looks like it will be a little lighter bodied than I had anticipated.

I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with my new Banjo burner.  She pumps out some BTU’s… and quiet as a mouse.  It almost didn’t feel like I was brewing without the roar of the hurricane burner.

It also took me a while to figure out the best configuration for hoses and pump speed.  I’ll need a few more brew sessions to get it all figured out.  As soon as the HLT is repaired I will take some pictures of the final product.  Oh, also one of my GFCI outlets popped and won’t reset.  Not sure what that is about.  GFCI plugs aren’t cheap, so hopefully I don’t have to replace it.

Alright, here’s the recipe:

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Black Betty (Bam-ba-lam) – Black IPA

5 Gallons, 90 Minute Boil
EST OG: 1.070  EST IBU: 94

Grains:
11.5 lbs – Two Row
1.13 lbs – Carafa II
1.13 lbs – Dark Munich Malt (Germany)
0.75 lb – Wheat Malt (Germany)
0.50 lb – Cara 45

Hops:
0.30 oz – Colombus – FWH
0.50 oz – Colombus – 60 min
0.50 oz – Magnum – 60 min
0.40 oz – Amarillo – 30 min
0.50 oz – Cascade – 15 min
0.50 oz – Cascade – 2 min
0.75 oz – Cascade – 0 min
1.25 oz – Amarillo – Dry Hop After 10 days

Yeast: WLP001 California Ale – 1 pint starter made

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My gravity ended up at 1.072, so I hit the mark just fine.  I had to use hard water (hose water) so I’m not sure how harsh that will make the hops.  I would have rather used some clean water, but oh well.

If this one is good enough I’ll enter it in the upcoming Alamo Drafthouse Homebrew Competition.  Here’s hopin’!

Cheers!

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