Thirsty Mallard Brewing – The Blog

All the updates from Thirsty Mallard Brewing

Posts Tagged ‘Black IPA’

Update – Black Betty v2.0 & Blonde Ale

Posted by Jeff on July 7, 2012

First off, I wanted to update on my previous post about Black Betty v2.0.  I freaking LOVE this beer.  Seriously.  I’m not even mad about how the water chemistry may have affected this beer, because I like it just the way it is!  I think this recipe is done tweaking and will get rebrewed for the Dixie Cup in the fall.

On to sadder news… I tried to brew a blonde ale for a trip to a river house with some friends.  Lo and behold, when I went to transfer from conical to keg, I found that I left the airlock stopper off the lid.

Whoops.

I hoped for the best but expected the worst… and I was greeted with a lovely layer of infection growing atop my beautiful blonde (ale).  Unfortunately, this beer was not going to be palatable to my friends going with me to the river house.  On a positive note, the infection wasn’t tasting too bad (yet).  It was still a bit thin and watery, but I think it will sour up nicely.  Maybe a nice, Berlinner-Blonde.  In any case, I never throw beer out… always give it some time to see where it goes.

I bought ingredients and will be re-brewing the blonde this weekend, hopefully with better results…

Here’s the recipe:

Hot Blonde On The River

5.5 Gallons – 60 min. Boil
Est. OG – 1.049
Est. IBU – 18.2

Grains:
10 lbs – Two-Row (US)
0.5 lb – Crystal 15L (UK)
0.5 lb – Domestic Wheat Malt

Hops:
1.0 oz. Tettnang – 4.8% AA – 60 min.

Yeast:
WLP001 California Ale – with 1200mL starter

Posted in Recipes, Updates | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Black Betty v2.0

Posted by Jeff on May 23, 2012

As I mentioned while whining in my previous post, I recently brewed an American Black Ale.  Going back a few posts you will see I brewed Black Betty some time ago and it came out really well, but I wanted to try to make something with more hops and less malt complexity.  For the sake of argument, let’s say I wanted to brew something that was less Cascadian Dark Ale and more American Black Ale.  Not to be confused with a Black IPA… I feel like a Black IPA is just an IPA with some black malt in it and I wanted something a little more than that.  I find Cascadian Dark Ales to be more earthy with vegetal hop flavor.  I think “American Black Ale” is a good medium between the two.  But I digress…

Also, it just so happened that the Big Batch Brew Bash was coming up, and the style this year was American Black Ale.  So it was a good motivator to get it brewed.

So, I decided to dub it Black Betty v2.0.  Mostly because I like the name “BLack Betty” for a beer.  I’ll probably choose a new pin-up girl for the label this time… we’ll see what I can find.  Ok, so the recipe.  This is actually based off of a clone recipe for Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous Ale (which I love).

———-

Black Betty v2.0

6 Gallons, 60 min boil
EST OG: 1.080, EST IBU: 112.8
Grains:
14.5 lbs. – Two Row (US)
1.0 lb. – Carafa III – De-Husked
0.75 lb. – Crystal 55L

Hops:
2.0 oz. Chinook – 11.8%AAU – 60 min.
1.0 oz. Amarillo – 9.3%AAU – 15 min.
1.0 oz. Simcoe – 14.1%AAU – 15 min.
2.0 oz. Amarillo – Dry Hop
2.0 oz. Simcoe – Dry Hop

Yeast:  WLP001 California Ale (Pitched yeast cake from previous batch of pale ale)

Mash: 153F for 60 min.

—————–

Brew day went alright.  I over sparged so my pre-boil gravity was low, causing me to have to add some DME to the boil.  I ended up with a 1.077 beer, rather than a 1.080 beer.  Worse things have happened, I suppose.

As I mentioned, I had planned to enter this beer into the Big Batch Brew Bash, but I made one crucial error that killed the whole thing… water.  Read my previous post on water chemistry for an explanation, but basically the beer came out tasting flat.  I was really looking for more from the hops, but water chemistry has a sneaky way of taking that away from you.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good beer, just not hoppy enough to be a contender in a competition, so I decided not to enter it.  It’s now on draft here at the brewery.

So, I guess next time I’ll try adding some water salts in and see how that helps.  In the meantime, cheers!

Posted in Brewing, Recipes | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Update: 11-22-2011

Posted by Jeff on November 22, 2011

Greetings all ye who happened to stumble upon this site.  Even you, guy who was just trying to Google pictures of parched fowl and somehow landed here…

A lot has happened since my last update, so I feel obliged to tie up some loose ends.  First of all, the Black Betty turned out fan-damn-tastic!  The malt had a good subtle roast note and was complex enough to keep my attention and then… BLAM… hops.  I just kicked this keg the other day.  For my first foray into the Black IPA series, I think it went well.  I did enter it in the Bluebonnet Brew Off, where it got good scores, but didn’t win any awards.  Judges said they thought it needed more hop presence.  I disagree.  I like it just the way it is.

After that, myself and a friend of mine who is a fellow homebrewer and CIA club member, Caleb, decided to team up and brew a couple beers for the Dixie Cup.  We had aspirations of winning team awards, but it was not meant to be.

In total we brewed:

Once You Go Schwarz, You Never Go Pils – Schwarzbier:  Caleb and I love this beer, but the judges did not.  That was a dissapointment.  I think it averaged a 28.

Why The Helles Not? – Munich Helles:  Judges liked this one, and it made it to the second round… but no medal.  Averaged 36, I believe.

Alt’erior Motives – Dusseldorf Alt:  We brewed this one to play the odds (least entered beer style last year).  It also fared poorly.  Averaged 26, I think.

Uncle Pliny Touched Me – Imperial IPA:  A Pliny clone.  Surprisingly, the judges thought it was too hoppy… averaged 32, if I remember.

All in all, it was fun to brew some different styles and brewing with 2 people tends to make brewing easier (especially bottling day).  We split what was left after the entries were in and I’m just about tapped out of everything.  So… time to get back to brewin’!

Last week I brewed my Holiday Pumpkin Ale.  I’ll dedicate my next blog post to that one as I feel this post has gone on long enough.  I’d like to brew on Friday (off for Thanksgiving) but can’t decide on what to brew.  I’m kinda feeling like something with chocolate in it.  Or, Bugeater’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Amber.

Stay tuned for updates…

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized, Updates | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

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:

——————————————————————-

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

——————————————————————-

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!

Posted in Recipes | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »