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First imperial stout

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sharpe1987
beers 8 º 19:17 Thu 1/24/2013

Looking for recipe suggestions and general tips for my first imperial stout Homebrew.

I know I’d like to age it on some cocoa nibs similar to Upland’s Teddy Bear Kisses. I’m also a fan of Bells Kalamazoo and Thirsty Dog’s Siberian Night. I’m assuming these are all American styles of Imperial Stouts?

I plan on making a starter, but am not sure what size it needs to be.

Thanks for any help.

 
SamGamgee
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beers 2452 º places 182 º 19:25 Thu 1/24/2013

Some general thoughts are definitely use the Mr Malty yeast calculator to ensure you have enough yeast to pitch, and don’t be afraid of boosting your OG with some extract. You can mash all your specialty malt along with all the base malt that you can fit in your tun, and then just add extract to get to your desired OG. Pitch plenty of yeast, oxygenate heavily, and keep your fermentation temperature on the cool side for the yeast strain you are using. Make sure you add enough hops to keep the beer in balance as it ages to some extent.

 
sharpe1987
beers 8 º 11:18 Fri 1/25/2013

When making a starter, is the measurement of yeast calculated by how much there is after you decant, or the whole starter?

And for a beer like an imperial stout, how many times would it take to decant and add new starter wort to build a sufficient pitch?

 
Cliff
beers 355 º places 72 º 11:44 Fri 1/25/2013

I would honestly recommend making a smaller beer and using the yeastcake for the Imperial Stout. Make a sessionable brown or porter then repitch on to the cake.

 
HornyDevil
11:50 Fri 1/25/2013

Originally posted by Cliff
I would honestly recommend making a smaller beer and using the yeastcake for the Imperial Stout. Make a sessionable brown or porter then repitch on to the cake.


Or just pitch a packet of US05 or S04.

 
Quasimodo
beers 217 º 11:52 Fri 1/25/2013
 
HornyDevil
11:55 Fri 1/25/2013

Originally posted by sharpe1987

Looking for recipe suggestions and general tips for my first imperial stout Homebrew.




Try something like this:



1 lbs Roast Barley

1 lbs American Caramel 120°L

1 lbs Weyermann Carafa® III

1 lbs 2-Row Chocolate Malt

9 lbs Dry Extra Light Extract

1 oz Magnum (Whole, 14.50 %AA) boiled 60 min.

Yeast : Fermentis US-05 Safale US-05



Original Gravity 1.097

Terminal Gravity 1.023

Color 46.29 °SRM

Bitterness 55.9 IBU

Alcohol (%volume) 9.8 %

87 % overall

 
sharpe1987
beers 8 º 13:32 Fri 1/25/2013

Originally posted by HornyDevil
Originally posted by sharpe1987

Looking for recipe suggestions and general tips for my first imperial stout Homebrew.




Try something like this:



1 lbs Roast Barley

1 lbs American Caramel 120°L

1 lbs Weyermann Carafa® III

1 lbs 2-Row Chocolate Malt

9 lbs Dry Extra Light Extract

1 oz Magnum (Whole, 14.50 %AA) boiled 60 min.

Yeast : Fermentis US-05 Safale US-05



Original Gravity 1.097

Terminal Gravity 1.023

Color 46.29 °SRM

Bitterness 55.9 IBU

Alcohol (%volume) 9.8 %

87 % overall




If I wanted to replace the US-05 with a white labs liquid yeast, what could I use?

And what would be an all grain equivalent to the 9lbs DME?

 
StefanSD
beers 2218 º places 45 º 14:18 Fri 1/25/2013

Originally posted by sharpe1987
Originally posted by HornyDevil
Originally posted by sharpe1987

Looking for recipe suggestions and general tips for my first imperial stout Homebrew.




Try something like this:



1 lbs Roast Barley

1 lbs American Caramel 120°L

1 lbs Weyermann Carafa® III

1 lbs 2-Row Chocolate Malt

9 lbs Dry Extra Light Extract

1 oz Magnum (Whole, 14.50 %AA) boiled 60 min.

Yeast : Fermentis US-05 Safale US-05



Original Gravity 1.097

Terminal Gravity 1.023

Color 46.29 °SRM

Bitterness 55.9 IBU

Alcohol (%volume) 9.8 %

87 % overall




If I wanted to replace the US-05 with a white labs liquid yeast, what could I use?

And what would be an all grain equivalent to the 9lbs DME?


WLP004 Irish ale yeast would work, as would WLP099 Super high gravity yeast

Consider Briess 2-row as a sub for the DME but not sure how much you’d need. You’d have to run calculators

 
SamGamgee
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beers 2452 º places 182 º 19:06 Fri 1/25/2013

wlp001 is the liquid equivalent to US-05. Mrmalty.com has a pitching rate calculator that will guide to to the appropriate starter size based on your batch size, original gravity, and starter methods.

 
SamGamgee
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beers 2452 º places 182 º 19:08 Fri 1/25/2013

The starter sizes are based on the total volume of starter wort.

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