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Sunday, September 1, 2013

More Beer!

 So, a couple of nights ago, I helped my niece, Emily, bottle her second-ever beer. I had given her an assist in putting together the recipe, and brewing the beer.

What we made (we hope) was a Russian Imperial Stout. Emily really likes dark ales, and we wanted to push the envelope just a little bit.
 We soaked the labels of some Sam Adams bottles, I brought over some caps, and my old wing capper.
Altogether, we got 8 bottles of beer. Not bad. The ninth bottle had about an inch and a half of beer, so we decided to just taste it. Obviously, it'll change after conditioning and aging. But, if first impressions are any indication at all, this is going to be one of the finest beers I've ever tasted.

It wasn't a fancy recipe. Here it is:

: Imperial Stout
Batch: 1.00 galExtract

Recipe Gravity: 1.087 OG
Recipe Bitterness: 49 IBU
Recipe Color: 76° SRM
Estimated FG: 1.022
Alcohol by Volume: 8.4%
Alcohol by Weight: 6.6%

American black patent         0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped
Crystal 120L                  0.50 lb, Grain, Steeped
Dark malt extract             2.00 lb, Extract, Extract

Willamette                    0.50 oz, Pellet, 0 minutes
Willamette                    0.50 oz, Pellet, 60 minutes

British Ale yeast             1.00 unit, Yeast,