Saturday, September 4, 2010

Death Metal Malt Bill

Just the malt alone for this one looks great. Excited to brew it and even more excited to try it. Off to Wegmans for some Orange Blossom honey.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Death Metal Russian Imperial Stout

I'm brewing one of my favorite beers this weekend. One I haven't brewed in probably close to two years. A beer I have been calling "Death Metal"…a big bold Russian Imperial Stout. A beer that incorporates a bunch of American hops, honey, molasses, vanilla beans and coffee. I plan to brew on Sunday, starting early in the AM so if anyone is around and wants to stop by, feel free to.

6 Gallon batch

14 lbs of (2 Row) American
3 lbs of Maris Otter Pale Malt
1.5 lbs of Roasted Barley
0.5 lb of Black Patent
1 lb of Chocolate Malt
1 lb of Crystal 120
1 lb of Wheat Malt
1 lb of Flaked Oats

Adjuncts (added to boil kettle, last 5 minutes)
1 lb of Orange Blossom Honey
0.5 lb of Blackstrap Molasses

90 Minute Boil
4 oz of Columbus @ 60 minutes
2 oz of Citra @ 15 minutes (might use Centennial instead)
2 oz of Simcoe @ 5 minutes
2 oz of Amarillo @ 1 minute

1 Vanilla Bean 7 days in Fermenter
5 cups of ground coffee beans – cold pressed (see notes below)

WLP001 – Large Starter using 2 vials

90 Minutes at 152 Degrees F

Mash with 7.5 gallons of water
Fly Sparge with 5 gallons of water

Pre-Boil Gravity = 1.070
OG = 1.105
FG = 1.021
ABV = 11 %
IBU = 121

Fermentation Plan
Allow to ferment for two weeks as close to 68 degrees as possible. After 2 weeks add vanilla beans for an additional week. Should be ready to keg after 3 weeks. Check gravity and if in 1.020 range keg.

Transfer out of primary into keg and add coffee. Force carb and bottle.

Coffee Plan
Take 4-5 cups of Coffee Roasters Ethiopian Yrgacheffe coffee and do a course grind. Take a sanitized pot and added 3 quarts of water. Using a sanitized spoon mixed in coffee grinds. Covered pot and let sit in fridge for 24 hours. Using a sanitized French press to remove the grinds and poured the cold pressed coffee into the keg.