Tuesday night was brew night again for me…I’ve been hankering after a dark, roasty IPA sort of thing for a while, blame Magic Rock’s Dark Arts; I still can’t stop thinking about the taste of that beer, even though it’s not a CDA or IPA, I can’t get it out of my head. https://yeastismybitch.com/2013/11/07/magic-rock-dark-arts/
So with roasty hoppy thoughts to the fore I put this together…let’s face it, this is more of a CCDA, than a CDA – featuring as it does Chinook and Cascade.
Here’s the recipe:
I used US-05 again as I wanted the hops and malt to feature strongly and not have the yeast steal the show. The final 25g of Cascade and 10g of Chinook will be for dry or keg-hopping. I haven’t decided yet which.
I hit the target gravity of 1053 and got 22 or so litres of wort into the fermenter. It tastes good and is fairly hoppy…but the carafa II does seem to run quite strongly, so I’m hoping the tastes will even out during fermenting and conditioning. Combining dark malts and powerful hops does seem to be a bit of a delicate balancing act.
The one thing I will say about this latest brew session is: BLOODY LEAF HOPS IN A BLOODY BRAUMEISTER… If I get another hop blockage in the bloody teeny weeny Braumeister tap, I’ll bloody scream. In future it has to be either pellets or a hop screen.
Speidel, this piddly little block-up-able tap really is a major shortcoming, please fit a hop strainer as standard to the Braumeister.
…And that’s why this brew is called “Troublemaker”, a hop blockage during the run-off meant that I had to unscrew the Braumeister tap to let the wort out into the fermenter through a sterilised sieve and funnel combination.
Unfortunately the pressure of a full volume of wort in the boiler meant it overshot the funnel and pissed a litre or so of wort all over the floor and into one of my shoes.
The Troublemaker is bubbling away at 18.5C, tasting notes will follow…