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TCB Dark Heart Russian Imperial Stout (1/2 with cacao nibs and bourbon oak)

Recipe by: Taft Canyon Brewers
10 Gallon Batch

Grains:
19 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row)
3.25 lbs Flaked Oats
2lbs Caramel/Crystal 30L
2lbs Caramel/Crystal 80L
1.25lbs Chocolate Malt (350SRM)
1.25lbs Vienna Malt
.5lbs Black Patent Malt (500 SRM)
1lb Rice Hulls
2lbs Brown Sugar (10 minutes)
2lbs Black Strap Molasses (10 minutes)

Hops:
3.5 oz Columbus Whole Leaf 17.4%AA (60 minutes)

Yeast: TCB House American Ale yeast (third use, originally from Equinox brewing company fermenter). Would have used White Labs Dry English Ale yeast (#WLP007) if house yeast wasn’t viable.

Misc:
2 tabs Whirlfloc (15 Minutes)

Mash Steps:

 151 degrees for 60 minutes

120 Minute Boil

Fermentation Temperature: 70 F (too high)

Original Gravity: 1.100
IBUs: 82.5
Final Gravity: 1.009
Final ABV: 12.1%

Notes: Fermented at too high a temperature and ended up getting way more dark fruit notes than we wanted. But it’s still pretty good. Needs 9-12 months int he bottle to cool down a little, I think.. The version with the cacao nibs and bourbon oak (I soaked a 3 inch spiral in Jim Beam for two days and let is sit in the secondary with 1oz of cacao nibs for a week) has nice depth and should age nicely. This recipe was strongly based on the Anastasia’s Dark Heart RIS recipe by Cy Bevenger that appeared in Craft Beer & Brewing magazine in 2014.

Brewed: September 1, 2014
Racked: September  14, 2014
Base version bottled (bottle conditioned): November 14, 2014
Cacao Nib & Bourbon version kegged: 3/3/2015

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