Sunday, July 25, 2010

Batch 94, Cascadian Dark Ale

Cascadian Dark Ale

10 gallon batch

  • OG: 1.067, 1.064 actual
  • FG: 1.017, 1.017 actual (Jul 31)
  • IBU: 60
  • SRM: 30
  • ABV: 6.5%


  • 12.0 lbs American 2-row
  • 10.5 lbs American Munich
  • 1.5 lbs. American Wheat
  • 1.25 lbs Special B
  • 1.0 lbs Crystal 60
  • 0.5 lbs Chocolate malt

Mash at 158F for 60 minutes.  Batch sparge, collect 12.5 gallons.  While mashing, steep 1.0 lbs chocolate malt in 3 qts cold water.  Add to boil kettle after sparge for a total of 13 gallons.  I'm going for a little chocolate flavor from the half pound in the mash and a lot of chocolate color with the cold steep.

90 minute boil.


  • 2 oz Cascade, FWH
  • 3 oz Cascade, 60 min
  • 2 oz Cascade, 30 min
  • 1 T irish moss, 15 min
  • 1 oz Cascade, 10 min


  • Wyeast 1272

The color came out about right.  It looks darker in the photo than in real life.  It's a dark brown as opposed to a black color.

I was a little low on the OG, but a little over on volume.  Boiling a little longer, or a little harder would have brought both to where they should have been.

Aug 1: transfered to secondary

Aug 16: kegged

Aug 19: added 1 oz Cascade dry hops per keg

Sep 12:  I've been drinking this for a while, and it has more roast flavor that I'd wanted.  The hops are underwhelming, this is more like a stout than a dark IPA.  I added 2 vanilla beans to the second keg today.  I'll let that keg sit for a month or so before tapping.

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