Sunday, January 3, 2010

Russian Imperial Stout and American Small Beer

I decided to brew a few beers earlier this week. I wanted to brew something that would be good in a few months, something that would be good in a few weeks and something that may be good in a year or more. I have never brewed a Russian Imperial Stout and they are not usually my favorite style of beer but after having a couple of Old Rasputin's, a Port Sticky Stout and Drakes RIS I was inspired. What I love about these stouts is that they do not punch you in the face with roasted grain harshness, they slowly jab you over and over again with complex malty bills that lean away from too much heavy roast malt. So I started to build a recipe to reflect the style of RIS I like (see below). I also wanted to add some more complexity to the grain bill so I added some oats and rye malt. I also figured that since I had a big grain bill I might try and get a second runnings small beer out of it. For the small beer, I would top off with any grain. I used US S04, and pretty hop aggressive additions.

Dead Moroz (Russian Imperial Stout)
Ingredient Amount % MCU When
US 2-Row Malt 11.00 lb 57.9 % 3.7 In Mash/Steeped
US White Wheat Malt 2.00 lb 10.5 % 0.9 In Mash/Steeped
US Chocolate Malt 1.50 lb 7.9 % 99.4 In Mash/Steeped
US Roasted Barley 1.00 lb 5.3 % 56.8 In Mash/Steeped
US Caramel 120L Malt 1.00 lb 5.3 % 22.7 In Mash/Steeped
US Rye Malt 1.00 lb 5.3 % 0.7 In Mash/Steeped
US Flaked Oats 1.00 lb 5.3 % 0.6 In Mash/Steeped
Sugar - Muscovado 0.50 lb 2.6 % 1.9 Start Of Boil

Variety Alpha Amount IBU Form When
US Centennial 9.7 % 1.65 oz 41.4 Loose Pellet Hops 60 Min From End
US Centennial 9.7 % 1.18 oz 22.7 Loose Pellet Hops 30 Min From End
US Cluster 6.2 % 0.73 oz 5.8 Loose Pellet Hops 15 Min From End
US Centennial 9.7 % 0.71 oz 8.8 Loose Pellet Hops 15 Min From End
UK Golding 4.2 % 1.00 oz 2.2 Loose Pellet Hops 5 Min From End
US Centennial 9.7 % 0.65 oz 0.0 Loose Pellet Hops At turn off
UK Golding 4.2 % 0.52 oz 0.0 Loose Pellet Hops At turn off

White Labs WLP001-California Ale

I wanted to use Northern Brewer Hops instead of Centennial but the LHBS has been really bad about having lots of hop varieties on sale. I think next time I do a beer that really requires a specific hop I will order online. I used cluster to replace some of the Goldings they didn't have either. Not ideal but sometimes you just gotta role with it.

Small Beer (American Dark Mild)

Fermentables same as grain bill except minus the sugar and add some extra oats.
Hops Cluster at 60, 20, and 1 minute.
Saf Ale US 04

I am thinking I may age half or all of the RIS on American Oak or American Oak soaked in Port Wine.

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