Thursday, February 20, 2020

Brewing the Stone Soup IDA

If you follow SheppyBrew's Instagram or Facebook pages ... and/ or you read Stone Soup IDA, you know that I brewed this past weekend.

Stone Soup IDA is Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale / India Dark Ale recipe that I first brewed in 2010. I have not brewed it since 2011 despite the fact that I really liked the Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale / India Dark Ale style.

To be honest, I'm not sure I've had a recent Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale / India Dark Ale from any brewery in several years.

I'm sure I have had one that I'm not remembering in the last year or two, but still, it isn't a style that I drink as much as I used to.

I think the rest of the world is with me too. There just don't seem to be that many out there anymore.

TommyKnocker's Hop Strike Black IPA was one of the first Black IPA's I ever had and the one to which I compared all others after it. That is why I added to my Colorado 6 Pack list.

Anyway ... I brewed a Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale / India Dark Ale this past Sunday.

I didn't get started really early, but before sunrise. The mash was going before 6:30 AM.

My pre-boil volume was low, so I diluted a bit with water.

The boil went well and I remembered to add all the hops at the right time.

Chilling went well.

My OG was perfect. I was done with the brew day by 10:30 AM.

Then I went for a bike ride.

The beer has been fermenting. As far as I can tell, it has been going well. In a few days I'll dry hop.

Really looking forward to drinking this beer.

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