May Brew – Not a BlackIPA

I finally drank enough beer to brew some more !
I’ve done 2 brews in May one brew was meant to be a rerun of my Black IPA and the other was a version of a California Common.
The Black IPA on the 9th of May went slightly awry ! The old version of Brewpi didn’t have the right PID values and as a result the mash temp overshot .. This meant I had an amount of hard to ferment sugars and the fermentation finished earlier than I wished. Even the usual rousing and the addition of Amylase enzyme didn’t restart it.

Mash Log for Black IPA

The OG was 1.074 and the FG ended up at 1.027 making it 6.3 % but it was too sweet for a Black IPA . Cacao nibs, Tonka beans and Vanilla to the rescue . 150g of Cacao nibs were roasted for 15 mins at 170ÂșC and 2 Tonka beans were ground up and added with the dry hopping. After leaving for a couple of days and then sampling it just didn’t sit right on the palate, it was too bitter ! I added 3 TSP of Vanilla essence to get it balance right…

Original Recipe