Morrighan Black IPA

2nd Place - Specialty Beer (23), Lunar Rendezbrew XIX
1st Place - Specialty Beer (23), 2nd Place - Best of Show, 2012 Cactus Challenge
1st Place - Black IPA (29A), 2012 KROC Great American Beer Challenge

Brewed 3/18/12
Bottled 4/12/12

Brewed specifically for the BBBB 2012, this was my second attempt at a Black IPA. Midnight Wheat and de-husked Carafa were used in this batch, and there is a noticable difference in taste between this and Crown Line Theory. It's still hoppy as hell, and I'm still not the best person to give an evaluation. Apparently, several judges liked it, so I suppose it's good.

Gravities:

Initial: 1.064
Transfer: 1.024 (3/30/12)
Final: 1.014
6.56% ABV How is this calculated?

Ingredients:

12 lbs 2-row pislner malt
1 lb De-Husked Carafa III
1 lb Midnight Wheat Malt
1 lb Munich Malt
8 oz Golden Naked Oats
1 oz Warrior (17.2%) hop pellets
0.5 oz Simcoe (12.2%) hop pellets
1 oz Cascade (7.3%) hop pellets
2 oz Centennial (9.9%) hop pellets
1 oz Amarillo (10.7%) (dryhop)
1 oz Cascade (7.3%) (dryhop)
0.5 oz Simcoe (12.2%) (dryhop)
1 tsp Irish Moss
2 packs Nottingham dry ale yeast

Directions:

Mash grain at 150F for 60 minutes.
Sparge to collect 5 gallons.
Bring to a boil.
After 30 minutes, add Warrior and 1/2 oz Simcoe hops.
Boil 15 minutes more, then add 1 oz Cascade hops and Irish Moss.
After another 10 minutes, add 2 oz Centennial hops.
Continue boil for 5 additional minutes.
Cool to 70, pitch aerated yeast, and ferment for 2 weeks.
Transfer to secondary and add Amarillo, Cascade, and Simcoe hops.
Allow to settle for 2 weeks before bottling.

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