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Big Black’s Revenge

Revenge is a beer best served cold, or at least drank on a cold day. Or maybe drinking well is the best revenge. Either way, you’ll be covered when you brew up this schwarzbier.

This bottom-fermenting beer is smooth and full bodied, with noticeable malt sweetness masked by overtones of roasted malt, imparting a bitterness akin to dark chocolate. For maximum satisfaction enjoy with a wry grin in front of an old nemesis.

Big Black’s Revenge | Schwarzbier

Ingredients

  • For 7.5 gallons (28.4 L)
  • 6 pounds amber extract malt
    5 pounds dark extract malt
    2 pounds 80 ºL crystal malt
    1 pound chocolate malt
    1 pound black patent malt
    3.25 ounces Hallertau hop pellets, 3.5% AA (60 minutes)
    1.25 ounces Hallertau hop pellets, 3.9% AA (30 minutes)
    1.25 ounces Tettnang hop pellets, 3.4% AA (15 minutes)
    Wyeast No. 2206 Bavarian lager yeast
    force-carbonate in keg

    Specifications

    • Original Gravity: 1.063
    • Final Gravity: 1.025
    • ABV: 5%
    • IBU: n/a
    • SRM: n/a
    • Boil Time: 60 minutes
    • Efficiency: n/a
    • Pre-boil Volume: n/a
    • Pre-boil Gravity: n/a

    Directions

    • Steep grains at 170 °F for 30 minutes.
    • Primary fermentation: 2 weeks at 55 °F in glass
    • Secondary fermentation: 4 weeks at 45 °F in stainless steel
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