You guys are so great in helping with recipes, I've got another one for ya, with questions about the process too.
Here is a sample recipe from brew builders for an imperial stout. I'd like to try one sometime in the future (after proper recipe modifications, and also proper equipment upgrades).
Briess Traditional Dark Liquid Extract 15 lbs, 4.8 oz
Weyermann Rye Malt 1 lbs, 4 oz
Crisp Chocolate Malt 1 lbs, 0 oz
Briess 2 Row Caramel 120 1 lbs, 0 oz
Special B 0 lbs, 12 oz
Centennial Pellets 3 oz @ 60 mins
Centennial Pellets 2 oz @ 30 mins
Cascade Pellets 2 oz @ 15 mins
Oak Chips, Untoasted 1 ea
White Labs Super High Gravity Ale
OG 1.134 FG 1.027 IBU 67.9 SRM 60.51 ABV 14.02
I know dark extract isn't popular on this forum, but hopefully someone can 'splain me better why. Which extracts should I use, how should I modify the specialty grains, should I use different grains, etc?
Also, I am assuming I would need at least a 6.5 gallon bucket with a blowoff tube, but would you recommend something different? How do you handle beers like this that will have a lot of krausen? Having an exploding bucket is definitely NOT an option!
Primary and secondary fermentations - how would you approach these?
Bottling and conditioning - what's the recommendation as to how to approach this? Besides the obvious effects of aging, what considerations should I think about when it comes to aging a beer like this in bottles? I tend to use 22oz bomber bottles, BTW, although I sometimes use 25oz and 12oz bottles too. The main reason I use 22oz bottles is because you need fewer of them than 12oz, and I drink a lot of beers that come in bombers.
Oxygenation for such a strong beer - how to do it?
Also, what other changes to make in a recipe like this one in order to optimize my results?
I'd probably like the final ABV to be a bit lower, although not below 11. Can I just use less extract?
I also want to assure maximum body and color. I'd hate to brew an imperial stout with an ABV > 10 that wasn't thick and chewy, or didn't come out of the bottle looking like used diesel oil.
However, the target of 60.51 SRM on the sample recipe... how does that compare with your RIS recipes?
BTW there is no chance of my attempting to brew this one anytime soon, I have five or six others in the queue before this one could be attempted.
Thanks for all insights!