Black is Beautiful Homebrew Recipe

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Weathered Souls Brewing (San Antonio, TX)

By the American Homebrewers Association

Black Lives Matter. Black breweries and black beer lovers contribute so much to the craft brewing community and we are all better when all of us are valued, respected, and have equal access to opportunities.

We all have much to do ahead to bring awareness to and eradicate systemic racism, but one small step we can all take right now, together, is to support the Black is Beautiful initiative.

Imagined by Marcus Baskerville, founder and head brewer at Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio, Texas, the Black is Beautiful initiative is a collaborative effort amongst the brewing community and its customers, to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily. Its mission is to bridge the gap that has been around for ages and provide a platform to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color.

In just two short weeks, more than 700 breweries from 50 states and 13 countries have signed on to support the project and brew Black Is Beautiful, a moderately-high ABV stout. AHA Governing Committee member and past Homebrewer of the Year Annie Johnson worked with Baskerville to scale the recipe down to a volume suitable for homebrewers.

Learn more at and if you brew the beer be sure to share your story using the official logo and #BlackIsBeautifulBeer hashtag.

Black is Beautiful Homebrew Recipe | Imperial Stout


  • For 5.5 US gallons
    • 10 lb. Pale malt (2 Row)
    • 2 lb Oat, flaked
    • 1 lb Chocolate malt
    • 12 oz Barley, flaked
    • 12 oz Crystal 120 malt
    • 12 oz Roasted barley
    • 8 oz Chocolate rye malt
    • 4 oz Black (Patent) malt
    • 1 lb Corn sugar (dextrose)
    • 1 oz Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) hops, 15.5% a.a. (60 min)
    • 2 oz Cascade hops, 5.5% a.a. (20 min)
    • 2 oz Cascade hops, 5.5% (10 min)
    • 1 package California Ale Yeast (White Labs WLP001)


    • Original Gravity: 1.081
    • Final Gravity: 1.016
    • ABV: 8.7%
    • IBU: 65
    • SRM: 46
    • Boil Time: 60 minutes
    • Efficiency: 82%


    Mash grains at 154*F for 60 minutes or until conversion is complete. Continue on to a 60 minute boil, following the hop additions as noted in the ingredient list.