brewday #31 Imperial India Black Ale

Last Friday I made a new batch of my Ninja IBA, something like the SM beer I made a couple of months ago, but stronger ABV and more hops, estimated 11% ABV and 130 IBU. I didn’t use the same hops as before because… I used up what I had in stock. What you don’t see on the picture is that I also had 40 gr Centennial the last minute. Everything went well, and the fermentation started in just a few hours. It’s cold in my apartment at the moment which is good fermentation temperature (17-20 C).

Edit 2011-07-03: I dry hopped with 100 gr of Galaxy hops, bottling will be on Wednesday.

I also tasted the CCCP and wow the coconut taste was awesome. I think I will remove the coconut today and bottle the brew on Thursday or Friday. I have high hopes for this brew.

Hembryggar SM — N.I.B.A. (Ninja Imperial Black Ale)


Idag är det hembryggarnas SM, jag ska tävla mot 90 andra hembrygda öl i folkets val. Jag har bara med mig 10 liter så jag har nog ingen chans att få nåt pris enligt SHBF styrelsen, eftersom den kommer att ta slut innan de flesta huunnit prova den. Men jag satsar på att bli mytisk istället, ölen man sååå gärna hade velat smaka ;-). Ahh, det är första gången jag ställer upp, och det är faktiskt min “jubileums brygd”, när jag tänker efter var det nästan på dagen för ett år sedan jag gjorde min första öl.

Eftersom man måste lämna ut receptet till SHBF, så kan jag lika gärna göra det här också…

N.I.B.A. (Ninja Imperial Black Ale)
Name of Brew: Ninja IBA Imperial 2011
Entry Category: IBA (India Black Ale) / CDA Type: All Grain
Starting Gravity: 1,093 SG Batch Size: 12,80 L
Final Gravity: 1,022 SG Mash Profile: Decoction Mash, Single


Amount Item Type % or IBU
4,00 kg Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (5,9 EBC) Grain 74,07 %
0,30 kg Amber Malt (95,0 EBC) Grain 5,56 %
0,30 kg Crystal 100 (100,0 EBC) Grain 5,56 %
0,25 kg Carafa III (1400,0 EBC) Grain 4,63 %
0,25 kg Wheat, Torrified (3,3 EBC) Grain 4,63 %
0,30 kg Rörsocker Ekologiskt (50,0 EBC) Sugar 5,56 %


Amount Item Type % or IBU
15,00 gm Sorachi Ace [10,90 %] (60 min) Hops 23,1 IBU
20,00 gm Sorachi Ace [10,90 %] (60 min) (Mash Hop) Hops 6,2 IBU
20,00 gm Sorachi Ace [10,90 %] (30 min) Hops 23,7 IBU
25,00 gm Nelson Sauvin [13,00 %] (15 min) Hops 20,5 IBU
75,00 gm Nelson Sauvin [13,00 %] (3 min) Hops 15,5 IBU
50,00 gm Centennial [10,00 %] (1 min) Hops 3,1 IBU


Edit: I competed in the “misc class” with 20 other beers from low alcohol to strange or strong beers. I came on 6’th place. In retrospect my 10 liters did last for more than 4 hours. I think that many people who would have liked it didn’t want to try because it was black. Many people said that they wanted to try it just because of the name, and they looked surprised and pleased after they tasted it. I should have signed it up as an IPA instead, then the keg would have been finished much sooner (I think), and maybe made a better place.


Nindia Imperial Black Ale, the SM Beer

I decided to make an Imperial Black IPA or IBA, CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale) or what ever you like to call an overhopped black ale. I did a Ninja IPA in July last year and I think this is one of the best ones I ever made. The recipe was spot on, I tried many other Black IPA from Amager, Stone, Southern Tier, Beer Here etc. But I like the one I made best of all.

Why is that, well maybe I have a completely different idea. The Ninja IPA have less roasty tones than all others I tried, but it is still pitch black. Maybe those brewerys want it that way, not me. I do like heavy stouts, but I don’t want an overhopped stout.

So I decided to make another batch and bring it to the SHBF (Swedish home brewers asssociation) “competition” in May. I think I will give them to the jury and the “peoples choice” competition. But I’m not 100% sure, because it is not the original recipe. It is not the same malts, and not the same hops because I had to use what I have. I actually never tried to make the exact same beer (same recipe) twice because it is more fun to experiment and get the feeling of how it will turn out when brewing.

If it doesn’t meet up to what I expect I might not bring it to SM, we just have to wait and see. I hope you will come to this event and taste it, and considering giving me the vote if you find it is the best 🙂

SM i hembryggd öl 2011

I will be there, you will recognize meand the goate ;-).
Saturday on May 7’th. Come early because I will only bring one small keg of 9 liters! See this web site for more details.

OG 1093 estimated FG 1026 = ABV 8.8%
IBU 93 (and Dry hopped as hell)

Kegged and ready for the KGZ party

Yesterday I kegged the last three beers I specially made for the Kaigozan Dojo 20 Year Anniversary. It is in total five beers…

helfWete, Belgian wit with coriander, orange, ginger, black pepper, anis.

Kunoichi Ale, 30% wheat malt and overhopped, it should be a pretty bitchy ale.

Ninja IPA, Cascadian style of black overhopped ale, it should attack you from nowhere

Ronzacapa (Imperial Vanilla Rum Stout), strong and robust! Chocolate, vanilla, and rum from 23 year old Ronzacapa.

Ohayo (breakfast stout), oatmeal and coffe stout.

Note: this is a closed party for members only!