Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Old Vasily" Russian Imperial Stout

I decided to make my first stout a clone of North Coast Brew Co.'s "Old Rasputin," with a few slight adjustments to the recipe and a big adjustment to the name! I decided to name it after my friend Vasily, aka Brian Scotland, and it produced all of the high-gravity, hoppy, and coffee characteristics that I was hoping for! I didn't add quite enough priming sugar, so I've upped the amount in the recipe below. This is a beer that really benefits from aging, as well. Here's the label and the recipe:

Old Vasily Imperial Stout
Style: Imperial Stout
Type: Partial Mash
OG: 1.090
FG: 1.021
ABV: 9.04 %
IBU's: 80.08
Batch Size: 5.00 Gal

Primary: 14 days @ 68.0°F
Secondary: 14 days @ 68.0°F

38 days @ 75.0°F

Grains & Adjuncts
11.00 lbs Pale Liquid Extract
1.00 lbs Crisp Crystal Extra Dark 120L
1.00 lbs Carastan Malt - 30L
0.50 lbs Chocolate Malt
0.50 lbs Brown Malt
4.00 ozs Black Barley (Stout)

3.00 ozs Centennial - 60 mins
1.00 ozs Centennial - 5 mins
1.00 ozs Northern Brewer - 5 mins

White Labs 0001 - California Ale


4.62 oz Corn Sugar


Steep specialty grains in 160-165 degree (F) water for 30 minutes. Rinse with 170 degree (F) water.