Angels with A Dark Heart | Oak Aged Imperial Stout 13%

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Third time brewing Angels With A Dark Heart and second time I will barrel age. This time I purchased a 15 gallon bourbon barrel versus 20 gallons and I plan to age the beer up to Christmas. Nick could not get me a barrel this time so I ordered from North East Barrel Company.

Grain Bill

The grain bill was used for each brew.
26lbs Pale 2-Row malt
2lbs Flaked Red Wheat
2lbs Flaked Oats
4lbs Roasted Barley malt
1lb 8ozs Black Patent malt
1lb 8ozs Caramel/Crystal 60L malt
3lb Chocolate malt
2qts maple syrup in bourbon barrel (Second brew 1qt add to barrel)
4ozs Magnum @60mins
10pkgs Safale English Ale yeast #S-04 (Second brew I used 8pkgs)

Inspiration

My inspiration comes from one of the best beers I’ve ever had – Angels with a Filthy Soul from Bissell Brothers.  I’ve only ever had 3 cans of this beer as it is crazy hard to get. 

Brew Notes

Because I need 15 gallons for the barrel I will need to brew twice. First brew day had a slow late start as I had to pick up the grain in the morning and Beer Wine Hobby does not open till 9:00. Let the HLT come up to temp while I went and picked up grain. The second brew day (the following weekend) I started early and let the water come up to temp while having breakfast. Grains went into the mash tun at 8:50.

First batch: Post boil SG was 1.09 against a target of 1.093. I put all the yeast in but did not add the maple syrup until fermentation stopped, which of course got the yeast active again. This is the first time I’ve ever had yeast overflow the blowoff tube. I suspect it was due to being so over pitched.

Second batch: Post boil SG was 1.09 against a target of #.##.

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Angels with a Dark Heart | Oak Aged Imperial Stout 13%

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Second time brewing this as I planned to enter it into the national home brew competition.  I did not have much time to get everything done, especially the aging, and I had to brew a double batch to fill a 25 gallon barrel.  I purchased a barrel from Nick and because I was short on time we simple added a few bottles of his syrup to the barrel and rolled it around for a few days (there was just not enough time to go through an aging of the syrup).

Grain Bill

28lbs 4.8ozs Pale 2-Row malt
2lbs 11.1ozs Flaked Wheat
2lbs 11.1ozs Flaked Oats
2lbs 8.9ozs Roasted Barley malt
1lb 4.5ozs Black Patent malt
1lb 4.5ozs Caramel/Crystal 60L malt
1lb 4.5ozs Chocolate malt
1lb 4.1ozs Corn Sugar
3.3ozs Magnum @60mins
10pkgs Safale English Ale yeast #S-04

Inspiration

My inspiration comes from one of the best beers I’ve ever had – Angels with a Filthy Soul from Bissell Brothers.  I’ve only ever had 3 cans of this beer as it is crazy hard to get.  Bissell Brothers age this beer in oak barrels they get from Nick at Cask Force who I know from Post Road Liquors.  And before aging the beer the barrel is used to age the Cask Force maple syrup.

Brew Notes

Up early that day so I could get a double batch brewed.  Everything went great on brew day and I was done before 5:00pm.

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