So I am finally getting ready to do it. The Cascadian will be brewed on Sunday. Looking at the hops I have for this, all I can say is this is going to be a monster. I have Warrior at 16.7% aa, Northern Brewer at 8.6% aa, Cascade at 6.4% aa, and Amarillo at 9.3%aa. Using Warrior as the base I am still debating how the rest will come into play. I believe that after tasting the Cobain from the Walldorff in Hastings, I like the idea of the Amarillo for the aroma hops.
I will be doing the starter for the yeast in just a little bit. Pretty standard operation for me really. I am going to be repitching the yeast from a previous batch of beer. But I want it to be ready to go and healthy for the new batch so I will use 150 grams of malt extract to 1.5 liters of water plus some energizer and nutrients. This is slightly bigger than what I might set up for a standard beer, but my plans are to make this a pretty big beer. I am shooting for around 8 or 9% alcohol in the finish. Need a fairly large amount of yeast to ensure it makes it through to the end.
I will be using some new tricks and some old tricks in the build out on this beer. The newest trick will be a cold steep. Tomorrow I will cold steep the dark grains so that I can get color without so much flavor. During the brew I plan to add the steep water directly to the kettle so it will not go through the mash tun at all.
I also will be making some candi sugar, like I have in the past for other IPAs. Depending on how dark I make the sugar it can add some interesting complexity to the finished beer.
Time for a pint…