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  • Tactical IPA

    (Makes 15 gallons) In the gun community there is a saying, paint it black and call it tactical. My hunting buddies are all brewers and we enjoy our time in the woods whether or not we harvest game. A big part of that camaraderie is the time we spend after the guns are put away and we sit around to enjoy our fellowship over a few beers. Tactical Black IPA was made with those times in mind. Richly flavored, full-bodied, black but American-style hoppy, not imported-style roasty, warming for cool fall and winter evenings when the sun sets, the shooting hours cease, and story telling brings laughter in the otherwise quiet black woods. We are after all, Americans.

    Type: Ale

    Style: India Pale Ale

    Batch Size: 5 gallons

    Recipe Type: All grain

    Recipe Contributed By: Rex Halfpenny, Editor, Michigan Beer Guide


    Quantity Ingredient Comment Malt Style
    34 lbs Pale Ale Malt Base
    4 lbs Bonlander® Munich Malt Kilned, Munich
    2 lbs Wheat Malt, Red Wheat
    2 lbs Caramel Malt 80L Caramel, Crystal
    2.5 lbs Blackprinz® Malt Mash temperature 156-158ºF Bitterless Black
    2 oz Columbus Hops (15%) Boil 60 minutes
    1.5 oz Centennial Hops (10.5%) Boil 45 minutes
    1.5 oz Centennial Hops Boil 30 minutes
    1.5 oz Cascade Hops (6.5%) Boil 15 minutes
    2 oz Cascade Hops Whirlpool or hop at knockout
    1 pkg Wyeast American Ale II #1272 Pitch at 70ºF


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    Original Gravity: 19-20º Plato

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