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  • Sierra Nevada Black Vapor

    This collaboration beer was brewed on Sierra Nevada's 10 BBL pilot brewery in Chico, CA for the 2011 Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco. This "steam" style hybrid beer was a nod to the rich brewing heritage at Anchor Brewing Co. though with a twist by darkening up this style with Midnight Wheat malt.

    Type: Lager

    Style: Dark Lager

    Batch Size: Commercial

    Recipe Type: All grain

    Recipe Contributed By: David Richter, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Scott Jennings R&D Brewmaster at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.


    Quantity Ingredient Comment Malt Style
    420 lbs Pilsen Malt Base
    50 lbs Caramel Malt 40L Caramel, Crystal
    25 lbs Bonlander® Munich Malt Kilned, Munich
    32 lbs Midnight Wheat Malt Bitterless Black
    1 lb US Magnum Hops Boil 90 minutes
    1.5 lbs Northern Brewer Hops Boil 60 minutes
    1.5 lbs Northern Brewer Hops Boil 15 minutes
    2 lbs Aurora 2# Experimental Hops End boil
    California Laber Yeast From Sierra yeast bank


    1. Mash at 154ºF for 45 minutes
    2. Sparge at 170º for 75 minutes, 90 minute collection time
    3. Knock out at 52ºF
    4. Ferment at 60ºF

    Primary Fermentation:

    Secondary Fermentation:

    Fermentation Notes:

    Original Gravity: 13.2 Plato

    Final Gravity: 3.5 Plato

    Alcohol by Weight:

    Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%

    IBU: 38

    Color: 54 SRM - Dark Ruby Brown