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Blackhawk Black Ale

Brewed: 05/04/2014   Bottled: 05/22/2014 blackhawk.jpgNew Belgium Brewery makes a great beer called 1554 Enlightened Black Ale, and I had seen quite a few posts of people who were going to make a clone of the beer.  This idea appealed to me and I decided to make my own black ale.  I already had my Phat & Tyred Ale recipe, which has started out as a Fat Tire clone, and I decided that instead of copying one of the existing recipes I would use the same grain bill and yeast, but simply darken it up with chocolate and black patent malt.  For hops, I decided to use columbus because I had used it a few times and really enjoyed the aroma.  The resulting beer turned out just fantastic.  There is something about 1554 that is not quite there in my beer, but I still considered Blackhawk Black one of my best.

Batch #2 was slightly different.  I cut down on the chocolate malt and instead of 4 oz Crystal 75, I used 6 oz Crystal 120.  This should give the beer a little more fruity raisin taste which may bring it closer to the 1554.  I also replaced my flavor hop of columbus with saaz to give the hop flavor a less citrusy character.  The bittering still comes mostly from columbus.

Batch #3 was an all-grain recipe.  Because of the fact that my all-grain batches have been so much lighter in color, I decided to add more dark malts to make sure it was back to a black.  I also went back to using columbus in the hop flavor. It turned out wonderful and helped the Hawk's win the 2013 Stanley Cup.

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BlackHawk Black Ale --- Batch 4

Belgian Specialty Ale
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.060 SG
Estimated FG
1.014 SG
Recipe Bitterness
30.3 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
6.0 %
BU : GU   0.505        
Recipe Color
32.0 SRM
Measured OG:    1.060   Measured FG:    1.014
ADF:    77   Measured ABV:    6.1


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 76.8 %
1 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 2 8.1 %
10.0 oz Blackprinz (500.0 SRM) Grain 3 5.1 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 4 4.0 %
8.0 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 5 4.0 %
4.0 oz Midnight Wheat Malt (550.0 SRM) Grain 6 2.0 %
0.250 oz Columbus [16.30 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 7 17.5 IBUs
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 -
0.750 oz Columbus [16.30 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 9 12.7 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 10 -
1.0 pkg American Ale II (Wyeast Labs #1272) [124.21 ml] Yeast 11 -
8.00 oz Raisons (Secondary 7.0 days) Spice 12 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 15.47 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.50gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water
Recipe Notes

I call this a Belgium Specialty Ale since it started out in the honor of 1554, but not sure that is what it is.
Make 1 liter starter
Pitch as close to 60 degrees as possible
Ferment 1 week under 65F followed by 1 week letting the temperature rise to where it wants to go.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:
Pre-boil OG   1.050 (1.049 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   7.5 (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp   62
Day 1: Kraussen by morning 62
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