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Stone Soup IDA

Brewed: 02/16/2020   Kegged: 02/29/2020

I was showing Con-Man the picture of him dressed up for Aunt Boo's wedding.  He asked me if I would put it on a beer label, and I said "sure".  Connor really likes the book "Stone Soup", and I've actually thought before that "Stone Soup" seems like a decent name for a beer.  I decided that "his" beer should be called Stone Soup.

Since Connor doesn't drink alcohol, creating something that would appeal to his tastes was not an issue.  If you do not know the story (everyone knows the story ... don't they?), Stone Soup starts up as a real simple recipe (3 stones and water).  As villagers get excited, more and more people donate ingredients until it is a rich, complex, yummy meal for the whole town.


So, I figure Stone Soup would be a complex recipe with lots of different hops.  Actually, if I had come up with the idea sooner, I probably would have given Tweedle Beetle Stout the name "Stone Soup", since I have declared that that beer is meant to use up partial packages of hops stored in my freezer.  But, there is nothing saying I cannot have another  beer recipe that does the same thing.  Since Tweedle Beetle Stout is an Imperial stout, it seemed appropriate to make Stone Soup and imperial ale as well.  I had recently listed to Jamil's Can You Brew It on Nogne 100 which Jamil had sort of a hard time describing the style.  He ended up saying is was basically an "Imperial Red", which is not an official style, but was what Jamil thought would be appropriate for it.  Basically, the Nogne 100 brewer on the show told Jamil that it was an IPA with black patent added just to darken it up.  Since everyone on the show seemed to love the beer, I knew I would have to try the same technique sometime.  Stone Soup seemed to be a perfect opportunity.  IDA stands for Indian Dark Ale.  I was going to follow Jamil's lead and call it Imperial Red Ale, but didn't want the initials to be IRA.

When Tyler saw Connor's wedding picture on a label, Tyler wanted his too.  The boys picked the background and made up the quote on the label themselves.  

The second batch of Stone Soup replaced the light LME with 2-row.  I did keep the wheat LME in it.  I also used more dark malts to bring the color up a bit. 

Stone soup's intense dry-hop flavor tastes to me like an IPA with a little extra something special that the chocolate and black malts bring through.  It is one of those beers in which you cannot taste the alcohol, but which you can feel after the first glass.  Wonderful beer.

I have discussed this beer a few times on my blog.  Follow this link to see those posts.

Stone Soup IDA --- Batch 3 (248)

Style American India Dark Ale Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type Partial Mash Boil Size   8.23 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.066 SG Estimated FG 1.016 SG
Recipe Bitterness 68.3 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.7 %
BU : GU   1.031        
Recipe Color 30.6 SRM
Measured OG:   1.066    Measured FG:    1.015
ADF:    77   Measured ABV:    6.8


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
11 lbs 12.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 77.0 % 0.92 gal
2 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 2 13.1 % 0.16 gal
8.0 oz Blackprinz (500.0 SRM) Grain 3 3.3 % 0.04 gal
8.0 oz Midnight Wheat Malt (550.0 SRM) Grain 4 3.3 % 0.04 gal
0.500 oz Columbus [18.00 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 5 35.0 IBUs -
4.0 oz Brown Sugar, Light [Boil] (8.0 SRM) Sugar 6 1.6 % 0.02 gal
4.0 oz Sugar, Table (Sucrose) [Boil] (1.0 SRM) Sugar 7 1.6 % 0.02 gal
0.52 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 9 8.5 IBUs -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 10 - -
1.000 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 4.9 IBUs -
1.000 oz Citra [13.10 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 12 7.7 IBUs -
1.000 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 13 10.6 IBUs -
0.500 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 14 1.6 IBUs -
1.00 tsp Cinnamon (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 15 - -
1.0 pkg SafeAle American Ale (Fermentis #US-05) [25.00 ml] Yeast 16 - -
2.000 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Dry Hop 4.0 Days Hop 17 0.0 IBUs -
1.500 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Dry Hop 4.0 Days Hop 18 0.0 IBUs -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 18.44 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.28gal, 4.12gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Mash as instructed. Add all other sugars for 60 minute boil, making additions as instructed.
Start fermentation in at close to 60 for 24 hours. Then, let it naturally rise for 3 days. Stop cooling on day 4. Add dry hopping one week into fermentation. Use hop sacks .5oz per sack. Leave in for 7 days.
Force carbonate in a keg to desired psi.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.055 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.23 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
02/12/2020 esheppy
Bought ingredients. Looking forward to brewing on Sunday.
02/16/2020 esheppy
Brew day today. Finished before 10:30. Everything went well. Have 6 gallons in the Anvil. OG 1.066. Tilt says 1.071 and 60 degrees.
02/18/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.048 at 66F. Really bubbling hard.
02/19/2020 esheppy
Tilt 1.030. 69F.
02/22/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.017 and 66.
02/23/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.014 65 degrees. Added .5 oz cascade and 1 oz centennial dry hops.
02/29/2020 esheppy
Kegged today. Calling the OG 1.015. This gives me a 6.8%ABV beer. Added 1oz Centennial and 1 ounce cascade in the keg. Sample was yummy. I think maybe the tea balls were too full to get the whole dry hop effect from them. i think I should try to keep those at .5oz at the most in the future. Beer is in the beer fridge chilling.
03/01/2020 esheppy
Chilled, but not carbed yet. Giving a 30psi shot every so often. Tried a pint. Great hop aroma. Tastes like a nice Black IPA. Delicious. 😋
03/06/2020 esheppy
Delicious. Still needs some more carbonation, but so yummy. 😋
03/16/2020 esheppy
Been driking quite a bit. I really like the hop character. Perfect right now.
03/21/2020 esheppy
Brought to Doc's for a brew day. Not much of this is left.
03/27/2020 esheppy
Had to unclog after coming home from Doc's. Just did that. Such a good beer. But, as I mentioned, not much left.
04/05/2020 esheppy
Really delicious. Best black IPA in the world. Not much left.
04/10/2020 esheppy
Still perfect hop flavor. Such a great black IPA. Killed the keg.
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