Dark Inception Imperial Porter - Archived
Dark Inception Imperial Porter is a thick-bodied, flavorful beer that features additions of raspberry, cacao, and vanilla, and is bursting with notes of toffee, caramel, coffee, chocolate, malt, liqueur, and fruit. It’s a perfect pairing with rich desserts or as a standalone finale for your evening.
WHAT YOU GET
1 Can Coopers Family Secret Amber Ale
1 Can Coopers Dark Malt
2 Packets of BrewMax LME Robust
2 Packets of BrewMax LME Golden
2 Packets of BrewMax LME Booster
2 Packets of Chocolate Malt
2 Packets of Crystal 40 Malt
1 Packet of Black Malt
2 Packets of Cacao Nibs
2 Packets of Cascade Hops
1 Packet US-05 yeast
5 hop sacks
3 Packets of No-Rinse Cleanser
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
4lbs frozen pureed red raspberries
Original Gravity: 1.080
Final Gravity: 1.015
SRM: (Color): 35
IBU: (Bitterness): 25
STEP 1: SANITIZING
Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:
1. Fill clean fermenter with 8 liters (2 Gallons) of warm water, then add 1 pack of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved.
2. Use your measuring cup to scoop the liquid up and run it down the side of the Coopers Fermenter. Do this around the entire fermenter a few times. Then add your krousen kollar and repeat. Then take some of the solution and pour it into the lid and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. (If you have a different fermenter sanitizing may be different.)
3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow the liquid to flow for 5 seconds, and then close.
4. Pour some of the solution from the fermenter into a large bowl. You need enough to fully cover your brewing utensils. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener, and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in the cleaning solution prior to use. Any remaining solution in your fermenter can be discarded.
5. After all, surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to the top of the fermenter, proceed immediately to brewing.
STEP 2: BREWING
Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.
1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened cans and LMEs in hot tap water.
2. Add all 5 packets of malts to 2-3 of the muslin hop sacks. Tie the sacks closed so that the grains can flow freely within the sacks.
3. Add 8 cups of water to your 1-gallon or larger pot. Next, add in your packets of Booster to the cool water and stir until dissolved. Bring the water to a temperature of 155-160 and hold the water at that temperature.
4. Once the temperature range is achieved, add in the grain sacks and allow them to steep holding the temperature range for 30 minutes.
5. While your grain is steeping, add the packets of cascade hops to another hopsack and tie closed so that the hops have room to expand within the sack. Set aside.
6. After the 30-minute grain steep has passed remove from heat, rinse the hop sack(s) in a colander with 1-2 cups of hot water, allowing the run-off to flow back into the pot. DO NOT SQUEEZE THE GRAIN SACK. Discard grain sack(s).
7. Return the pot to heat. Bring the grain water to a low rolling boil.
8. Once at a low rolling boil, add in the sack of Cascade hops that you prepared earlier, allow this to boil for 10 minutes.
9. Once the 10-minute hop boil has completed, remove the pot from the heat and add both cans of brewing extract and all the packets of LME, stir to combine. This unfermented mixture of beer is called “wort”.
10. Fill your fermenter with enough cold water to cover the spigot hole. Approximately 1-2 gallons of water.
11. Remove and discard the hop sack. Then pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to 19 liters by adding more cold water.
12. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.
13. Sprinkle the US-05 Dry Ale yeast packet into the fermenter, and place on the lid. Do not stir.
Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 75° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.
STEP 3: Adding Extras
Adding extras is the process of adding additional ingredients to a beer that will impart more flavor and aroma to your finished brew.
1. On day 7 of fermentation, use a sanitized blender to puree the raspberries. Next, with a sanitized spoon, open your fermenter and gently stir the wort in the fermenter to rouse the yeast, then add in the pureed raspberries, close the fermenter and allow the beer to ferment for another 7 days.
2. On day 14 of fermentation, turn your oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Spread 1 packet of cocoa nibs evenly across the baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes until aromas are released. Allow the nibs to cool, then add them along with the additional packet of “untoasted” nibs to a sanitized muslin sack, tie the sack closed and quickly add it to the fermenter with 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Allow fermenting for 7 more days.
STEP 4: BOTTLING & CARBONATING
After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.
1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill 3 1-gallon containers with warm water, then split the remaining pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser between them and mix until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.
2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solutions into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.
3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide.
4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.
5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.
6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation.
TIP FROM OUR BREWMASTERS
After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it.
This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer