Vlad the Impale Ale

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PROFILE:

In honor of Bram Stoker: deep and dark, roasty and bitter like a stake through the heart. A deep veil of dark coffee malt cloaking the luscious hop bitterness that engulfs your palate, the remnants running languidly down your throat and you realize your soul has been forever changed. The thirst for more of this dark, biting Brown Ale is all you desire.

FOR FANS OF:

Indian Brown Ale - Dogfish Head
Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale - Sierra Nevada

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can Bewitched Amber Ale Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 BrewMax LME Softpack - Robust
  • 1 Packet Glacier Hop Pellets (1/2 oz.)
  • 1 Packet Crystal Hop Pellets (1/2 oz.)
  • 1 Muslin Hop Sack
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.059 (approx.) -- FG: 1.015(approx.)
  • Flavor: Balanced
  • ABV (alc/vol): 5.9%
  • SRM (Color): 33
  • IBU (Bitterness): 30
  • BJCP Style: 19. Amber and Brown American Beer - 19C. American Brown Ale

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 2 - 4 Weeks = 2 - 3 Months

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Vlad the ImPale Ale Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can Bewitched Amber Ale Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 BrewMax LME Softpack - Robust
  • 1 Packet Glacier Hop Pellets (1/2 oz.)
  • 1 Packet Crystal Hop Pellets (1/2 oz.)
  • 1 Muslin Hop Sack
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.059 (approx.) -- FG: 1.015(approx.)
  • Flavor: Balanced
  • ABV (alc/vol): 5.9%
  • SRM (Color): 33
  • IBU (Bitterness): 30
  • BJCP Style: 19. Amber and Brown American Beer - 19C. American Brown Ale

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 2 - 4 Weeks = 2 - 3 Months

 

STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk).

NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER.

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 can in hot tap water.
    2. Place contents of both the pellet hops packets into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material.
    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, bring water to a boil, add in hop sack, then remove from heat.
    4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the LME, and pour the contents into the hot mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
    5. Fill keg with cold tap water to the #1 mark on the back.
    6. Pour the wort, including the hop sack, into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the #2 mark by adding more cold water. You'll leave the hop sack in the wort for the duration of fermentation. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk. 
    7. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
    8. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 65° and 75° F (18.3°-23.8° C) and out of direct sunlight. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.
    9. You’ll ferment for 21 days total. Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks. After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process.

    Step 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

    Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions by visiting our help desk).

Flavor Profile

balanced-recipesFlavor Profile
Alcohol by volume: 5.9%
SRM (color): 33
IBU (Bitterness): 30
Vlad the Impale Ale is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth Taste This beer turned out great! It has a very smooth taste and the hops didn't overwhelm the flavor. I got the most enjoyment by drinking this beer slowly. I can't wait to share it with my friends.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Recipe...with a couple of minor tweaks... So I picked up a few kits/recipes when Mr. Beer had a sale. I figured I'd start with this one... A couple of minor tweaks- I did a full wort boil, chilled and used a Mr. Beer cider fermenter in a cooler. After a week, I added a cup of honey...for no other reason then I was going through the pantry and found a bunch and figured 'why not?' keep in mind when you add more fermentables it tends to drop the hoppy flavor down a hair and there was a ever so slightly honey after taste/finish. It also darkened it down a hue I think. I let it ferment for almost a month (it was a few days short, but it was the weekend and I had time to bottle it...the original plan was a month. Using priming sugar and a bottling bucket, I got around a case of bottles including that one always partial bottle which ends up as a tester to see if carbonation is happening after a week. After only a week and a half, we chilled and cracked it open (and then a subsequent one) and it's pretty darn good. I would comment that it will only improve with age, but definitely drinkable and quite pleasant now. I'm sure it will be excellent after a few weeks of conditioning. I personally wouldn't classify this as an IPA...there's hops for sure, but not strong/bitter enough to call an IPA...maybe an english brown ale, but then again, I'm no expert...just some dude having fun with making beer.... :)
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not done yet I crack one after 3 weeks in the bottle with at least 3-4 weeks to go but i couldn't wait to try. Dark enough to be a porter due to the red hue. Doesn't taste like an ipa but time will tell. This is the color of the photo a prior reviewer showed. I will be posting another review when the conditioning is done just after Christmas
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from IPA? Not really... After 4 weeks of conditioning the hops (and hopes) are gone from this one. Not bad, but certainly not good either. A better name than a beer
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... We had high hopes for this “IPA”, but the flavor just isn’t there.
Date published: 2018-01-28
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