Here’s the recipe for what would later be scaled up to become Dark Star, which would then become Rusty Nail, from Fremont Brewing in Seattle, Washington.
Fremont Brewing 28 days ago
Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
IBUs: “Not much at all”
8 lb 6 oz (3798 g)2-row malt
1 lb 2 oz (510 g) oats
1 lb 6 oz (623 g) Crystal malt
13 oz (368 g) roasted barley
1 lb 2 oz (510 g) Chocolate malt
4 oz (113 g) Carafa II
HOPS AND ADDITIONS SCHEDULE
1 oz (28 g) Horizon at 60 minutes
1/3 stick brewer’s licorice at 15 minutes
1 oz (28 g) Cascade at 10 minutes
2 sticks cinnamon at the beginning of fermentation
Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale
Mash at 154°F (68°C). Boil for 60 minutes with a good, rolling boil, following the hops and additions schedule. After the boil, chill the wort to slightly below fermentation temperature, about 60°F (16°C). Oxygenate the wort very well and pitch the yeast. Ferment between 65°F (18°C) and 75°F (24°C) for 30 days, adding cinnamon at the start and tasting every 12, 24, 36 hours until you reach the desired level of taste, remembering that the flavors will meld over time.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
Don’t sweat the cinnamon too much. During fermentation with the cinnamon, remember it will fade over time, so it’s best to start out with both the cinnamon and licorice a bit larger in the presentation than you may want. Time is the key to this beer coming together.
Special Ingredient: Brewers Licorice
It’s bold, and if you use too much of it, you’ll get burned. Brewer’s licorice is a potent ingredient that adds that well-known spice kick to a beer without having to use star anise or fennel.