Full Video: Brewing Black Is Beautiful Imperial Stout with Weathered Souls

Marcus Baskerville, cofounder and head brewer of Weathered Souls in San Antonio, lays out his top-to-bottom approach to brewing big but balanced imperial stouts—including the history-making Black Is Beautiful.

Marcus Baskerville Apr 28, 2021

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The Black Is Beautiful initiative has made a difference. In 2020, more than 1,200 breweries in all 50 states and 22 countries participated in the open-source collaboration to raise funds and awareness for diversity and racial justice—a cooperative effort without any known precedent. However, even before that project took on a life of its own, Weathered Souls cofounder and head brewer Baskerville already had a strong reputation among fellow brewers and Texas drinkers for his characterful imperial stouts and other beers.

In this 68-minute video course—which we at Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® have made freely available to all—Baskerville breaks down his approach to brewing Black Is Beautiful and other imperial stouts, including:

  • Designing imperial stouts with balance in mind
  • Constructing a grain bill for complexity and body
  • Tips on mashing in, lautering, and sparging heavy stout mashes
  • Kettle caramelization, long boils, and hop additions
  • Managing high-gravity fermentations with oxygen, yeast, and nutrients
  • Choosing your flavor adjuncts, and how and when to add them
  • Barrel-aging imperial stouts

And much more, including recipes from Baskerville himself.

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