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Recipe: Bluewood SB4 Imperial Stout

SB stands for “stout base.” With thanks to Bluewood Brewing owner-brewer Cam Lund, this is a homebrew-scale recipe for one of five base imperial stouts that they use for their blending stock.

Joe Stange Dec 31, 2022 - 3 min read

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This base recipe heavy on chocolate wheat; the intention is to barrel-age it then blend with other threads. Designed to incorporate some of the softer notes of chocolate as opposed to bitter baking chocolates, this recipe is intensely sweet and roasty, requiring extended conditioning.

Also see Brewing Ultra High-Gravity “Super Monsters,” the Bluewood Way for details about their chaptalization-like process to kick the ABV up to liqueur-like heights.


Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.150
FG: 1.050
IBUs: 50
ABV: 13.1%

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