Recipe: O’Connor Darth Malt Imperial Red IPA

Courtesy of Kane Wille, head brewer at O’Connor Brewing in Norfolk, Virginia, this recipe for an imperial red IPA gets depth from layers of Proximity craft malts.

Kane Wille Jun 8, 2021 - 2 min read

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Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.074
FG: 1.014
IBUs: 84
ABV: 8.4%

10.2 lb (4.6 kg) Proximity Red
2.3 lb (1 kg) Proximity Red Wheat
1.1 lb (499 g) Proximity Mild
3 oz (85 g) BestMalz Acidulated
2.5 oz (71 g) Proximity Caramunich 60L
0.5 oz (14 g) Proximity Chocolate Wheat
2.5 oz (71 g) dark brown sugar

1.7 oz (48 g) Columbus at 30 minutes [47 IBUs]
3.7 oz (105 g) Zythos at whirlpool [37 IBUs]
3 oz (85 g) Cascade at dry hop
3 oz (85 g) Chinook at dry hop
1.5 oz (43 g) Cluster at dry hop

Fermentis SafAle US-05 American, or other Chico strain

Mill the grains and mash at 153°F (67°C) for 60 minutes. Lauter, sparge, and top up as necessary to get about 6.5 gallons (25 liters) of wort—or more, depending on your evaporation rate. Stir in the brown sugar and boil for 60 minutes, following the hops schedule. At flameout, stir 5 minutes to conduct a whirlpool, add whirlpool hops, and allow to rest for 20 minutes. Chill to 68°F (20°C), aerate well, and pitch plenty of healthy yeast. Ferment at 70°F (21°C). When the beer reaches terminal gravity, add dry hops. After 5 days, cold crash, package, and carbonate.