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Recipe: Private Press Base Imperial Stout

At his Private Press blendery in Santa Cruz, California, Brad Clark specializes in barrel-aging high-gravity stouts and barleywines. Here is a homebrew-scale recipe for a big-bodied Private Press imperial stout meant for barrel-aging and blending.

Brad Clark Jan 11, 2021 - 3 min read

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“All of Private Press’s releases are blended expressions,” says Brad Clark. “I have high-FG beers and lower ones, all in different barrels and of varying ages. I use these ‘threads’ to build the desired mouthfeel and body in all my imperial stouts and barleywines.”

These include one of the blendery’s first releases, Rings of Splendor, pictured above—a blend of three stouts aged in Basil Hayden, Blantons, Heaven Hill, and Woodfoord Double Oak barrels.


Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.140
FG: 1.068
IBUs: 59
ABV: 10%

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