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Tweedle Beetle Imperial Stout

Brewed: 01/02/2010   Kegged: 01/28/2010

My troubles with Tweedle Beetles have been well documented.  They are mean, evil, bitter, dark hearted creatures with quite a bite.  When I think of what kind of beer would be a good representation of tweedle beetles, I think Imperial Stout.  High alcohol.  Very black.  High in bitterness.  Originally from Russia (Russian mob ... Summit County mob ... need I say more?)

This recipe started as a BYO recipe for CZar's revenge, an imperial stout.  Of course, it has been scaled down to my batch size and preferences.  The original recipe was a way to get rid of several partially used packs of hops that had been accumulating in my freezer.  I expect every time I brew it, it will be different based on what leftover hops I have sitting in there at that time.

This beer is (if I do say so myself) simply amazing.  It is Tweedleicious to the max.  The roasty / chocolately / coffee like flavor is perfectly balanced by the various hops.  There is not a hint of hot alcohol taste.  At over 8%, you sure feel it quickly, though.  Don't drink and drive with this one, kids.  The thick beautiful head sticks around for the whole drink.  Simply amazing work by the SheppyBrew nano-brewery!

Batch 1 was extract and Batch 2 was all-grain.

This beer ages well. I had bottles from batch 1 almost 3 years after I bottled it and they seemed to get better and better.

Tweedle Beetle Imperial Stout --- Batch 2

Imperial Stout
Batch Size
4.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
6.72 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
Boil Time
90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.086 SG
Estimated FG
1.020 SG
Recipe Bitterness
86.9 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
8.9 %

Recipe Color
39.9 SRM

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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
12 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 75.6 %
1 lbs 12.0 oz Munich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 2 11.0 %
1 lbs Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 3 6.3 %
10.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 4 3.9 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 5 3.1 %
1.000 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 72.4 IBUs
2.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 7 -
1.000 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 14.5 IBUs
1.0 pkg American Ale II (Wyeast Labs #1272) [124.21 ml] Yeast 9 -
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 10 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 19.84 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (0.30gal, 3.36gal) of 168.0 F water Recipe Notes

Brewing Record

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Pre-boil OG
(1.068 SG)
Pre-boil Vol
(6.72 gal)
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04/26/2019 esheppy
Had my last bottle. Not bad at all for a 10 year old beer.
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