Festivus Feats of Strength

A big, chewy, dessert of a Russian Imperial Stout infused with chocolate and vanilla with just enough chile pepper to prevent it from being cloying.

Recipe Author: 

Oleg Shpyrko

Beer Style: 

Russian Imperial Stout

Batch Size: 

10.00 gallons

Boil Time: 

90 minutes

Original Gravity: 

1.085

FInal Gravity: 

1.015

IBUs: 

52.00

SRM: 

41.00

ABV: 

9.30% ABV

Malt/Grain/Sugar/Extract: 

12lb Maris Otter (36.9%)
10lb US-2row (30.8%)
2lb Crystal 60L (6.2%)
2lb Roasted Barley (6.2%)
2 lb Munich 10L (6.2%)
1.5 lb Flaked Barley (4.6%)
1.5 Brittish Chocolate Malt (4.6%)
1.5 lb Flaked Oates (4.6%)

Mashing Instructions: 

Mash at 155F for 60min.

Hops: 

4oz Northern Brewer (6.8% AA) @60min, 41 IBU
4oz EKG (5.0% AA) @10min, 11 IBU

Extra Ingredients: 

After 6 days of fermentation add:

  • 5oz cocoa nibs
  • Extract of 40g of pasilla peppers (5 papilla pepper beans, sliced open and cut into 1/2 inch slices, extracted in vodka for 5 days)
  • Extract of 17g of vanilla bean (indonesian bourbon planifolia - sliced open and cut into 1/2 inch slices, extracted in vodka for 5 days)

At kegging add:

  • 0.75 lb of espresso beans
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder

Yeast: 

WLP002, English Ale

Special Instructions / Notes: 

Water Notes:

15G RO Water, with 3g Gypsum, 5g CaCl2, 5g Baking Soda.

Water profile: Ca: 36, Na: 24, SO4: 30, Cl: 43, HCO3: 63.

Fermentation Notes:

Fermented at 64F for 6 days, raised to 72F for 3 days.

Age for 2-3 months