The Dark Passenger Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) {Extract}.

Written by the hubs,

The Dark Passenger was made at the recommendation of the RootCellar. What we discovered about this particular batch is that it would also a beer that can sit in a root cellar for some time and get better with age. As with many very dark and robust beers their flavors tend to become more discerning and complex as they age. This beer was brewed with a good amount of Caraffa II and Chocolate malts. There was also some black patent malt that added to the extra dark color of this beer. The Cascadian Dark Ale is not a style of beer that has been around long. Some like to call it at Black IPA, but this beer style and the people who have championed its rise to fame hail from Cascadia. Also, the fact that this beer utilized some of our home grown citrusy NW Centennial & Cascade hops, lends even more credence to it receiving the moniker of CDA versus Black IPA.  Semantics aside it has been a good beer so far and continues to taste better with each bottle that we open. So far it has spent over a month in bottles and it continues to get better with age. Just like the RootCellar herself.

Hat tip to Peter Reed at Serious Eats-Homebrewing for the recipe.

Extract & Grains: 

7 lbs Pilsner Liquid Malt Extract

1 lb 4 oz Chocolate Malt

1 lb Caraffa II

12 oz Crystal 80L

12 oz Crystal 40L

2 oz Black Patent

Hop & Adjunct Schedule:

1 oz Centennial @ 60 min

1 oz Centennial @ 45 min

1 oz Cascade @ 30 min

.5 oz Cascade @ 15 min

.5 oz Cascade @ 5 min

1 oz Cascade dry hop addition for 7 days in secondary

Pitch Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast with wort at 70 to 68 degrees. Ferment for 14 days then move to secondary for 7 days with dry hops.

Drink it up…but don’t drink em’ all. Keep a few of for aging.


Filed under Beer, Dairy Free, Edible Plants, From the Garden, Vegetarian

2 responses to “The Dark Passenger Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) {Extract}.

  1. Between you and my mom I’ve been inspired to start my own home brew. Hoping I can get the hubs into it so he can help.

  2. I hope you can get the hubs on board too!! It is so nice to have beer in the house and not have to make sure you purchased it! I also like not having to throw away (recycle) the bottles. We use 22oz bottles and just use them over and over! Good luck, I am sure you will get him on board :)

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