Black Frost (An Epic CDA)

Friday, November 5th, 2010

This is one that I have wanted to brew for a while.

Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) is a jet black, highly hopped beer style. They are  often referred to as “Black IPA”, but do have subtle malt characteristics. Though, this is all up for debate, since neither CDA or Black IPA is an official BJCP style.

This particular recipe is based based on two of my favorite beers: Hopworks Secession Black IPA (malt) and Epic Pale Ale (hops):


This is for 6gal

  • 13# 2row
  • 1.5# Caramel 60
  • .25# Chocolate
  • .25# Black Patent
  • .25# Roast Barley

The chocolate was mixed with the light malt. However, the patent and roast were finely ground (think flour) and added to the top of the mash 30minutes in. This should reduce some of the flavor but give  maximum color. Seemed to work very well. Mash at 150F

Lots and lots of hops

90 minute boil

  • 0.25 oz Cascade 7.5%AA at 75m
  • 0.50 oz Cascade at 30m
  • 1.25 oz Cascade at 10m
  • 1.50 oz Cascade at 0m
  • Wait ten minutes
  • 1.50oz Cascade – hot whirlpool for 10 more minutes
  • 2 oz Cascade dry hop dose 1 at ferment temps for 5 days
  • 2 oz Cascade dry hop dose 2 at cold crash temps for 5 days

Wyeast 1272 American Ale II – Cool to 64 F and pitch, let it rise to 70 F.

OG – 1.054. Should give Alc/Vol – 5.4%
IBU – 45 (don’t listen to the calculators!)

2 Responses to “Black Frost (An Epic CDA)”

  1. nagmay Says:

    By the way, this turned out great. Only 3 bottles left!

  2. gabriel nagmay (dot com) | Archive » Black Frost (An Epic CDA): Re-brew Says:

    […] trying to catch up after not brewing for almost a year! The first time I made this, the recipe was a complete experiment – but it turned out so well that a re-brew was in […]

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