What Is It?
We have created a monster! This powerful Imperial Russian Stout is a luxurious, dark stout which is steeped in history and heritage. The style was originally designed to withstand temperatures of the Baltic so the beer could be exported to the Court of Catherine the Great in Russia, who had become quite taken by strong London stouts. This deliciously malty-rich 9.1% ABV beer is made with chocolate, roasted barley and black malts, matched with Challenger and Goldings hops. You will also need to add Brewing Sugar (not supplied) to make to 9.1% ABV.
This partial mash kit makes 40 pints of the highest quality beer. It is a step-up from standard kits, but simpler to make than an all grain full mash beer. To make this kit you will need standard brewing equipment plus a large saucepan (ideally holding at least 15 litres). To brew the kit simply steep the grains in water at 66C and then boil the hops in the saucepan. The hops are added at various stages throughout the boiling process. Hops added at the start of the boil give the beer the bitterness and those added at later stages will give the beer a delightful aroma.
Each Dark Rock kit is carefully researched and developed by commercial brewers with extensive knowledge and a passion for craft beers and real ales. Dark Rock Kits enable you to produce commercial quality beers, all within the comfort of your own home. Malts and hops are added at controlled stages of the brewing process to provide rich aromas and depths of flavour which are simply not possible from standard hopped malt extract kits.
What Makes The Dark Rock Partial Mash Range Special?
Most economy beer kits are supplied with 1.5kg of malt, or up to 1.8kg for standard kits. Many brewers now prefer to pay a little extra for boxed premium kits, which tend to include 3kg malt. The higher the malt content, the better the body and taste will be. You really do get what you pay for in this respect. Dark Rock Partial Mash kits contain a whopping 3.5kg of malt extract and that is without counting the malt grains! This puts them ahead of the pack in terms of malt content and gives the beer a massive quality advantage. Couple that with a really generous quantity of the freshest and best quality hops, and you have a beer which is pretty much impossible to beat without heading into all grain mashing territory. Even the most avid all grain aficionados supplement their stocks with Dark Rock Partial Mash beers. The reason they give is that the quality is right up there and the brewing time and complexities are greatly reduced.
This range is quirky and experimental. It mirrors the current commercial craft beer trend for creating off the wall styles and flavours that do not conform to traditional standards. The range includes special limited editions in order to keep things lively and interesting. All kits have been thoroughly researched and pilot tested by selected customer prior to being launched. Expect some explosive strengths, small batch quantities, and wacky flavour editions that shouldn't work, but do! Have fun with the Bohemian range and release the "Hipster" in you!
Allergy Advice: May include barley and other cereals, containing gluten
- Makes: 32 pints / 18 litres
- ABV Approx: 9.1%
- Target Finishing Gravity: 1.017 (approx)
- Fermentation time: 10-14 days approx
- Conditioning time: 6 weeks minimum (it will mature further if left longer)
What Equipment Do You Need?
Basic beer making equipment (5g fermenter, airlock, syphon tube with sediment trap, hydrometer, Suresan sanitiser, bottles or barrel). These are available under the starter kit section on this website. You will also need a stainless steel pan (15 litres minimum capacity), and a thermometer
A sachet of Pure Brew is included with this kit in order to achieve a commercial quality. Pure Brew is a professional beer enhancer. It feeds the yeast with essential nutrients, which supercharge the fermentation and support yeast development (even in limited oxygen conditions). Pure Brew also treats brewing water to eliminate problems caused by Chlorine and Chloramine (which can create a medicinal or as it is sometimes referred to, a "homebrew" taste) The condition of brewing water is critical to achieving optimum results but this important area is often overlooked. By using Pure Brew, you can effectively and easily condition brewing water, and maximise effective fermentation. We strongly recommend using Pure Brew with all of your beers to improve their quality.
The addition of beer finings will improve the final quality of your beers. Starbrite finings are included with this kit. They will help your beer to clear quickly and the sediment will be more likely to stay at the bottom of bottles or barrels. If you are using Corny Kegs then it is important to clear the beer as much as possible before kegging. Beer Finings will promote a faster and more efficient fall out of sediment and haze particles prior to kegging. Harris Starbrite is a highly effective vegan-friendly beer fining, which is rapidly becoming a firm favourite with home brewers. It is suitable for all beers.
A muslin grain bag is included with this kit. You could consider investing in a metal hop spider to upgrade your equipment. The hop spider would sit inside your boiling pan and allow you to drop hops into the pan in a controlled way. Hop Spiders allow hops to boil with more free flow space around them. They are easily cleaned and can be re-used over and over again.