Grant’s Imperial Stout Clone

Beer Style:stout, Russian Imperial stout, imperial stout, Grants Imperial stout,
Recipe Type:extract

This is an extract recipe (with specialty grains) that I made with a friend several years ago (we got the recipe somewhere, but I can’t remember where). The FG turned out a little high, but it tasted a lot like Grant’s. The major problem with this recipe was that the ingredients for five gallons cost more than a five-gallon keg of the original. Ammended Comments…Gravity Looks Off: I just copied the recipe from my 1989 brewers log without looking too closely. As several have pointed out, there seems to be way too much malt. Funny thing, that’s the way I remember brewing it, because it was so expensive. Obviously, my gravity figures were off. It would have a much higher OG than 1.075.

Of course, I could have been drinking too much home brew and imagined the entire thing. But I didn’t intend the post as a joke. Anyway, for your own peace of mind, try a lighter version and use one can of Edme and Alexanders instead of two.

  • Two 3.3 lb cans Edme SFX dark unhopped extract
  • Two 4 lb cans Alexanders unhopped extract
  • 3 lbs M&F dark dry extract
  • 1 lb clover honey
  • 1/2 lb chocolate malt
  • 1/2 lb roasted barley
  • 5 oz cascade hops (in boil for 60 minutes)
  • 1 oz bullion hops (dry hopped for 3-4 days)
  • Wyeast 1084 Irish ale yeast
OG: 1.075 FG: 1.034

Crush the specialty grains and do a partial mash. (We added them to two gallons of cold water, heated just to boiling, and strained.) Add the rest of the water, the extract, honey, and cascade hops and boil for 60 minutes. Cool and pitch yeast. After primary fermentation, rack to secondary and dry hop with the bullion hops.


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