So now with my second batch, Black IPA, in the primary and about to go into secondary I am trying to think of my next brew. This time I want to make the recipe instead of just go on a premade recipe. I want to try to stick to extract with specialty grains for now since I don’t know the first thing about all grain. I am hoping to go by Funky Buddha some time to see an all grain brew done so I can grasp it in my head.
So here is what I need help on. I’m not really sure what types of grains and hops to really pick out and how much of them for the idea I have. I would like to make a chocolaty Belgian strong dark that is similar to The Bruery’s Two Turtle Doves and Terrapin’s The Dark Side. I am looking at you my home brewing friends for some assistance on what I should look at. Like if there is a really good and easy ingredient calculator out there to use please let me know. Or if you think I should use some specific items please let me know. The only thing I am pretty sure of doing is adding cocoa nibs to it probably in the secondary.
So here I am asking for help from my friends as the home brew newb. I appreciate everything in advance.