How we made AB:06

How we made AB:06

AB06 Goes Live

We have just under 200 bottles left, you can pick one up here:

AB06 is a 11.5% Imperial Black IPA which has been triple dry hopped.  This beer is savage; boasting more bitterness and more hops than any BrewDog creation to date, combining loads of awesome malts and monumental amounts of our favourite hops. Here is how we made it.

Get an awesome Marris otter base


Add some hardcore dark & speciality malts, including our epic de-husked dark malts.


Ensure we have the correct mashing in temperature as we overload our poor mash tun. (check out how high tech we are!)


Use loads of these in the kettle


Bowman and James clearing the spent grain. It was a huge mash


And use loads of these after fermntation


Taste from a jug after dry-hopping. Then add even more dry hops.


Then bottle.


As always with Abstrakt, each bottle is individually numbered and very well suited to ageing. Drink one now and then age one for a couple of years and see how it develops. Cellar it up.

We have just under 200 bottles left, you can pick one up here:

*Just a quick note on the colour of the Abstrakt bottles in light of some comments from  Abstrakt bottles are extremely thick, dark green: Pale green and clear glass bottles are very damaging to lighter beers as they cause them to become light struck, skunky and hasten the ageing process. Pale Ales and Lagers are especially susceptible to this when packaged in light green or clear glass bottles.  Our Abstrakt bottles are also much thicker than our standard our standard brown bottles. In lab analysis from the manufacturer, the increased thickness makes them as light proof as our dark brown bottles which are thinner.

Abstrakts are beer which are designed to be cellared and aged. They are all extremely big, bold and robust beers such as 18% Red Ales, 15% Imperial Stouts and 11+% Black (as sin!) IIPAs. As the beers are so big and robust, they can easily handle pretty much any type of packaging. Mikkeller also uses the same bottle for his very big, very stable beers. One of the main aims of the Abstrakt series is to showcase the effect of ageing, so even if the dark green bottles had any effect (which the extra thickness ensures they don't), a slight hastening of ageing would not be detrimental.

We would never use anything other than brown bottles for our lighter and lower ABV beers such as 77 Lager, Punk IPA and Hardcore IPA. Clear & light green bottles are massively damaging to lagers (especially light lagers) and pale ales. The Abstrakt beers are big and robust enough to look after themselves in pretty much any type of packaging, so can more than handle any small step between dark brown and thick dark green. Industrial, adjunct lagers however, are not.

The protection a bottle gives to a beer is a product of both the glass colour and the thickness. Anyone who has held an Abstrakt bottle in their paws will appreciate just how thick the glass is!

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Karen 23.05.2011 @ 6:31pm
Cool! Nice pictures!
james, brewdog 22.05.2011 @ 2:40am
We advocate drinking it young and also ageing it to compare. The bars will all be ageing a few kegs.
Mike 21.05.2011 @ 10:58pm
We tried this in the Edinburgh Bar tonight. Its ok but Ab05 is much , much better, just loved the coconut flavoursWhy then is it served in a bar when you advocate aging in?Keep up the good work, its better to regret something you have done than something you haven't. :)
Tom - BrewDog London 21.05.2011 @ 9:31pm
Ron, Pellets are a total bastard to clean off the kettle if you add them to the boil, and they can clog up the filter when transfering into the fermenter. However they are perfect for dry hopping, infact i dont know of anyone who dry hops in the conditioning tank with whol hops. This is due to the fact that whole hops would float at the top of the beer and you wouldnt get the full aromatic potential from them. The pellets fall to the bottom and expand, we then blast them back up through the beer with some CO2 where they break up and disperse equally throughout the beer. then then fall down to the bottom over the course of a week or so, so we can draw them off and it wont clog up the filter, or fill the cask with sludge. Hope that clears it up!
Jock 21.05.2011 @ 7:35pm
I remember Tom Caddon at the IPA is Dead launch explaining the process that Ian has described in his comment.
tom 21.05.2011 @ 6:43pm
plus it's more sterile.
Fergus 21.05.2011 @ 1:38pm
@Ron MY unstanding is that since pellets contain proportionatly more of the lupullin grands and less plant metter this makes them really good for dry hopping. dry hopping with hop flowers can lead to vegetative flavours in the beer.
Ian Prise 21.05.2011 @ 9:01am
Ron. When I was at the Brewery a few weeks ago they said they dry hoppped with pellets to give the beer more contact with the hops. The flowers apparently just float on top and refuse to sink. I think they stir the pellets up with a blast of CO2 now and again to give even more contact time too.
Ron 21.05.2011 @ 7:07am
Surely you should use hop pellets in the kettle & dry hop with hop flowers? Not the other way round as shown here.