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Palmetto Winter Solistice – an Imperial Stout

Brewing my first beer in five years is a solid sign that we’re really settling in to our new home here in South Carolina!

My fifteenth homebrew over all, I decided once again to try my hand at a “big” beer. Previous attempts, even odd attempts, still produce “normal” ABV. So this time, I based my recipe off one in Extreme Brewing.

I must say, I love living in Greenville. We have lots of great homebrewing resources. It having been five years, I needed to replace some supplies. I was even able to add kegging equipment for the first time ever in my brewing. The folks at Upstate Craft Beer Company and Thomas Creek were amazing. I also got helpful advice and supplies at The Southern Growl and Grapes & Grain.

I used the Imperial Stout recipe from Avery Brewing but had to make changes given the reality of local supplies. Like all the previous brews, this was a partial mash. Here’s the recipe I used.

Palmetto Winter Solistice Imperial Stout – a partial mash


5 gallons of water and 2 grain bags


  • 6 oz Cara 10 malt
  • 5 oz Black malt
  • 5 oz Chocolate malt
  • 5 oz Dehusked Carafa III
  • 12 oz Honey malt
  • 12 oz Cara 60 malt


12 lbs of extract

  • 2 x 3.3 lbs can CBW Traditional Dark
  • 2 x 1 lb Dry Briess Dark Traditional
  • 2 x 1 lb Dry Briess Sparkling Amber


  • 3/4 lb Turbinado crystals (60 min)
  • 1/2 oz Magnum Hops (60 min)
  • 1/2 oz Magnum Hops (30 min)
  • 1.5 oz Sterling Hops (end of boil)


Wyeast 1056
One week later I added another Wyeast 1056.

OG: 1.100

FG: 1.029

ABV 9.3%

Very pleased

I’m quite pleased. Not only did I learn about brewing big beers, but I learned about kegging! This was such a good experience – and such a great beer – I’m already making plans for my next beer. 🙂

Marc A. Pitman

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