Find out more about the Black is Beautiful Brewing Collaboration by visiting the official site:  BlackisBeautiful.Beer

Lehigh Valley Homebrewers will be joining the Black is Beautiful brewing initiative aimed at raising awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily.  As homebrewers,  our craft creations may not have the audience size that commercial breweries have, but we can still make a contribution to our community which is not immune to this plight.   Additionally, it gives us an opportunity to stretch our homebrewing skills by brewing one of the more difficult styles, an Imperial Stout.   Our club will be sponsoring a brewing contest to support this initiative and raise money for the cause of racial injustice awareness.

Making a Difference

We will be selecting a charity in conjunction with the local breweries that are participating or based on club member recommendations.  Please read through the BlackisBeautiful official site and let a club officer know your suggestion.

The Contest


  1. Brew the official Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout Recipe.

  2. Purchase a Commercial Version of Black is Beautiful from one or more local participating breweries.

  3. Complete our custom judging sheet comparing your homebrew to the commercial version.  Engage one or more club judges to help complete the sheet.  

  4. Share your homebrew with friends and family, encouraging them to donate to our selected charity via our donation page <coming soon> or on their own.

All participating brewers will receive a prize for participating in appreciation from the club.  Additional prizes will be awarded based on the quality of the judging analysis comparing the commercial and homebrewed beers.  The total amount donated will be shared via this page.

The Recipe

Below is the recipe provided by Weathered Souls. 


Tip:  Adjust to fit your system's efficiency, recognizing that as you dial up the ABV, your system efficiency may be reduced.

Title: Weathered Souls Black is Beautiful

Brew Method: All Grain
Style Name: Oatmeal Stout
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 7 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.069
Efficiency: 72% (brew house)

Hop Utilization Multiplier: 1


Original Gravity: 1.081
Final Gravity: 1.016
ABV (standard): 8.5%
IBU (tinseth): 75.84
SRM (morey): 50
Mash pH: 5.47


10 lb - American - Pale 2-Row (58.8%)
2 lb - Flaked Oats (11.8%)
1 lb - Chocolate Malt (5.9%)
12 oz - Flaked Barley (4.4%)
12 oz - Caramel / Crystal 120L (4.4%)
12 oz - Roasted Barley (4.4%)
8 oz - Chocolate Rye (2.9%)
4 oz - Black Malt (1.5%)
1 lb - Corn Sugar - Dextrose (5.9%)


1 oz - CTZ, Type: Pellet, AA: 15.5, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 44.95
2 oz - Cascade, Type: Pellet, AA: 5.5, Use: Boil for 20 min, IBU: 19.32
2 oz - Cascade, Type: Pellet, AA: 5.5, Use: Boil for 10 min, IBU: 11.57


1) Strike, Temp: 154 F, Time: 60 min, Amount: 5 gal
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb


White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001
Starter: No
Form: Liquid
Attenuation (avg): 76.5%
Flocculation: Medium
Optimum Temp: 68 - 73 F
Pitch Rate: 0.35 (M cells / ml / deg P)

CO2 Level: 2.75 Volumes


Profile Name: London (Porter, dark ales)
Ca2: 100
Mg2: 5
Na: 35
Cl: 60
SO4: 50
HCO3: 265

Labels for Sharing Your Beer

We will be creating some LVHB branded versions of the official labels for labeling the beer you share.

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