Grouchy Old Witch

“Grouchy Old Witch” is a double or “imperial” IPA.  A grown up and nasty old version of our “Grouchen” IPA.

Big, bold, yet smooth, Grouchy Old Witch breaks several homebrewing rules, but the resulting beer is very delicious. With about 17 pounds of grain and about 5 ounces of delicious pacific northwest hops, this lady is smooth with a serious punch.

Spend any time in the homebrew world and you’ll eventually have someone tell you that there’s never a good reason to pitch a beer on top of an existing yeast cake.  Well, whoops – that’s exactly what we did with Grouchy Old Witch.  We tossed her right on top of the yeast cake that gave birth to the Grouchen IPA.  She’s a big lady so we think she can handle it.

Next, we decided to age part of the batch on toasted moonshine-soaked apple and oak wood we got from the Belmont Farms Distillery in Virginia, but instead of using wood in the secondary like any sane person would – we pitched wort directly on top of wood and added yeast in a second primary batch.

After a leisurely fermentation, we boiled our wood aged portion to insure death to any wood-borne nasties, added primary sugar and mixed the two batches together and bottled them.  The resulting beer is something I think is perfectly delicious.

Current Recipe

Recipe Stats:

  • OG: 1.084
  • FG: 1.010
  • ABV: 10%
  • IBU: 162.4 (I don’t believe this is accurate)
  • SRM: 10.4 (I also think this measurement is off)


  • 93.5% UK Marris Otter
  • 3.5% German Rye Malt
  • 2.9% US 120L Caramel Malt


  • US CTZ Hops
  • US Cascade Hops
  • US Citra Hops


  • Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast cake (left over from Grouchen IPA batch)
  • Partially aged on moonshine soaked toasted apple and oak wood chunks

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