Tart of Darkness® - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

Tart of Darkness® - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

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Provided to us, to provide to you, The Bruery (Orange County, CA) has added the newest recipe to the Brewmaster Series of ingredient kits!

Background: MoreBeer! has a small beer fridge in our Concord, CA location. We try to order different beers every week, to allow our customers something new to try while they're in the shop browsing or purchasing equipment and ingredients for their next brew. We recently received "Tart of Darkness" from The Bruery. Nobody here had tried it before, so we opened a bottle to split amongst numerous employees. Within a few sips, the two cases we received had been completely purchased by employees - sorry Concord customers! We instantly got in contact with The Bruery, and being from a homebrewing background, they agreed to work with us on the recipe!

Their Tart of Darkness sour stout is the perfect blend of roasty, sweet, tart, and smooth. From the second it hits your palate, to the satisfying "ahhhh" after taking a sip, this is a beer that will leave you wanting another every time! A great beer for those that already love sours, or for those just getting into sours!

The Bruery's suggested brewing/fermentation schedule:
-Mash between 156F - 158F
-Ferment with Wyeast Roeselare Blend (WY3763)

Estimated Original Gravity: 1.053 - 1.058
Estimated SRM: 36-38
Estimated ABV: 5.6%
Suggested Fermentation Temperature: 65F - 68F (With Wyeast Roeselare - WY3763).

This kit can take between 6-12 months to finish, depending on your personal preference on how sour it should be.

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Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.
ABV %5.6
Beer StyleSpecialty
Ready to Drink Within8+ Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessLow (10-25ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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Jim Jenkins on Feb 9, 2018
Brewed as extract previously, and want to try the all-grain version
Jeff Tardie on Jan 12, 2018
Jim Jenkins on Feb 9, 2018
Me and my wife enjoy sours.
Frank R on Jan 31, 2018
Brewed as extract previously, and want to try the all-grain version
Jeff Tardie on Jan 12, 2018
Me and my wife enjoy sours.
Frank R on Jan 31, 2018
how many pounds of grain is in this?
Thomas Manning on Mar 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: 12 lb 14 oz (unless it's changed; I made this about 2 years ago).
how long is a good time for the Oak chips to soak before kegging? i know you should go by taste but i'd like to know if its weeks or a month or more?
Tom H on Mar 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Tom - Depends on personal preference. There isn't a exact amount time that the chips should be soaked. Definitely a smell/taste test will allow you to determine when the chips are ready to be used after soaking.
How long are you leaving this on the yeast cake? And being a sour am I tainting my fermenter?
Ben Loots on Mar 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Ben - This kit can take between 6-12 months to finish, depending on your personal preference on how sour it should be. We recommend taking readings/taste tests every so often. Also, as long as the fermenter is thoroughly cleaned with a unscented dish soap, PBW, and sanitizer, there shouldn't be any risk of contamination/tainting.
Anyone have a recommendation of mash temp on this one? 154? 156? Thanks in advance
mark peterson on Sep 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Mark - It is suggested to mash between 156° and 158°F.

4.2 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Outstanding Sour!
Follow the directions and you will have a great sour. Bottle conditioned and carbonated extremely well. Next time I will bottle it sooner to have a bit less sourness. Bottle aged and tasted at different times from 1 month to 1+ year and it is mellowing with age. Had a great bourbon taste from the chips early on that is now very slight. Not for everybody.
June 9, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5
Brewed this 6ish months ago, pitched onto rosalare. Tried it tonight, it is tart, though the stout flavors do shine through. Anyone split this onto fruit?

November 18, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5
Not so happy
I've been using B3 kits since about 2001. I went all grain about 2011.

I have never had a bad batch from a B3 kit ever. But this recipe was a throw away. Made 10 gallons. Tasted great out of the kettle, good into the glass carboys. I added the chips at 6 months. One year later, I kegged this beer, and got... vinegar.

I hoped that more carbonation would smooth that out, but no luck. Had to toss the entire batch. Worst part was, I tied up two carboys for an entire year for no reason at all.

I will not be ordering this again. I think I will stick to 3 month old ales going forward.
June 24, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
Good but a long wait
I have ever had the commercial beer before and would like to compare the two. I did allow mine to set in a carboy for 10 months before bottling and on oak for the last eight weeks. It is sour and oaky, but flat. I used additional yeast, carb tabs, opened the bottles to add more sugar and yeast but still get little pressure released when I open the bottle. Have been in contact with different commercial brewers and MoreBeer but no one seems to know why. When I brew this again, it will have to be force carbonated but it is a beer that you will want to age a while after bottling.
May 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
Deliciously sour, great price!
I purchased this without trying the commercial brew first so I did not know what to expect. I brewed this and possibly racked it to a secondary before forgetting that I left it at a friend's house for about a year. I let it sit on american oak cubes for 8 weeks and bottled with an ale yeast. Turned out amazing! Taste the dark side...its delicious!!!
October 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
very good
This is the first sour beer I have brewed. I brewed it in Jan moved it to secondary and left it there for 8 months, added oak for 2 weeks and the bottled. Just had my first bottle and love it.
November 18, 2013