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Old 12-31-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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I brewed my version of a Chocolate Stout and added 1/4 cup of cocoa powder for the last 3 minutes of the boil and another 1/4 cup when I transferred it to the secondary fermenter. I didn't notice a real chocolate taste when I transferred it to the secondary, so I was planning to add a vial (or two) of the Home Brewers Chocolate flavoring when I keg it. Any suggestions?

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Old 01-01-2013, 07:53 AM   #2
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My best suggestion is to stop trying to fix a beer that is not as good as you like. You have already added a ton of chocolate. Is it sweetness that you lack? If you simply lack chocolate flavor perhaps you could increase the chocolate malt. Ideally I avoid post fermentation additions unless the flavor can not be created with malt, yeast, and hops.

I like Crisp chocolate for a pure chocolate taste and MFB chocolate for a more complex raisin and dark chocolate flavor.

Try it again.

can you post your recipe and any results?

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Old 01-01-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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How many ounces is in a 1/4 cup? I make an Imperial Chocolate Stout with 8 ounces of pure cocoa powder in the boil (10 minutes) and get lots of flavor that way.

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Old 01-01-2013, 09:28 PM   #4
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2 in a 1/4 cup, so that would equal 4 ozs total. It will probably be fine, next time I will boil it longer and see what I get. Not due to keg it for another 6 days, I will post the results!!!

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Old 01-01-2013, 09:34 PM   #5
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Recipe: (From a Midwest Supplies kit) Peace Coffee Java Stout (Left out the coffee, although it great with the coffee)
6 lb. Dark liquid malt extract
8 oz. Chocolate Malt
4 oz. Flaked Barley
4 oz. Caramel 60L
4 oz. Roasted Barley specialty grains
1/2 oz. Challenger hops (60 mins)
1/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa Powder (3 mins)
1 oz. Tettnang pellet hops (2 mins)

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This looks pretty darn good for a recipe. I would actually expect a healthy amount of chocolate flavor in 8 oz of chocolate malt. If you do add chocolate to the finished beer try it first on a glass or two and when you have found the appropriate amount do the whole batch.

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Old 01-01-2013, 09:45 PM   #7
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I wish I could take credit for it, it belongs to Midwest Supplies. I brewed it once before as directed and it was amazing, I am sure it will be with the chocolate also!!!
Thanks for all the feedback!

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If you ever consider going to all grain I have an all grain recipe that would be very similar and is extra tasty. And post a pic when the beer is ready.

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Old 01-02-2013, 01:33 AM   #9
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I can see why you didn't get much chocolate flavor from only 1/4 cup of cocoa powder. I use 8oz by weight of cocoa powder in the last 10 minutes of the boil for 5 gallons. I get a nice chocolate flavor from that single chocolate addition along with the use of some chocolate malt in the mash. 1/4 cup of cocoa powder weighs only about an ounce so that's way under what you would need. Next time you brew this beer just increase the cocoa powder and see if you get what you want from that. Also some have used cocoa nibs in secondary with success.

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Old 01-02-2013, 11:41 PM   #10
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I used 4 oz overall, but I will keep this in mind! Thanks

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