Originally Posted by DrinkNoH2O
What recipe are you guys referring to?
FED those recipes you posted, while they may be good, are nothing like Velvet Merlin at all. FW VM is 5.5% ABV and has no chocolate at all.
Yeah, realized later that it's a Velvet Merkin clone. Silly me, I thought merkin was a typo on the FW website. Come to find out there are two different beers out there. The recipe is the merkin clone. Just don't google merkin, seriously... There is no unseeing what I saw !
I ended up with a stuck sparge on batch #2 which was the small beer (merLin-ish), that's the one that got the cocoa and a portion barreled with the majority kegged. The high octane (merKin) got the oak cubes - no cocoa. Awesome beers both.
I added cocoa to the small beer because... wait for it... I really like how it tastes.