Okay, I am getting ready to brew this. I think. I figure if I brew it now it will be ready for the first giant snowstorm of the coming winter.
I have tried this beer once and loved it. However, I am a bit concerned about the alcohol. I am one of those guys who always wants to make a beer a little more sessionable. I believe a beer should be able to be great without getting my blitzed after one glass. I want to be able to actually drink a couple of these at 7 am and still be able to function for the rest of the day. I take the title "Breakfast Stout" literally. I love a good breakfast beer.
I am thinking of toning the OG down to around 1.65. Any thoughts on this? Will it still end up around 1.020 FG if I mash at 152 with that OG? I hope it to be big enough to stand up to the coffee and cocoa but not too big to get me wasted too quickly. I would love y'alls feedback on this.
I have decided to add the coffee in the secondary after a cold extraction. I am still not sure on how to do the cocoa, however. What deviations have people taken from the instructions, and what kind of results have been seen, either in this beer or in other dark beers with chocolate? I want a big head, and don't want the oils and fats to kill it.
Thanks and Ninkasi bless,