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thamajam 11-07-2012 06:40 PM

Imperial Chocolate Stout Critique
 
Looking for some thoughts guys! I'm looking to get a big ole' sweet chocolatey tasting imperial stout going for late winter.

Size: 5.5gal
OG: 1.112
FG: 1.030

14lbs - Maris Otter
3lbs - Pale LME
1lb - Chocolate Malt
1lb - Caramel 120
.5lb - Caramel 80
.5lb - Biscuit Malt
.5lb - Roasted Barley
.25lb - Debittered Black Malt

1oz - Galaxy - 60mins
1oz - Magnum - 60mins
1oz - Cascade - Dry
4oz - Cocoa Nibs - Secondary
2 Vanilla Beans - Secondary

2 packets of Wyeast 1084 - Irish Ale, with a starter.

Mostly questioning my grain bill. I don't want too much astringency obviously. Also wondering if cocoa powder in the boil will add anything?

inhousebrew 11-07-2012 06:52 PM

Personally I wouldn't waste Galaxy hops for a 60 minute bittering addition. Save those bad boys for a late addition in an APA or IPA for maximum effect.

thamajam 11-07-2012 07:08 PM

I think I have some Chinook sitting around, would probably make for a more effective bittering addition. I agree though, Galaxy do taste too damn good to be used that early.

Mr_Pear 11-07-2012 07:25 PM

I would think that a dry hop isn't going to do much for you and seems out of place to me and would skip that addition. The rest looks good though and sounds mighty tasty!


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