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Old 10-14-2011, 01:59 AM   #1
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Default Let's clone Troegs Java Head!

I love that beer, can't get enough. Super hoppy, super roasty, and it works amazingly well. I'm going to make a go at coming up with something as close as I can.

Description from the Troegs website:

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JavaHead Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBU's): 60
Color (SRM): Black
Availability: Seasonal, 22oz. Bottles Only
Malts: Pilsner, Crystal, Chocolate, Roast
JuJu: Oats, Blend of Coffee Beans
Hops: Cluster, Chinook, Cascade
Yeast: Unfiltered Ale

JavaHead Stout contains a blend of locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans by St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown, PA.
JavaHead's recipe is based off of our original oatmeal stout. After the boil, the hot wort passes through our hopback vessel on it's way to fermentation. Packed full of whole leaf hops and a bed of ground coffee beans, the hopback vessel is similar to using a huge French press, intensifying the coffee nose and releasing subtle hints of coffee flavor. The result is a lush oatmeal mouthfeel balanced with cocoa, roast and subtle coffee flavors.
I don't have a way to properly do the hopback so I'm going to use a french press to add a hop tea and cold brewed coffee at bottling.


Recipe as stands:
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Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Original Gravity: 1.073 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.5
Bitterness: 56.3 IBUs
Est Color: 31.5 SRM
Mash @ 152

11 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) - 73.0 %
1 lbs Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) - 6.3 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) - 6.3 %
1 lbs Carapils Grain 2 - 6.3 %
1 lbs Golden Naked Oats (1.0 SRM) - 6.3 %
4.0 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) - 1.6 %

0.75 oz Chinook [11.8 %] - Boil 60.0 min - 24.9 IBUs
1.0 oz Cluster [6.80 %] - Boil 60.0 min - 19.1 IBUs
0.50 oz Cluster [6.80 %] - Boil 10.0 min - 3.5 IBUs
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min - 2.8 IBUs
0.50 oz Chinook [13.00%] - Boil 10.0 min - 6.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 0 min

3.00 oz total Chinook/Cascade/Cluster via french press, steeped 5min and added at bottling - I figured 3-4 IBUs
1 french press batch extra strong cold brewed coffee, heated to 170 and added at bottling
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Any thoughts/suggestions would be welcome!
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:33 AM   #2
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So is this in the works? If so, I'm very interested in how this turns out, please keep us posted. Troegs Java Head is a superb beer.

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Old 10-27-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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It will be shortly after the 2011 pellet hop crop comes out, I'm waiting on the fresh batch to stock up.

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I'd be super interested to see how this turns out too.

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Old 12-05-2011, 09:17 PM   #5
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Just brewed this up, it's sitting in the fermenter right now! The recipe in the OP is spot on to what I did. I wound up hitting close to my numbers, got the volume right but am at 1.071. Good enough.

I'll post an update when it's ready to drink.

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Looking forward to the update.

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I bottled this on 1/5/12 with 2oz cold brewed Kona coffee (didn't bother to heat it up) and also used 1oz each of Cluster, Chinook, and Cascade in a french press with boiling water for 5min per the recipe... I think it was waaaaaaaaay too much hops because I could only compact it down about 3/4 of the way in the french press even with so much pressure that I was afraid I was going to break the glass. The resulting liquid was super hoppy, greenish/brown and opaque. Seemed about right. The beer actually smells quite a bit like Java Head, it was quite chocolatey before I added the coffee and pressed hops, then it took on more of the aroma I was looking for.

The taste was in the ballpark of Java Head before adding the hops, it just needed... more hops, lol. I was pretty apprehensive about how this would turn out but after bottling that's turned to excitement. So long as the coffee doesn't clash with anything I think it'll be good. I'm excited to do a side by side once it's ready.

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You hiding a Utopias back there?

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Troeg's uses a blend of locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans by a local coffee house near their brewery.

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You hiding a Utopias back there?
Yup!

Good storage temp in there.

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Troeg's uses a blend of locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans by a local coffee house near their brewery.
Yeah I think I saw that somewhere. I was thinking about getting some locally roasted coffee but decided to go with something I was familiar with. I wouldn't want something too highly roasted, a lighter Kona blend seemed to fit the bill for me.

When they say locally roasted espresso I don't really know what that means. Espresso is a coffee preparation method, not a specific type of bean or roast level. I kinda doubt they grind the beans down as fine as you would for espresso but I suppose you could do that with whole hops and more roughly chopped beans in a hopback.
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