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Old 03-13-2013, 04:31 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I'm fairly new to brewing (this will be my 4th beer) so bear with me. I've been looking into making either a S'more stout or porter. I have looked on some websites and I've seen 1 or 2 recipes that have caught my attention but there wasn't much review on them so I wasn't sure whether to trust them or not.

What i've been thinking so far is to do an extract based batch of a chocolate oatmeal stout, the oat for the grahmcracker flavor, use ghiradelli baking chocolate and Hershey special dark cocoa (boil 5 min.) for the chocolate flavor, add molasses to the last 5 min. of boil and possibly for priming with vanilla beans in secondary (steeped in vodka for a day or two/added 4 days before bottling) for the marshmallow flavor.

Does anyone see any complications with this or have any advice on how to proceed or a good Chocolate Oatmeal Stout to use as a base recipe? Any techniques I should know about when brewing these types of stouts? Would a porter be better than a stout? How much of yeast starter should I build up to compensate for the molasses etc?

Again I'm new and broke so the cheaper the better and the more advice the better. If you can tell me an easy way to do an all grain batch with the 5 gallon pot I have in my tiny college apt. that'd be awesome also.

Thanks for the help!!

Here are some links to the recipes I've found.
-http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f68/smores-sweet-stout-262522/
-http://hopville.com/recipe/1280579 <---Why so little choc.?
-http://hopville.com/recipe/1135110 <---All Grain =/

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I made an all grain version of a smore stout. Some things you want to consider...
Carabrown is going to give you more graham cracker flavor than oats.
I use actual graham crackers in the mash.
Toast your oats for something closer to the real thing.
You need a bit of smoke somewhere for that real campfire flavor.

http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/smores-stout <-- the recipe if you want to try and work off that for ideas for an extract. I'd add a little lactose in there too, even though it's not currently on the recipe.

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I have yet to drink it but I have a Graham cracker ale in the carboy right now. It had Graham crackers in the mash, brown sugar in the boil, coco in the boil, and caco nibs soaked in marshmallow vodka in the fermenter. If that does not do it I have Graham cracker, double chocolate, and marshmallow extract I can add to get the flavor right.

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That sounds like it will taste great. Especially the cocoa nibs in marshmallow vodka. What type of vodka did you use?

For the all grain recipes, any advice on switching between those and an extract recipe? Any easy conversions?

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Smirnoff Marshmallow flavor Vodka. Since I did not want a full bottle I just got a couple of those little $1 mini bottles.

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