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Old 06-30-2014, 03:27 AM   #31
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Drinking this at the moment and thought of this thread. Picking up a ton of vanilla and more and more chocolate as it warms, but not much if any graham. Great example though, but was hoping for more graham.
Nice! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:05 AM   #32
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Thanks for all the help everyone! So I've plugged a recipe in to beersmith and will be brewing this on Thursday. Here's what I've settled on for my first attempt:

2 lbs 11.2 oz Graham Cracker (3-14.4 oz boxes) (3.0 SRM) 17.2 %
1 lbs Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) 6.4 %
7 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) 44.6 %
1 lbs Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) 6.4 %
12.0 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) 4.8 %
8.0 oz Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM) 3.2 %
8.0 oz Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) 3.2 %
8.0 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) 3.2 %
4.0 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) 1.6 %
4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) 1.6 %
4.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) 1.6 %
0.33 oz Magnum [12.10 %] - Boil 60.0 min 11.7 IBUs
0.75 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min 4.0 IBUs
4.00 oz Cocoa Powder (Boil 10.0 mins)
1 lbs Milk Sugar (Lactose) (Boil 10.0 mins) (0.0 SRM) 6.4 %
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)
4.00 oz Cocoa Nibs (Secondary 14.0 days)
2.00 Vanilla Beans (Secondary 14.0 days)

I'm going to mash at 153 for 75 mins.

It's a little over OG according to BeerSmith for a Swet Stout, and a little underhopped but I'm thinking some of the bitterness from the chocolate will make up for the hops, and if it comes out a little sweet it prob won't bother me lol.

I'll def. keep everyone updated on this thread!

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Old 06-30-2014, 06:30 AM   #33
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What's your planned og/fg? Looks like a lot's going on in there and I'm hoping it's yummy. Can't wait for your results!

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Old 06-30-2014, 03:43 PM   #34
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Good Luck, sounds awesome. I am new to all grain and I love the idea of experimenting with flavors. I cant wait to see how it turns out.

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What's your planned og/fg? Looks like a lot's going on in there and I'm hoping it's yummy. Can't wait for your results!
Woops sorry! If I'm reading BS correct, the Est. OG is 1.077 and the Est. FG is 1.026.

Not sure how accurate it is though since the Graham cracker I'm not sure if it's truly accurate on what it adds to the mash. I read on a Beer Smith forum post that the gravity for it was 1.035 so that's what I used.

For what it's worth, when I remove the Graham it says OG = 1.064 and FG 1.022.
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Good Luck, sounds awesome. I am new to all grain and I love the idea of experimenting with flavors. I cant wait to see how it turns out.
Thanks! I usually get excited for brew day, but I'm SUPER excited for this one. Thursday can't come soon enough!
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:29 AM   #37
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Welp, brewed the beer today! One change to the recipe is that the Victoryh malt ended up being 24 oz instead of 12. I made a mistake when ordering my grains. This changed the OG to 1.081.

Came in at 1.071, .010 lower than BeerSmith calculated but I blame it on the Graham cracker calculation. Beer was sweet with a hint of graham. Going to rack to secondary in 10 days and add the 2 vanilla beans and Cocoa nibs! Can't wait for this to be done already.

Appreciate all the help and suggestions! I'm going to try and attach a few pics. I also filmed the process for my youtube beer show (The Beer Chasers) for a future episode!

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Old 07-16-2014, 06:15 AM   #38
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Transferred to secondary on Sunday and stole a taste... The beer is nice and sweet with a touch of graham/honey. The chocolate is tasting slightly under what I would like, but I still have the Cocoa nib addition to get more choco flavor. If I was a betting man I'd say the graham/honey flavor comes from the honey malt and other malts and not so much from the graham cracker itself.

There is a strong hop flavor though that I caught form both the initial pre-ferment taste and this recent taste. You can def. taste the alcohol, almost a little too much. Hoping the Cocoa nib and vanilla addition will help with that, as well as some condition time in the bottles for it all to come together.

Final Grav was 1.022, so right around 6.5%.

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