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Old 03-02-2011, 05:53 PM   #11
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i'm in the middle of trying my first coconut porter...

8.2 lbs Dark Malt Extract
Steeping grains: 18 oz Chocolate Malt, 16 oz Caramel Malt 80L
1 oz Northern Brewer Pellets (bittering hops)
1 oz Perle Pellets (aroma hops)
8 oz Equal Exchange organic cocoa
Wyeast 1272 AM Ale II Activator yeast

I've had it in primary for a week, and i'll rack onto 28 oz of toasted coconut flakes next sunday. looking forward to seeing how it works out, but like everyone else has said, i'm a little worried about how the lack of head will impact the overall experience of the beer.
For the record, this turned out to be a GREAT batch

I ended up using 21 oz instead of 28 oz. the coconut is definitely there, but not overpowering -- and i'm pleasantly surprised that it's got a decent amount of head
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:05 AM   #12
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So has anyone done this successfully, tried a coconut tea that i scraped the fat and oil off of and got no flavor, i did this to avoid the issue with head retention...I brew in 5 gallon batchs, would really appreciate any new info on when to add, how much, and how to prepare...normally i do one week in the primary, one to two weeks in the secondary before bottling...

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Old 06-02-2011, 12:08 PM   #13
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So has anyone done this successfully, tried a coconut tea that i scraped the fat and oil off of and got no flavor, i did this to avoid the issue with head retention...I brew in 5 gallon batchs, would really appreciate any new info on when to add, how much, and how to prepare...normally i do one week in the primary, one to two weeks in the secondary before bottling...
see my post right above yours. just finished the last two bottles this past weekend -- the whole batch turned out great. i actually came in 4th place with this beer in my group (22 beers) as part of the first contest i've ever entered. the head was NEVER an issue.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:38 PM   #14
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Would adding some dextrin help? I am about to start a coconut brown ale as well. I am also worried about head retention. I was wondering if adding about half a pound of dextrin would help?

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:26 PM   #15
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I brewed a coconut brown ale 2 days ago. I roasted 14oz of shredded coconut then put into the boil for 60 minutes. It is currently fermenting like crazy. i also added maltodextrin to try and help with head retention. I will repost when bottled and carbed about how the head is.

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Old 02-21-2012, 06:35 PM   #16
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Mine has been bottled for 2 weeks. I used a pound of toasted sweetened coconut in the secondary for about 2 weeks. I didn't use any dextrin, and the head retention is okay, not outstanding but okay. As for the coconut taste, it has a subtle coconut flavor and a coconut and toasty nose. The brown ale itself came out a little darker than i hoped. Over all though its a pretty good beer.I am pretty happy with it.

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Old 03-09-2012, 03:20 AM   #17
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So here is my update on bottling day. There was still a lot of shaved coconut in the beer so I filtered it out and took a taste. Very slight coconut and I'm kinda hoping the hops die down a little during carbonation and it will be exactly what I was trying for.

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Old 03-14-2012, 11:14 PM   #18
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1 week after bottling pretty thick head and a little lacing tastes like a spot on brown ale with a touch of coconut. Wish there was a little more coconut flavor. But an amazing beer!!!

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:13 AM   #19
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Anyone ever try coconut milk powder in the boil?

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:19 AM   #20
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Made a coconut coffee porter. Added coconut flavored coffee beans to primary (coarsely ground) and cold pressed some more in secondary. Turned out great....

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