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Old 10-04-2009, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default Getting more out of my stout

Just tried my new stout after a week in the bottle. Despite the expected flatness it has turned out quite tasty. The recipe is pretty straightforward 2-row/roasted malt combo. One thing I've noticed is that the mouth is a little thin for a strong stout -- possibly due to the lack of carbonation -- but it lacks that creamy, chewy mouth of an imperial. Also, the rims are red, rather than the pitch black I'm used to. Is this a matter of beefing up the total grain, beefing up the roasted-to-2-row ratio, or other adjuncts (e.g., oatmeal?) I guess what I want is a thicker feel without affecting the flavor profile too much. Any thoughts?

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Old 10-04-2009, 05:05 PM   #2
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Adding +/- a pound of flaked oats will go a long way towards mouthfeel. I toast mine in the oven first. Also, try mashing at a little higher of a temp. say around 155-156.

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Old 10-04-2009, 05:14 PM   #3
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Flaked Barley would an option as well, for more mouthfeel.

Can you post the recipe? you'll get better feedback that way.

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Old 10-04-2009, 05:49 PM   #4
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3G batch:

8# 2-row
1# roasted barley
.5# carapils

It's my first stout (and experience with roasted barley) so I tried to make it as simple as possible.

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Old 10-04-2009, 06:11 PM   #5
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The oatmeal would definitely help with mouthfeel, but then you are creeping towards a different beer. I'd stick with the flaked barley if you want just the straight imperial stout. What's your FG? sometimes high fermentation temperatures lead to more attenuation, thus a thinner beer. good luck!

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Old 10-04-2009, 06:15 PM   #6
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Didn't check the FG but I did mash for attenuation (~151). I did not know this would affect the body, just the balance of sweetness.

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:31 PM   #7
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mashing for attenuation TOTALLY affects the body. I learned this the hard way. It's a trade-off: attenuation/dryness/ABV on the one hand, vs. body/mouthfeel/sweetness on the other.

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:38 PM   #8
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You're off to a good start, I think you just need a little tweaking. I would add about a Pound of Flaked Barley, and maybe even a half a pound of Caramel 120 or Special B, then adjust your Two Row to hit your desired Gravity. I would definitely mash on the High side as well, 154* or 155*.

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