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Old 09-04-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Went to pick up some supplies on Friday for yesterday's brew session, and also to get some feedback on a couple brews. After sitting around for an hour and sampling both my beers and a few others, I finally got around to gathering the ingredients I needed for the Milk Stout I was brewing. Here's the kicker: I forgot both the Flaked Oats and the Lactose. Not a huge deal, the beer will still turn out fine, just not what I wanted.

Here's the original recipe for a 5 gallon batch:

11.0 lbs Maris Otter
1.25 lbs Chocolate Malt
0.50 lbs Debittered Black Malt
0.50 lbs Roasted Barley
0.50 lbs Crystal 80L
1.00 lb Flaked Oats
1.00 lb Lactose

1.00 oz Chinook @ 60min
1.00 oz Northern Brewer @ 30min

1 pkg White Labs Irish Ale Yeast

2.00 oz Cocoa Nibs in secondary

OG ended up being 1.076 and I mashed at 154* (originally planned 150*) for a little extra mouth feel and sweetness since I didn't have the oats and lactose.

Lesson learned: double check the list before leaving. Still, I'm excited to see how this turns out. It will be my first time using the Cocoa Nibs, so here goes!



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Old 09-04-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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I would imagine you could boil the lactose and add it prior to bottling/kegging.

When I first read this thread I thought you wee going to have the same problem I do; Getting more stuff than you planned on buying. your 30 dollar batch magically turns into 50 snaps. Looks like a prettygood recipe though should turn out well.



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I would imagine you could boil the lactose and add it prior to bottling/kegging.

When I first read this thread I thought you wee going to have the same problem I do; Getting more stuff than you planned on buying. your 30 dollar batch magically turns into 50 snaps. Looks like a prettygood recipe though should turn out well.
That is what I thought too. I still have yet to have a batch of beer come in under $60 even though my ingredient average is $40.
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Well, I did pick up an oxygen stone and regulator, so out of $100 total, only $40 was ingredients. I just tend to lose my mind in there.

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And then I always complain about trying to save up for an expensive piece of equipment because I spend too much on random crap

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I'm still doing extract kit brews and can't do one for under $50. $7 for bottled water, $10 on ice to cool the wort, plus the cost of the kit...but i bought a wort chiller today, so that'll save cash in the long run.

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I know it's after the fact, but isn't plain jane Oatmeal the same thing as flaked oats?

Just wondering if that could have been subbed.

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And then I always complain about trying to save up for an expensive piece of equipment because I spend too much on random crap
Holy crap this is exactly how I am. I beach and complain because I still don't have a wort chiller or kegging system but I pick up all these nic-nacs that are either backups or just seem like cool crap to have.
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I know it's after the fact, but isn't plain jane Oatmeal the same thing as flaked oats?

Just wondering if that could have been subbed.
They are pretty much the same thing and yes instant oatmeal, quick oats can be subbed as well as rolled oats that are non-instant/quick oats. The good thing about the instant or quick oats is they don't need to be cooked before brewing with them.
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They are pretty much the same thing and yes instant oatmeal, quick oats can be subbed as well as rolled oats that are non-instant/quick oats. The good thing about the instant or quick oats is they don't need to be cooked before brewing with them.
I thought about using them, and tried to look up whether I could, but I found conflicting information. So, I figured better safe than sorry. I'd rather have a good Stout than risk screwing up on something I haven't done before or read enough about.

I will, however, read up on this before next brew session, so that I have a back up if needed.

Love the picture of your boxers, by the way Hernando. Best dogs in the world!


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