A while back I was asking around for suggestions on a Cthulhu themed mead, and this one by Onihige jumped out at me.
Originally Posted by Onihige
I would make a braggot with anise, wormwood, fennel and dark chocolate. And it should be crazy strong and oak aged to infinity and beyond.
For grains I'd use pale ale, some crystal, peat smoked malt. Fairly simple.
Not sure if I'd use hops, but maybe some earthy hops like Fuggles? In small dosage.....
After a while, I came up with this recipe..
Elder Gods Braggot
3 pounds + ½ fed incrementally (honey will be caramelized, making it a bochet as well)
Anise, wormwood, fennel
Dark Chocolate/coco nibs
¾ lb pale ale
½ lb crystal
¼ lb peat smoked malts
Lalvin ICV-D47 (Côtes-du-Rhône) if possible
OG should be around 1.151Or
¾ lb Crystal 80L
½ Two-Row pale
½ lb American WheatThe Rest is the same
Now...how do I do this? I've never made a beer, much less an all grain one, so the process is what (basically)?
I'm thinking of only mashing the peated malt for about 10-15 minutes to keep the flavour from getting too strong, would that be okay?
Also, are there any suggestions on the amounts for the spices and chocolate? I will probably not use all three, not sure if I can find a source for wormwood (which I understand lends a bitter flavour).
Any advise would be appreciated, thank you...