Originally Posted by merriman44
I suppose this has transformed more inro an American. The complex grain bill is to give it more character. Mind posting your modded bill? I'd love to make this closer to 5% but don't want to lose any character. You guys think I can just pare back the grains?
What about mash temps? I was going for 149 to keep it nice and dry.
The high hop content is to keep the bu around 1 so its nice and refreshing for a black summer stout. Still open to more thoughts though! Keep the critiques coming!
I would agree with everything GRBC said, (I've used debittered black patent and it's very nice if you just want color and less roastiness) and if you want a 4.7% take on your bill I would plan on this for myself:
Based on 65% efficiency since I batch sparge and 5.5 gallons
2lb Flaked Barley
0.5lb Roasted Barley
0.25 Carafa III ( for a little more character)
Debittered Black 0.25 lb if you want it black black
1oz of any high alpha hop FWH (I've used Warrior, Chinook, and Centennial in a stout before and it was good)