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ezzieyguywuf 02-25-2012 06:47 PM

Too Much Chocolate Malt?
 
For a porter, I got a grain bill with ~9.5% chocolate malt by weight, as well as ~10.5% homemade brown malt. I calculated the amount of malt needed using the methods described in Designing Great Beers, and got the chocolate malt provided 7.5% of my gravity points. My question is, will such a large proportion of chocolate mask everything else? I have some crystal malts in the recipe as well, at about 20%. Does anyone have experience using this much chocolate malt?

Thanks.

ezziey

RandomBeerGuy 02-25-2012 06:49 PM

In my porter recipe .75lbs goes a long way. Very roasty.

ezzieyguywuf 02-25-2012 06:54 PM

Hm, and I go well beyond that at 1.3 lb for a 5-gallon batch.

RandomBeerGuy 02-25-2012 06:55 PM

That is alot of chocolate malt. Have you used it before?

ezzieyguywuf 02-25-2012 07:21 PM

I've made a porter and a handful of milk stouts in the past, but I've never used this much chocolate malt. I'm ok with it making my brew dark as the night, but if it will be ridiculously overpowering I'd like to know ahead of time so I can tone it down. I'd like the crystal malts to still be noticeable to balance out the chocolate, and I also want the brown malt to come through so that I can see what sort of effect this malt has on a beer.

usfmikeb 02-25-2012 07:22 PM

9.5% choc malt, 10.5% brown malt, and 20% crystal malts? That doesn't sound like proper proportions...

ezzieyguywuf 02-25-2012 07:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by usfmikeb (Post 3828984)
9.5% choc malt, 10.5% brown malt, and 20% crystal malts? That doesn't sound like proper proportions...

Heh, I suppose you're right, I did go a little high on the Crystal proportions, at least compared to the commercial examples listed in Designing Great Beers. I forget why I chose such a large proportion of crystal (I've had Amber Ale on the mind a lot lately ,maybe that had something to do with it) but nonetheless, I still think this brew will be Porterish to say the least. And my original question still stands about whether or not the chocolate malt will overpower things. It's a bit of a moot point now, as I went ahead and crushed my grains (I'm just not thinking straight today, I should have waited until after this discussion to mix/crush my grains) but I'd still like to know what you guys think.

thanks.

usfmikeb 02-25-2012 08:03 PM

IMO, 1.3 lbs of chocolate malt is a bit high, but not too outrageous. I think you're going to have a bigger issue from that amount of crystal.

ezzieyguywuf 02-25-2012 08:22 PM

What do you think the problem with that much crystal will be?

BigEd 02-25-2012 10:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ezzieyguywuf (Post 3829122)
What do you think the problem with that much crystal will be?


Poor attenuation and too much residual sweetness are the first things I think of.


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