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Old 12-04-2010, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default Chocolate stout recommendations?

Preparing to do my first brew and I've decided to brew what I like best - stout.
Young's Double Chocolate Stout is one of my favorites - anyone familiar with kits out there that approximate this? I was looking at the one at AHS and it looks to have decent reviews.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_452_42_159&products_id= 310



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Old 12-04-2010, 06:47 PM   #2
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Related: Anyone ever used Chocolate Extract in their beer? I have some laying around because I make my own Coffee Liqueur, too. Seems like a natural addition to me.



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Old 12-04-2010, 08:21 PM   #3
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I brewed AHS's Chocolate Raspberry Stout a few months back. It's the best beer I've brewed so far (out of 8 or so extract batches). I remember reading that the double chocolate stout is the same as the chocolate raspberry stout minus the raspberry flavoring. I don't think you can go wrong.

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Old 12-07-2010, 06:11 PM   #4
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We've used unsweetened baking chocolate in two batches so far with good results. It adds a slight dryness, so we countered the first time with lactose and the 2nd with maltodextrin.

I've never tried a flavored extract, so I'm no help there.

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Old 12-07-2010, 07:07 PM   #5
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Related: Anyone ever used Chocolate Extract in their beer? I have some laying around because I make my own Coffee Liqueur, too. Seems like a natural addition to me.
Well, I'd think that the real thing is so easy to use, it isn't worth using the extract. Maybe if it was already in the fermenter, but I wanted more of a chocolate "kick" to it, I'd add some of the extract. Otherwise I'd just use a measured amount of baker's chocolate or cocoa powder.
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:57 PM   #6
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i made the AHS double chocolate stout a few months back and it was excellent. nice chocolate bitter flavor. my wife (who always tries my beers but really is more of a wine person) even liked it enough that she requested a pint here or there. i just wished i saved a little to blend a little cherry lambic in. go for it.



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