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Old 08-23-2009, 01:31 AM   #1
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Default Irish Car Bomb Stout

Okay, so this may be the crazy mutterings of a newbie with more imagination than sense. How about a beer with the flavor of an Irish Car Bomb Cocktail. For those who are not familiar with this drink, it involves a shot of Bailey's Irish Cream and Jameson's Irish Whiskey that is dropped into a pint of Guinness and then chugged. It must be drunk quickly, lest the cream curdle. But what if you could have this drink without having to down it so fast?

So there are three tastes that need to be present:

1) Guinness - This should be easy enough: use a stout as the base for the recipe.

2) Bailey's - Lactose should give the beer the necessary sweetness and milkiness. Cocoa powder (and/or chocolate malt), vanilla extract (or beans), and caramel malts should cover the chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors in the liqueur.

3) Jameson's - Can you just add some whiskey into the recipe? In the secondary? At bottling time? How much?

So, that's the basic idea. Does anyone think that this might actually work? Would it taste good? More importantly--does any intrepid soul want to take a moment to hash out a hypothetical recipe for such a thing? I'm an extract + specialty grains brewer at this point, so something along those lines would be wonderful.

Thanks!

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Old 08-23-2009, 02:30 AM   #2
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You could probably brew a milk stout recipe and then add the whiskey and vanilla at bottling or kegging time. Could be interesting.

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Old 08-23-2009, 04:39 AM   #3
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maybe use some powdered milk with the dextrose when brewing cause we know that **** aint real milk so it shouldnt curdle lol after racking into a carboy or secondary fermenter you could add some whiskey.for a standard extract brew of 23L maybe a half L will cover the hint flavouring. Its a good idea you have I must say! let me know how it goes cause I LOVE IRISH CARBOMBS!

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That sounds good actually. If you figure something out let us know.

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Damn, I wish I were home so I could give this a shot.

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Thanks for the advice and encouragement. I think that I will probably move forward with this one, but not right away. Perhaps I will brew this as a Christmas ale. At any rate, here is a very rough attempt at a recipe. Any criticism is well appreciated!

Irish Car Bomb Stout (5 gallon batch)

7 lb. pale LME
1 lb. lactose

0.75 lb. roasted barley
0.50 lb. chocolate malt
0.25 lb. black patent

1 oz. Nugget hops (60 minutes)

4 oz. cocoa powder (last 5 minutes of boil?)

dried ale yeast (what kind?)

1 oz. vanilla extract (at bottling time)
16 oz. (1/2 L) whiskey (at bottling time)

Initial Gravity: 1.058
Final Gravity: 1.014
ABV: 5.7%
IBU: 36.8

What do you think? Would it really work to add powdered milk, or will that curdle? Are the other amounts about right?

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Instead of using lactose, cocoa powder, vanilla, etc, why not buy some Kahlua flavored syrup? Like this stuff. Seems like it would be an easier and more accurate way of getting that "car bomb" flavor.

If you want a dry yeast go with US05. Clean and neutral and won't get in the way of the flavors you're trying to display.

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WOW....this is an awesome idea...

I LOOOOOOVE car bombs.

Please let us know how this turns out. If it works, I am definitely going to brew this. The US05 is a great idea for the yeast. Not sure about the dried milk curtling, but 1 oz vanilla might not be enough to give it the flavor (IMO).

IDK, I am new at this, so perhaps leave it to someone else's suggestion.

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I love it,kudos to your for thinking outside the box.

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You forget, half the fun of a car bomb is shooting beer all over the place and chipping your teeth on the shot glass.

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