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Old 11-12-2010, 12:32 AM   #1
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Hey i was going to add 8 oz of 100% unsweetened cocoa powder to the last 5 minutes of my dark porter boil? Good idea?

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Old 11-12-2010, 12:33 AM   #2
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I did it with a blueberry chocolate stout. Turned out well.

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Old 11-12-2010, 02:15 AM   #3
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Just plan for a yeast cake that is about 3 inches thick and a few weeks in primary. The cocoa takes a while to settle out and it really piles up on the bottom. None of this is a problem but if you aren't expecting it, it can be quite shocking to see such a big pile on the bottom of your primary.

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+1 on the giant trub. But yes I recommend it as well

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I did it with a blueberry chocolate stout. Turned out well.
Blueberries, chocolate and stout. My 3 favorite things in one sentence.

Why didn't I think of that.
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haha I am convinced I am going to go for it and add it!

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Old 11-12-2010, 02:42 AM   #7
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Use this cocoa- it's fat free

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In JZ's podcast for a chocolate cherry stout, he recommends using regular unsweetened hershey's cocoa powder. He also says to let the beer sit on that chocolate trub for awhile. I'm doing a chocolate cherry stout on Saturday. I plan on using 12 oz unsweetened hershey's cocoa at 5 minutes, giving it 1 week to 10 days primary, then transferring to secondary on top of 2 cans of oregon cherry puree. I'm also gonna try to scoop up some of that choco-sludge to let it sit on that for awhile longer. give that 2 to two and a half weeks, then bottle with a 4 oz bottle of chocolate extract. I'm super excited about this beer, and can't wait to see how this beer turns out

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I used the 12oz of Hersheys in my stout with 60 minutes of boild time. I tasted a gravity sample and it has a nice middle-flow so far.
It is two weeks in the fermenter so far. My FG is high by 5 points though.

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Blueberries, chocolate and stout. My 3 favorite things in one sentence.

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