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Old 12-06-2012, 01:58 AM   #1
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Default Are oatmeal stouts "beginner"?

I had an oatmeal stout the other night at a local brew pub that they had brewed in house. My LORD, was it good! Dark, creamy, tasted awesome! now, I want to make one. If you know anything about me, you know I have a Mr. Beer and am about to bottle my first batch. Will an oatmeal stout be too much for me to try as a 100% newb? Is that an all grain thing?

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I think you would be just fine. Its al about trying. You can buy it you can brew it. Gotta start sometime. Its all about having fun.

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I have done an extract version of a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and it was very good. You are never too newb to try a new brew.

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Is that stout an all grain thing? Or is it something that I can buy in the LHB?

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I just saw you did an extract...

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Here is what I came up with. As far as a local HB store having the Mr.Beer Stuff. You may have to order it. But if you go in and ask them for a 2 gallon ( i think mr beer is 2 gallon) recipe for a oatmeal stout they may be able to help you out.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/mr-b...recipe-280463/

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http://www.mrbeer.com/product-exec/p...Stout_Archived

The one will require a steeping bag for grains which is the next step in brewing but its all up to you. Good luck, have fun and feel free to ask more ?'s

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Oatmeal stouts are perfect for partial mash. This is a good step towards all grain, if you go straight extract you'll get close but might miss some of the mouthfeel a partial mash would offer

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I started with a partial mash Oatmeal Stout. Everything that could have gone wrong did. I still ended up with a drinkable beer. Actually just made another batch last weekend. 12 Gallons of Oatmeal Stout.

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My second brew was an extract Oatmeal Stout. In my opinion the richer, more full bodied beers are a bit more forgiving when it comes to off flavors (caused) due to fermentation temps, though the fuller bodied beers definitely taste better with a little more age on them.

Brew one up. You will be glad you did.

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This might not be the answer you are looking for but here it goes.

Find an all grain recipe for an oatmeal stout and scale it down for a 2 gallon batch so you can ferment in your Mr. Beer rig. Look into stove top BIAB. All you need in addition to the gear you already have is a large pot (might already have one) and a nylon paint straining bag big enough to line it.

This is nearly exactly what I did for the oatmeal stouts I've done (except i was using 1 gallon glass jugs to ferment). I did this very early on in my homebrewing "career" (I'm not quite a year into it yet) and the results were decent eventhough I half-assed a lot of it.

It's really not that hard.

If you were doing a full five gallons I would have recommended a partial mash like Jklinden and deadfall did but assuming a two gallon batch might as well go all out all grain.

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