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Old 03-16-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Are stouts worth brewing if you dont have nitro?

Want to brew a chocolate stout, however, I fear that since I do not have nitro it won't be as good. What do y'all think? I love Rogues Chocolate Stout, I am thinking about doing it as my first all grain batch.... Am I crazy to attempt that as a first all grain batch?

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
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Sure, they sell plenty in bottles that are great. You just won't get the same creamy head and cascade of bubbles. The beer will still taste good.

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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I'm a big stout fan, and yes stouts are always better on nitro in my opinion but they're still worth doing with co2. If you want some similar mouthfeel with co2 I would recommend adding 8oz of malto-dextrine at the end of the boil. Also, get a stout tap.

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:40 PM   #4
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Stouts are great even without the nitro effect.

The Deception Cream Stout recipe on here is outstanding and it was bottle conditioned. Just go light on the carbination and you should be good.

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:44 PM   #5
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My 2 cents: Of course.

But, to quote a recent Brewing tv episode, if you do want nitro, buy the machine before you get married and have to justify it to someone who probably won't understand.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/connec...ll-about-stout

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:47 PM   #6
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I have a Beamish type stout in the ferm right now, waiting for keg space, so I would have to say YES!

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:51 PM   #7
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Yes. Hell yes.

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I have a stout on CO2 right now. Totally worth it.

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Old 03-16-2012, 06:06 PM   #9
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Absolutely....would it be nice to have it on nitro sure, but it isn't a deal breaker.

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Old 03-16-2012, 06:15 PM   #10
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Stouts are great even without the nitro effect.

The Deception Cream Stout recipe on here is outstanding and it was bottle conditioned. Just go light on the carbination and you should be good.
I'm on my second keg of deception cream stout on co2 and it's awesome. Surprising how much my friends who don't normally drink dark beers love it too.
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