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Old 06-24-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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I'm Altering a recipe i found on another site and came up with this one: http://hopville.com/recipe/1472784/o...oatmeal-stout# My question is when is when should i add the 8 ounces of German bakers chocolate? right now i've set it up for 20 minutes prior to flame out. Also whats your opinion of the recipe in general?
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:12 AM   #2
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From a few threads I read, I saw some folks adding chocolate to the primary and some to the secondary. Personally, the chocolate RIS I just brewed, had the addition put in the primary (melted) once I got the sort below 100. From the little drinks I've had of it, I can taste the chocolate.

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Old 06-25-2012, 03:57 AM   #3
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Interesting, is bacteria/ infection not a concern? I would think you'd want to sterilize anything being added to the wort. Is there a benefit to adding it as late as secondary vs. After/ end of boil.

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I don't have an science/experience behind why I did it when I did other than I wanted as much chocolate in the fermenter as possible vs. leaving some behind in the brew kettle. The bowl I used was starsan'ed and the chocolate was microwaved, so some things will get killed, but not everything. I will try the chocolate addition at a different time when I brew this beer again to see if the flavor changes any.

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<1.110: Reverend clone, IIPA. Chocolate RIS, Bourbon Barrel Quad, chocolate RIS w/oak & whiskey
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:12 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help!

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Ahh, I remember why I added chocolate to the primary...
1. I wanted as much chocolate in the fermenter as I could, with none wasted, settling to the bottom of the brew kettle.
2. I didn't put it in secondary because half my batch I was going to bottle right away and the other half I was going to secondary on oak and bourbon. Because I wanted chocolate in both, I put it in the primary.

Edit: Not saying that what I did was a good idea, or the best way of doing, but that's what I did. :-)

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<1.110: Reverend clone, IIPA. Chocolate RIS, Bourbon Barrel Quad, chocolate RIS w/oak & whiskey
>1.110 OG: Double W (inspired) stout, Choco milk Czar, Mephistopheles (inspired) stout..
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:32 AM   #7
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Makes sense, how does the recipe look in general? More specifically am I using a good yeast for the application. Also I was hoping the change from c60 to caramel, c60 would help darken the head color a few shades

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I am far from being able to critique a recipe. I am still in the newbie experimentation phase. For example I used a Belgian yeast in my choco stout. I read 3787 is used in Avery Mephistopheles stout, and it's a phenomenal stout, so I had to try it.

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Bottled: <1.060: AHS Aniv Wit, lemon wheat, Blonde rye.
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<1.110: Reverend clone, IIPA. Chocolate RIS, Bourbon Barrel Quad, chocolate RIS w/oak & whiskey
>1.110 OG: Double W (inspired) stout, Choco milk Czar, Mephistopheles (inspired) stout..
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Never heard of it till now, looks like a monster! I might just have to add that to my list once I get set up with a nitro tap.

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An update on my chocolate oatmeal stout. I ended up using cocoa instead of bakers chocolate because the folks at my local brew store said they thought the fat content in the chocolate might mess with the head/ retention. Recipe turned out ok but a little too bitter (I think its because I didn't factor in the bitterness of the cocoa)
Certainly room for improvement.

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