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Old 12-25-2012, 12:09 AM   #121
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Hey Andy, if you won't toot your own horn I will. This is a great label.

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Old 12-25-2012, 05:05 AM   #122
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Hey Andy, if you won't toot your own horn I will. This is a great label.

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Thanks man! I didn't have time before Christmas gatherings to actually print my labels and do it the right way, but I did this instead! A full case, tagged and bottled

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:46 PM   #123
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Just an update for everyone. I've brewed this twice now and the first time followed the directions to a T except only 5 oz of chocolate. Second time jumped to 7oz with WL Burton ale yeast. The Burton was way too active for this stout. Way over carbonated and I only used 4oz of dextrose at bottling. Needless to say. Non beer drinkers like this beer and so do seasoned beer snobs. This will probably become my house stout recipe. Next time going to make it a coffee stout with fresh pressed Brazilian coffee.
I changed it a bit http://hopville.com/recipe/1656987 Im going to brew it again and use 7-8oz of coco this time. maybe more chocolate grains too. but it still went over well it was gone in 2-3 weeks. that a new record for me. probably brew it again in a week
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:17 AM   #124
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I followed the recipe exactly (4 oz cocoa, 10 bags celestial peppermint tea, WLP 004, etc). The pre-fermentor taste test was great: nice and chocolatey with a great aroma. Fermentation went fine at 69 degrees for a week. Clarified in secondary for a week followed by a mid-30 degree cold crash for a day. Pre-keg taste was kind of flat; chocolate taste was gone as was the lovely peppermint aroma, so I tossed two more tea bags into the keg, force carbed and tasted a few days later. Almost no chocolate or peppermint taste or aroma other than the cocoa bitterness. Any ideas what went wrong? Any thoughts about remedies? (I'm thinking about adding a bit of chocolate extract and another few tea bags to the keg, perhaps even a little peppermint extract.)

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:22 PM   #125
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I followed the recipe exactly (4 oz cocoa, 10 bags celestial peppermint tea, WLP 004, etc). The pre-fermentor taste test was great: nice and chocolatey with a great aroma. Fermentation went fine at 69 degrees for a week. Clarified in secondary for a week followed by a mid-30 degree cold crash for a day. Pre-keg taste was kind of flat; chocolate taste was gone as was the lovely peppermint aroma, so I tossed two more tea bags into the keg, force carbed and tasted a few days later. Almost no chocolate or peppermint taste or aroma other than the cocoa bitterness. Any ideas what went wrong? Any thoughts about remedies? (I'm thinking about adding a bit of chocolate extract and another few tea bags to the keg, perhaps even a little peppermint extract.)
I've found that for me, if I let the beer settle in the keg for a week or two, the flavors mesh a lot more than they do initially. It IS subtle, though.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:34 PM   #126
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I've found that for me, if I let the beer settle in the keg for a week or two, the flavors mesh a lot more than they do initially. It IS subtle, though.
Same here... I was just surprised by how much flavor and aroma I lost during fermentation and clarification (secondary). I'm hoping it'll improve in a couple weeks... my club is meeting on 1/15 and I want to serve this proudly.

I made a label, but went with "Peppermint Pattie" instead of "Andes Mint" because Peppermint Patties are my favorite food.

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This may seem like a stupid question, but when you measure 4oz cocoa powder, is that a volume of 4oz or a weight of 4oz?

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I go by weight.

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This may seem like a stupid question, but when you measure 4oz cocoa powder, is that a volume of 4oz or a weight of 4oz?
I'm probably not the best guy to ask given my previous post (see above), but I weighed out 4 oz.

I'm thinking about adding some chocolate extract and peppermint schnapps to the keg. Anyone have any idea about how much to add? I already did 4 oz cocoa powder and 10 tea bags in the kettle and 2 bags in the keg and the flavor and aroma are barely noticable.
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just placed an order to brew this again. last time i used 8oz of cocoa and am excited to try with 4oz. i also have a bunch of loose leaf peppermint tea, so will throw about 6TBS of that in during the boil and see how it turns out.

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