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Old 03-05-2013, 05:22 AM   #161
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I just bottled this about 15 minutes ago and I thought I'd share my notes and opinions on the peppermint flavor. I steeped 4 Celestial Seasonings Peppermint tea bags in 1 quart of water for about 5 minutes. While that was cooling I went ahead and bottled the first half (about 1.5 gallons) of the regular beer and set aside a hydro sample. I added the peppermint tea slowly to the remaining 1.5 gallons and this is what I came up with.

At 1/2 quart (2 cups) of tea there was a slight after-taste and a slight smell added to the beer.

At 3/4 quart (3 cups) the taste was only slightly mintier but it gained a sort of minty hoppy smell.

Finally, at the full quart there is a very nice minty taste and a slight minty tingle the first few sips you get of it. The smell maintains that minty, hoppy smell as stated before.

If I were to do it again I'd probably do the quart of tea but up it to 5 or maybe 6 tea bags and add the full quart. Oh yeah, and when I went back to the hydro sample I was very surprised at the amount of chocolate that came through. It's not like these are two different beers but the mint does make a huge difference. All in all this is a delicious beer and I can't wait to have these fully carbed. Thanks for the recipe! Cheers!!

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Old 03-06-2013, 04:06 AM   #162
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Great looking recipe and thread. I can't wait to brew this in about 4 weeks.

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Old 03-08-2013, 08:59 PM   #163
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Time for my promised review. I brewed this on 1/26/2013 and kegged it a week or ten days later. It's been pretty heavy on the mint and on the edge of undrinkable for me until yesterday.
The nose is moderately mint with a roast undertone.
Mouthfeel is thick, just as it should be. It literally chews. Initial flavor is identical to your average stout. Rich, roasty grains and a little chocolate in the background. As the beer warms on the tongue the mint becomes more evident, though not overpowering. Aftertaste is very much a chocolate mint candy. Semi-bitter chocolate comes up first followed by a smooth mint. The blend is very pleasant, though there is a slight alcohol burn to finish off the profile.

While this beer took quite a while to clean up and mellow, it was worth the wait. Kyle

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Old 03-10-2013, 01:26 PM   #164
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Brewing the chocolate stout this morning. No mint this time - I will probably rebrew this for the winter and add the mint.

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:49 PM   #165
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Nice! Does your LHBS put the hops in those bottles themselves?

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Old 03-11-2013, 12:03 AM   #166
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I brewed this yesterday. My digital thermometer was WAY out of wack. I don't have a clue what my mash temp was. The rest if the brew was uneventful. My OG was 1.052.
It has been in the fermenter for ~24 hours and its looking great. The krausen looks like toxic swamp sludge, but the beer looks very chocolatey.
I used only 4.5 oz cocoa powder and 10 celestial seasoning peppermint tea bags. The bitter cocoa flavor was prominent and the minty tingle was noticable.
I have high hopes for this beer.

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Old 03-11-2013, 12:12 AM   #167
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This beer is my goal. I have just started brewing this year but am optimistic about sharing this brew with the family at the holidays.

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After four weeks in the bottle, mine had a carbonation issue. Very little carbonation on this beer. I wonder if my mint extract had some sort of artificial preservative in it that killed the yeast. I used S04 on it so i'll upgrade the yeast on the next batch. Feedback was positive and I even have a friend that want's a case, so i'm brewing it up in two weeks for him.

Positives: Great thick mouth feel, strong mint & strong chocolate flavor. Mellow and smooth with no hints of tannin due to the 48 hour roasted grain tea method.

Negatives: Lacking carbonation, no head, residual powdered chocolate in bottles, super strong mint & chocolate flavor, hops completely overpowered.

Fix for version 2.0 (to be brewed weekend after next): Switch to celestial seasonings mint tea bags for tea addition, dial back the powdered cocoa by 1/2, strain through coffee filter to remove cocoa powder, use Irish or Scottish ale yeast.

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Old 03-18-2013, 03:05 PM   #169
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I too am seeing the issues with carbonation in bottles. My batch has been in bottles for 2 weeks today and the beer gets pretty much no head and only slightly laces the glass. I was hoping it would get better but after your post I'm not holding out much hope. At first I was thinking it was because of the cocoa nibs solution in the extended secondary period that was causing my issue but it seems to be more widespread; maybe it's the cocoa powder?

I don't want to sound like this makes the beer bad because this is probably the best beer I've ever brewed! For those brewing it next I would try other methods to achieve carbonation like kegging. The chocolate smell is absolutely amazing thanks to the cocoa nibs. I'd say a fair tradeoff

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Nice! Does your LHBS put the hops in those bottles themselves?
Sorry missed this but yeah my LHBS store sells hops in these 1oz bottles.
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