Just a quick update on my version of this. I turned it in to the Bell's 2012 Homebrew competition and it made it to the final round of 12 beers out of 126 total entries. It ended up being a runner up. For the Bells competition, they give you 5 gallons of Michigan pale malt that they brew up into wort. You take it home and do whatever you want to it before submitting. I used the steeping grains listed in this recipe and 10 oz of toasted coconut, using WLP 001. I just brewed up 10 gallons of it hoping I can re-create it. I'm sure it will be very close.
So I forgot to take the OG when I brewed (my second brew and a few too many beers are my scapegoats). I assume that it was somewhere around 1.060 as that is what it came out to when I put the recipe in hopville. I added an extra 2 oz of lactose, but otherwise follow the op recipe. My fermentation seems to be stuck at 1.026 after 4 weeks, it is stable after two readings 3 days apart. I am wondering if I should try to add more yeast to kick start some more fermentation or if this is as good as it gets. I did not use a yeast starter, I used Denny's favorite and had one of the most violent fermentations I have had yet, which kicked off after about 12 hours. I was gonna bottle this weekend, but i have a witbier that i can bottle instead and leave it in the fermenter for another week. I would love any thoughts you have.
On a side note. It is really tasty. I love the toasty nose it has, and can't wait to get it into the bottle so it can start conditioning
It would seem that if the gravity was targeted for 1.058 and final at 1.020 you get .038 of gravity. From 1.062 to 1.026 is .036 gravity. The recipe mentions a 1 liter yeast starter which could account for the extra fermentation of .02. Sounds like it should be okay, but may have more sugar. Still a rookie in this. I need to check my gravity soon, it's now been 11 days so most of primary fermentation should be complete.
Started brewing February 2012:
1. German Altbier kit 2. American Pale Ale kit 3. Smoked Porter kit 4. Witbier kit 5. JAOM mead 6. Hoppiness is an IPA 7. Cinnamon Apfelwein 8. English Brown Ale 9. Grape Pyment. 10. Cherry Cinnamon apfelwein 11. Raspberry Requiem. 12. Raspberry JAOM 13. Deception Cream Stout 14. California Common 15. Citrade Pale Ale 16. Cinnamon Apfelwein 17. Starberry Mead 18. German Grandpa Altbier (all grain) 19. Lemon Lime Hefeweizen 20. Founder's Breakfast Stout Clone
I saw some ppl adde cocoa nibs. How did that work out for you? I am planning on soaking 8 oz of nibs I picked up at whole foods in some vanilla rum I got from a distillery while I was on vacation in Mauritius, and then tossing them in the fermenter for a week before I bottle.
I just made a trip to the LHBS and picked up all the ingredients... Gonna brew it soon, maybe this weekend. I decided to add a vanilla bean (maybe 2?) to secondary for about one week. Hope to get a somewhat-sessionable (almost "dessert-ish") beer. Really looking forward to trying this one!
"Give a man a beer, and he will waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and he will waste a lifetime!" Bill Owen